|Project by hjt||posted 03-30-2011 05:11 AM||2057 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
Da little woman is always complaining that we have too much wasted space. So in an effort to help us get organized, while at Home Depot, she picked up a copy of “Get Organized.” This was The Family Handyman’s magazine during the 1st quarter of 2010. Never to be one accused of diving in too quickly… a year later I built this handy shelving unit!
Behind most every door is about 5” of wasted space. This space is perfect for storing small things like aerosol cans, quart bottles of oil, and the like.
Looking at the article I thought to myself… “no problem, I should have this up quickly.” Well, with my limited experience, even this small project offered me some challenges. This first challenge were the three 2×4’s supporting the door hinges. These 2x’s were not flush and the wall is not straight.
This meant that I needed to add a board and I needed to learn how to cut this to fit. Thanks to the many wonderful folks of LJ, I got plenty of help with that question.
I’m very happy with the way this turned out. It holds a lot of stuff, it looks great, and the shelves are level!! Plus, I learned how to use several tools. I learned how to use a Speed Square http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_square to calculate angles so the boards laid flush against the wall.
I learned how to cut the board discussed above with the use a jig that the LJ buddies suggested. The photo below shows the use of a simple sled. I used double sided carpet tape to hold my pressure treated wood to a piece of pine. The PT is set on this board so that when ripped, it is 4.5 inches wide at the top and tappers down to 4 inches at the bottom. The board is 75 inches tall.
And I used my jointer planner the first time!!