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Project by Viktor posted 1041 days ago 3559 views 18 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this project I tried combination of wood and metal. Aluminum framing allows for more slender and light appearance. Shelves and table are solid maple finished with clear water based polyurethane. I wanted something durable for the table with minimum effect on natural wood color. Mitered corners of the shelves reinforced with hidden splines. Shelves attached to T-slots of the frame and hence adjustable. Overall dimensions of the shelving unit are 150×180x35 cm. The table (125×70 cm) is symmetrical (the apron underneath) and could be fitted with another leg and converted to a stand-alone type.

The entire weight rests on the floor (not hangs on the wall). The floor is carpeted, which compresses depending on weight. Horizontal aluminum beams are bolted to the wall board through elongated slots, hence there is some room for vertical movement. The bolt can be undone through a small excess hole (barely visible) on the front near the elbow and the whole thing could be taken down without removing the wall board.

Aluminum extrusions (40×40mm) and some hardware are from 80/20 Inc. (www.8020.net), which I got through Ebay. There are several manufacturers of similar products (Bosch, MiniTech, MK technology, etc.), but this one was the heaviest in this size (2.4 kg/m) and in my opinion most esthetically appealing for furniture application. In the retrospect lighter profiles of similar dimensions would also work fine.

Thank you for looking.





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Viktor

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#1 posted 1041 days ago

Here is a close-up of the table leg. I cut aluminum on a regular portable table saw with specialty blade.

I also plan to add an enclosed cabinet (or two) similar to the one on the drawing. It might be either with hinged or sliding glass (?) doors or could be with drawers.

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bent

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#2 posted 1041 days ago

very innovative use of materials, i love it!

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404 - Not Found

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#3 posted 1041 days ago

Very nice job. I for one like the mix of materials and clean, simple form. Just goes to show that not everything has to be curled and curved and moulded within an inch of its life to look good.

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woodzy

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#4 posted 1041 days ago

It looks great with the natural light coming in from that window.
I really like the heavy chamfer you’ve used throughout the construction of the shelves and the table.
Ypu’vr done really great work from the design to the finish.

-- Anthony

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MartyShapiro

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#5 posted 1041 days ago

Nice Job

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rusty2010

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#6 posted 1041 days ago

Great minimalist design. I agree with your retrospect on the rails. I went to the web-site you posted. Fantastic product, I will give ot a lot of consideration.Thanks for posting and the information

-- check, recheck then check again

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1041 days ago

Looking good ! I like it.

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

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FunkadelicAlex

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#8 posted 1041 days ago

This is really cool. I work for an aluminum distributor here in Florida (www.EagleMetalsInc.com), but I love woodworking. This project combines my work & my hobby. I really like this. I would have never thought of this but having all the shelving being adjustable like that is awesome. Great design and build!

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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zlatanv

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#9 posted 1040 days ago

Looks very cool, sleek, modern, simple look but cool style.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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kiefer

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#10 posted 1040 days ago

Very elegant modern design .
I hope you post the update soon !

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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FlightFeathers

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#11 posted 924 days ago

They came out great. really nice looking. can you expand on the joinery to attach the sides to the shelf?

these remind me of these remind me of what ISS or Atlas are making.

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 924 days ago

Have you calculated the weight limit for the shelves? Not that I don’t think they’re strong, I’m curious.

Looks fantastic! I like the simple lines, form follows function aspect of this design.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Viktor

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#13 posted 923 days ago

UnbelievableLuck,
The joinery is hidden splines. Here is x-ray view:

I made 7 or 8 splines per joint. They are relatively easy to do with router. I used to do hidden dovetails for this type of joints, but switched to splines because its faster and just about as strong. Yes, I’ve seen ISS and Atlas shelving before. I really like the latter, but the price… There is an overview of similar units here: http://remodelista.com/posts/10-easy-pieces-wall-mounted-shelving-systems-

DIYaholic,
No, I did not calculate load capacity. Hope they will hold.

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ToGoMan

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#14 posted 627 days ago

Very cool projects, Viktor!

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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