HotWheels Display Shelf

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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.

Design considerations:
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 isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#1 posted 1066 days ago

This is really a cool idea and nicely done….thanks.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 1066 days ago

That’s great! I love the design and that it is more of a display shelf than a storage shelf. I can see both your wife and sons observations of what it looks like. That’s funny. ;)

How did you hang it?

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 1066 days ago

Reloaded the initial pic. Better now.


-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 1066 days ago

Nice looking project. Function and great design. Plus I am sure after the hotwheel phase, this can display something else. Well done.

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#5 posted 1066 days ago

the coolest design and well built too.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1066 days ago

very cool shelf, love the design with the different length shelves making a pattern. What a great way to show those cars off!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#7 posted 1066 days ago

Your photos detail your work nicely…..........

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#8 posted 1066 days ago

Neat shelf. Thanks for all of the pics showing the steps you did.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 1066 days ago

just had a baby boy, can’t wait to start playing with cars with him. The shelf is great, love the design.

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#10 posted 1066 days ago

Great looking display, I like the design and that its not boring. Well done!

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

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#11 posted 1066 days ago

Now this is to cool, nicely done.

-- Doug...

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#12 posted 1066 days ago

Great display!

I didn’t even know Hotwheels were still around.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 1066 days ago

Beautiful work and a beauiful way to display the cars and still keep them accessable.Contrasting woods is a terrific idea.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 1066 days ago

That’s the coolest car shelf I’ve ever seen! I might have to steal that idea, but let my son put some of his lego creations on it. Thanks for posting.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#15 posted 1066 days ago

Excellent design and liked the number of pictures you have given to show the details of construction. I wish other LJs also do the same. What is the height and width of the shelf?


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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