Wall Mounted Shelf Unit

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Project by MayflowerDescendant posted 11-05-2010 08:08 AM 5032 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife enjoys two hobbies – knitting / spinning / dyeing (of wool) and soap making. Both require an infinite number of small bottles of liquid or powder-based dyes, perfumes and various other ingredients. For the most part, these have found a place in and amongst our normal laundry room supplies. Problem is … go for one thing and knock over / send flying several other bottles or containers. Solution … to build a dedicated, wall-mounted unit, with several adjustable shelves. Location … out of the place, but acccessible. Sounds like that wasted wall space behind the laundry room door would be ideal.

The unit measures 32 inches wide, 39 inches tall, and 7-1/2 inches deep. The top, middle and bottom shelves are fixed. In addition, I made four, adjustable shelves (pictures show three, the fourth is resting on top of the unit). I utilized gold-tone, metal pilasters and shelf clips (Lee Valley product numbers 17K40.01 and 17K40.51 respectively).

The main carcass is made out of 3/4-inch birch ply, trimmed in red oak. The backing is a piece of 1/4-inch birch ply, dadoed into the sides, top and bottom shelves. Each shelf edge is trimmed with a 1/4-inch by 1-1/4 inch strip of red oak – providing a sufficient lip that prevents the bottles from being knocked off the shelf. The entire unit has 3 coats of semi-gloss Varathane and is anchored / cleated to the wall.

Nothing sophisticated here. A purely utilitarian project that keeps the better half happy.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 08:10 AM

Nice job Glen!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 08:47 AM

You gotta do those projects too. Good job.

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

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#3 posted 11-05-2010 09:00 AM

utilitarian it mite be but very nicely done

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#4 posted 11-05-2010 11:47 AM

Well done and great use of dead space.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-05-2010 03:14 PM

Nice work, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 11-05-2010 04:28 PM

Nice work, Glen. It’s always beneficial to keep the better half happy because ‘if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy’.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 02:57 PM

That is really a fine looking project! It is a beautiful place to store all those small items and not have things lost in layers of bottles etc. Very nice work!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 12:52 AM

That very nice. Nothing utilitarian about it – a beautiful piece.

-- Harold

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