Shelves - quick and simple

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Project by MyFathersSon posted 05-25-2010 04:56 AM 2169 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend moved into an apartment with VERY little cabinet space.
First thought was to build a small cupboard – but there was even less floor space in the kitchen/dining area.
So one restless morning these quick and easy shelves came to mind.
Mounted inside the laundry room door they provide storage space for canned goods and cleaning supplies
freeing up about half of a small cabinet without taking any needed space.
Nothing fancy just 1/2” borg grade birch plywood, cut to size, rounded over on the router table, glued and bradded.
In retrospect—wish I had made the interior shelves adjustable—but——

Construction time – about 3 hours (plus finishing)
Materials cost – about $25
Smile from my friend—priceless.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 05:04 AM

Nice, simple, clean design and a very useful addition to a small apartment. I’m sure your friend will think of you and smile every time this gets used.

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 05:28 AM

Simplicity is a fine thing

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 05:35 AM

That’s a nice simple Storage Solution! BUT! You should have run it all the way to the floor to put the BEER in!

Oh Wait! BEER goes in the Fridge doesn’t it. Another IDEA down the Drain …LOL…


-- I Take My Kids Everywhere! The Problem Is, They Keep Finding Their Way Back Home! (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 05:37 AM

this works

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 06:17 AM

Quick and simple is just the thing! No point in slow and elaborate sometimes. Teh best part is you get to enjoy the results that much sooner.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 06:44 AM

Nice project…Keep ‘em smilin’ :-)

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 06:49 AM

great idea! cool design

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 04:47 PM

sras -
I admit to being prone to overdesigning and putting a lot more thought/time/energy into things than the intended use might merit. Have to remind myself that – fast and simple—is not the same as ‘quick and dirty’.
Rick -
Actually my friend is more of a wine person. And Im afraid that laundry closet gets a bit warm for either.
Fortunately—they DO have a good sized fridge :-) And yes we did toast the project.
To all—
Thank you for the kind words for my simple little contribution.
It occurs to me – it might make a good – first project—for a youngster or beginner.
If it prompts someone like that to pick up tools—I’m glad.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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