|Project by Jeff||posted 04-06-2007 08:20 AM||3605 views||11 times favorited||16 comments|
I created this out of necessity because the old brownstone we live in is lacking sufficient closets. KT and I have a good deal of open-air space and high ceilings but we sacrifice storage space. The loft has a small 5 foot wide (only 22” deep) closet augmented by an unfortunate particle board armoire. Previously, this closet had only one shelf spanning the length of the closet anchored to one stud and the corner joints. If you want the whole silly story, visit my blog on the closet.
I mistakenly estimated the sturdiness of the shelf and built a case to house my sweaters, shoes and miscellaneous items. I built it out of 1/2” Baltic Birch because I wasn’t totally oblivious to weight concerns. I just underestimated the installation skills of the previous owners. I am learning many things the hard way. But, I won’t easily repeat my mistakes.
- Baltic Birch is great to work with;
- finger joints in BB are very strong but hard to fit if they are just a little tight (easy to rip out top layer);
- BB is very sturdy if the ol’ closet collapses… this case was very minimally damaged but the closet wall had to undergo significant repairs. The basic rabbet joints glued with Titebond II suffered NO negative effects from the wrenching and shifting required to get the case out.
- Slotted interlocking shelves for easier portability;
- drawers have box/finger joinery in the front for aesthetic purposes and rabbet joinery on the rear of the drawers;
- there are no runners or mounts for the drawers as they are meant to be loose in the case and easily and quietly pulled out while others are asleep.
-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN