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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 05-01-2010 07:41 AM 2874 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I decided to build a shelf to help sort out a pile of material in the garage/shop. There isn’t a lot of extra room in a 2 car garage tripling as an electrical warehouse, personal garage and wood shop ;-) I almost put up a couple of 2×12’s to span the 7-6”.

Remembering all the torsion boxes posted here on LJ, why not build a torsion shelf? I could leave one side open to provide a bunch of cubby hole spaces for small items. Here it is: made of ½” big box plywood and 1×8.

BTW, I like to work outside if it isn’t raining. All the sawdust just fertilizes the lawn and I don’t even have to sweep the shop :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence





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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 12:53 PM

Looks great does it hang on the wall? if so, how?,, I’m in Raleigh, NC,,this time of years is the best for outsde..I’m all for working outside when I can.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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Derek Lyons

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#2 posted 05-01-2010 04:37 PM

For those not from the Seattle area like Topomax and I – “when it’s not raining outside” is roughly equivalent to “when hell freezes over”... :)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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stefang

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 06:49 PM

Amen to that Derek, Norway is the same! Well done Bob, you might have produced the world’s first torsion shelf.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 09:04 PM

Thanks for the comments. It just sits on the 2×4 frame you see in the 5th picture. The frame sits on a 7’ 6” table top I used as a shelf storing materials ect above and below. Boxes and reels of cable are bulky. The table is nothing more than an equipment pallet I salvaged off a job. I took some other pallets apart to make the supports for it. It is stout!! 2×12 and 4×4!!

I wondered if the 1/2 plywood would be strong enough to not deform. It is giving just a little at the point of support on the end that is 6” in from the end, See pic 5. The rest of it is holding up fine and staying straight.

I stated the span wrong on the original post, I’ll fix it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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degoose

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 10:13 PM

Now you are organised.. nice bit of a shelf and I like the way you divided it.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 09:03 AM

I thougt I need to keep the supports no further than 2 feet apart, but I didn’t want to limit them to 2 feet wide, so I only made one of them go all the way to the back.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 09:04 AM

BTW, I screwed it together incase I decided to modify or salvage the lumber if it didn’t work out as planned.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lumberdustjohn

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 01:48 PM

Shelves in the shop, good idea on screwing together.
I borrow material when needed to finish a project that I have underestimated.
Don’t know how many times I have pulled a hinge off a door to finish something.
Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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