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Sept 25, 2013
What started out as a request from the Queen for a place to store the shoes …
… evolved into a wall of free standing shelves and a place for the flat screen TV!
To make moving these units into place easier, they were made in 2 sections that got screwed together once in place.
It starts with the base cabinets (34 inches high, 11-3/4 inch deep and 35 inches wide for the side units and 36 inches wide for the center unit) ….
… to which the upper units (53 inches high, 11-3/4 inch deep and 35 inches wide for the side units and 36 inches wide for the center unit) is attached with screws. Note the cord access hole in the back panel which every unit has except the the lower side units where the shoe storage drawers live.
The center section of these units were made so the 32 inch flat screen TV would fit on the shelf. I also had a requirement to NOT cover the wall switches at either end of the units so the side units were made 1 inch less wide. Consequently the shoe drawers will only fit in the side units.
It would have been much easier if all the units were the same width.
PIVOTING SHOE DRAWERS
The pivoting shoe drawer idea came from IKEA. Trying to make it work was another story. It starts out with what I call the pivoting side plates that have (2) 1/4 inch steel pins press fit into snug holes.
The backs of these plates have trapezoid looking sticks (shelf rests) that are attached and fit into the sawtooth shelf supports that are used through out this project.
A bunch of these shelf rests were cut for the shelf supports as well as the pivot plates.
For clearance, the bottoms of these pivot panels were placed 1/2 inch above the bottom and 1/2 inch apart. They are just press-fit into the sawtooth shelf supports.
The other part that makes this drawer PIVOT system work is the sides of the Shoe Storage Drawer. One routing jig was created to make both the left and right sides (which are mirror images).
Here are the two parts (pivot plate and drawer side) side by side. Note that the drawer side was routed while it was still square so registering it in the jig would be easier. Also you might notice that 1/4 inch wide and deep dadoes were cut in the other side for dividers in the drawers. This is also good to cut while the piece is square. The rounded part was cut after all the routing and dadoing was done.
This is how it looks on the assembled pivoting shoe drawer.
Here are the two drawers opened. NOTE: The shoe drawer assembly was just screwed together. This will make it easier to convert the tilting concept into a pull out type drawer in the future if this concept proves unworkable in the future. It was good I did screw it together as I had to disassemble one shoe drawer to re-route the tracks as they were binding.
The neat part of this design is – if the shoe drawers are no longer needed, they can be removed and replaced with shelves. It’s modular. I could even take a shoe drawer and mount it in the lower part of the upper cabinet (therotecially).
SHELVES and SAWTOOTH SHELF SUPPORTS
As mentioned before the shelves are supported by wooden shelf supports called SAWTOOTH SHELF SUPPORTS. This method of making adjustable shelves was done long ago but is a very time consuming task. I discovered that unless I added this 1/2 in. X 1/2 In. stick to the shelf supports, the shelves would tilt if pressure was applied to the front edge of the shelf.
Each shelf support fit into the sawtooth shelf supports that were glued to each side of each case carcass. The following picture shows the face frame being attached after the shelf adjusters were glued in place.
The ends of each shelf required cuts to go around the shelf adjusters.
Each shelf also had a front lip attached to (1) hide the plywood and (2) to add strength and visual appeal to the shelf.
This is what the shelf looks like installed
If you decide to build a project using sawtooth shelf supports, I would recommend that you cut the sawtooth shelf supports long enough so that you can gang 4 together with a screw at each end in the waste wood. This assures that all your shelves are level and all supports match. I would also recommend you use a miter sled on your table saw to make all the cuts. I used the band saw just to finish off the pointy ends.
I used 45 degree cuts but you could also use 22-1/2 degree cuts for the sawtooth cuts.
Here are the long and short shelf adjusters ready to be trimmed and installed.
Since I didn’t have enough long lengths of scrounged plywood for the sides of the upper units, I decided to make paneled sides for the upper units using some beaded cherry paneling that I had laying around. This tied in well with the plybead panels that I used for the backs of each unit. BTW, the plybead panels were one of the things that I had to purchase for this project.
To go along with this theme, I also made the shoe drawer fronts as panels with the cherry beaded paneling.
TRIM and HANDLES
The base of the bottom units were trimmed with 5-1/4” wide base board (which was the only other thing that I had to purchase for this project).
The tops of the bottom units were made from walnut veneer plywood with solid walnut edging with a polyurethane finish. NOTE: These tops were attached with screws to make finishing the walnut with polyurethane easier. You only really see the edge of these tops and I could have used just plywood but the 3/4 inch walnut veneer plywood was there and free.
The solid walnut handles on the shoe drawers also got a polyurethane finish and were attached with screws after the finish was applied.
The tops of the upper units were trimmed with scrounged crown molding.
A white high gloss laytex paint was used for all the units except where polyurethane was used.
NOTE: Painting the shelf adjusters were a real PITA. However you only do it once. Paint adds thickness so make the shelf rests with a loose fit. Mine were a little tight after painting.
The plybead backs (3/8 inch thick) were painted a light yellow which matched the walls in the room and were screwed on after the paint dried. That made painting a lot easier.
A 2 inch hole was drilled in the plybead backs and rounded over to allow the cords for the power strips to go through. Notches were cut in the back of the shelf upon which the flat screen TV sits to allow cords and cables to pass.
To make them easy to slide away from the wall to get at outlets, MAGIC SLIDES were attached with double-sided carpet tape. I used the 1 inch X 4 inch ones that I cut in half and placed on 4 corners under the base cabinets. If you’ve never used them, they are great for moving big pieces of furniture on solid surface floors. You can get them at AMAZON.
Because the floors were not dead flat, I had to use shims to make the units sit right.
TIME and COST
This project took about 1 month to design and a little over 2 months to complete. The total spent on this project from mostly scrounged materials was about $150. That’s a lot less than my Queen was going to spend at IKEA.
Any and all comments are welcomed and encouraged. I’d like to hear how you liked (or didn’t like) this project design.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this project.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA