|Project by lysdexic||posted 09-21-2011 05:02 AM||148661 views||72 times favorited||48 comments|
This is my third project. I made this for my son who shares the same obsessive personality trait as me. He loves Hotwheels and man, he has a bunch. I really have not given him any in a long time. But the rest of the family just keeps on bringing them.
I wanted it to hold about a 100 cars
I wanted to think “outside the box” and present the cars at angle for interest and not straight to the side or nose. At first I was going to angle them to the side about 30 degrees but this made construction more complicated and decreased capacity.
Also, wanted a more floating quality and didn’t want to build just a box with shelves.
I wanted to use contrasting woods but the poplar and walnut are too stark together.
The convexity of the center spline was an after thought. It gives it a uniqueness and a personality but I would not do it again.
Poplar spline from Lowes and the shelves are re-sawn 4/4 walnut.
The joints are tight half laps and there is nothing glued.
The hanging hardware came from Lee Valley
I am happy how it came out but would do things differently next time. Right now a musing over a set of shelves to hold some of his die-cast cars.
My son says it looks like a sailboat and my wife says it looks like a rib cage.
Again, no glue or hardware to secure the shelves. Just a half-lapped joint with a tight interference fit.
The shelves were trim to length to match the curvature/arc of the center spline
The final product.
Thanks for looking.
-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty