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Project by blackdogwoodshop posted 2346 days ago 1951 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2 years ago, I made a set of shelves at my wife’s request. These shelves were for my son (who is now two and a half) to keep toys on. The design called for shelves large enough to hold baskets that would be used to store most of his toys. The idea is to allow for easy access for him to all of his toys and help him learn to keep things in their place. This has been very effective as he now knows where each of his toys belongs and will usually pick his toys up when prompted. I constructed the shelves from 1/2” Maple. The shelves are roughly 36” tall, 45” wide, and 14” deep.

I designed these shelves with a few things in mind:
1. I wanted them to be easy to construct.
2. I wanted to take them down and store them flat.
3. The dimensions needed to accommodate the baskets.
4. I wanted them to be durable and safe for kids.

Based on these requirements, I used a simple set of notches in the shelves and the supports that allow the pieces to fit together snugly enough that they don’t require glue but not so snugly that they can’t be disassembled. I rounded all of the exposed corners on the shelves with a 3/4” radius and the exposed corners on the supports with a 1” radius. I created a bull nose profile on the all exposed edges. This profile is strong, durable, and softens the edge. For this finish, I chose mineral oil because it brings out the beauty of the Maple and is completely non-toxic. Of course, I attached the shelves firmly to wall studs so there is no chance of them tipping over.

These shelves have been used heavily everyday for about 2 years, and they still look great. Every year or so, I add a fresh coat of mineral oil to keep the finish looking good. I recently made a second set of shelves using the same design but with different dimensions.

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com





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cajunpen

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#1 posted 2346 days ago

Nice design and well constructed. Looks like you had better start on another one – that one is full :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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blackdogwoodshop

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#2 posted 2346 days ago

I just finished building another taller, narrower set last weekend! I’ll post another project for the new set soon.

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2346 days ago

Daniel.

These are really nice shelves and I am glad to see that you have built another set. It is amazing how quickly these guys manage to fill up storage spaces with their toys and books. I really like your design. I have been requested to re-do the storage shelves that we currently using for storing our grandchildren’s toys. I may have to look seriously at something like your design.

By the way I like the wall paneling as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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GaryK

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#4 posted 2346 days ago

Man, that’s a lot of maple! I think I would have used plywood and edged it.

Good looking job though!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 2346 days ago

Looks very nice. If it is teaching the young one to be organized it is a good thing.

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Kane

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#6 posted 2346 days ago

Do you have any drawings or pics showing how it goes together?

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#7 posted 2346 days ago

Very nice! Simple but efficient design.

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

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blackdogwoodshop

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#8 posted 2345 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the compliments.

Kane, here is a Sketchup drawing I created that shows how they fit together. The drawing is actually of a taller, narrower set of shelves, but the joinery is the same.

Maple Shelves Sketchup Drawing

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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Kane

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#9 posted 2342 days ago

Excellent mate – appreciate the info :)

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