Daughter's dorm room shelf

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Project by RangerPMac posted 10-21-2012 07:33 PM 2951 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My own design for a simple shelf for Mina’s dorm room at Texas Tech. Poplar painted white with FastCap edge banding in red and black. I used dado joints for the ends of the dividers and shelves with square drive screws to stiffen the lightweight construction. Heavy duty Velcro was used on the bottom of the assembly so she could apply it to a very narrow 6” wide shelf. It measures 42” square and I have about 20 hours in it (yes I know I’m slow). I did put on 4 coats of paint because I figure with all of the moving over the next 4 years…oh well, you know. It is square and surprisingly sturdy…she should be able to load it with picture frames and stuffed kitties :) Not sure if the “T” is visible to y’all but the background in her room is black so should stand out.

-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 11:21 PM

Very Nice Wall shelf system you came up with there!!! I really like the look of these unusual bookcases/picture stands/kitty holders!! or whatever they are called…lol.
This is without a doubt a keeper and a project that requires an add to favorites for future reference to copy the design and build one for myself. The nice thing about this is that it could be incorporated into any room!!
Did you use sketchup for the build or was this a pencil sketch?

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 11:38 PM

Very nice job even if Tech did put a hurtin’ on my Cyclones a couple weeks back.

My daughters want me to make them some bookcases that have random height and length shelves in them. I wonder how well plywood would work on this since the shelves need to be a big wider? Also, I’m not familiar with the FastCap edge banding. Is it relatively easy to work with? One last question – what kind of paint did you use? I was considering using regular latex wall paint and spraying a couple coats of water based poly urethane. Any other suggestions?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 06:32 AM

Looks great. The red really pops. I didn’t notice the “T” until you pointed it out but I bet the college kid’s will….....................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 11:07 AM

That will help to make the dorm more like home. Very nice project.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 01:30 PM

@ Jason – I just sketched it up with pencil and paper. I wanted something easy to assemble but sturdy. It made sense to me just to dado the 3/4” lumber just 1/4” deep and assemble using the square drive screws.

@ Earl – I used the self adhesive FastEdge product I found on
The product is super easy to use with the roller, flush cut trimmer and quad trimmer. I highly recommend the product and it was my first time to use it. I love BEHR paint and the way it covers. So I used an interior latex pure white gloss. Three coats over a coat of KILZ primer. It should hold up well.

Thanks for looking and for the comments!

-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 05:32 PM

I like TETRIS also :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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