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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 04-04-2012 05:28 AM 977 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another project for my office room I’ve wanted to do since I’ve started working from home, it gets my laptop and printer off the desk and opens up a lot of space. The unit has 1 shelf on drawer glides to allow me to easily pull the laptop out to insert a disc or flip up the monitor if I need too. (Usually when I’m at home I use an external keyboard and monitor on my laptop so I don’t need it out and open all the time). It also has 2 adjustable shelves on shelf pins, right now it’s holding a printer and an old school VHS player for VHS to DVD conversions.

The shelf pins where drilled using rockler’s shelf pin drilling jig. I’ve used this jig a few times now and it works pretty well, it’s nice and simple and does exactly what it’s supposed too. It’s made from “cabinet grade” plywood from home depot, it’s the same price as MDF but a lot lighter but seems to be much better than their low end plywood, it’s a nice middle ground from the low end plywood and their oak veneered plywood.

It’s painted with black latex paint that’s supposed to be paint and primer in 1, and I thought that would make it easier to cover the wood grain, but after 3 coats I gave up and decided it’s good enough. I think next time I’ll first cover the project in watered down wood glue or something to smooth out the wood grain. I didn’t add a poly topcoat like I normally do over paint because I wanted to see how durable latex paint was on it’s own. So far my gut tells me it’s going to scratch really easily and I should do some clear top coats next time .. who knows.

The joints are all butt joints reinforced with biscuits, my biscuit cutting technique could use some work (or some jigs) because the sides didn’t line up perfectly even, but it wasn’t a flush trim bit couldn’t fix pretty easily.

-jeremy

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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 01:32 PM

Nice job Jeremy!
That is a really smart way to store all your components in a stacked space, and it makes them all easy to get at.
Making the lower shelves adjustable is smart too in case your needs change.
That black gives it a cool look too.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 09:56 PM

Great idea, and better than buying something at a store

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 10:40 PM

That is a great idea and an even better job!

Thanks for posting!
-Jim, aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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