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01-15-2016 08:30 PM

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Client (read: wife) wants me to build a built in shoe/purse/undershirt/sock wall shelving unit. It will go flat against a wall. I will build a base of 2×6 for it to sit on and level. It has to be roughly 2×6 so I can match the base molding in the rest of the closet. It is a true walk in closet. Does it sound reasonable to build smaller boxes and stack them on top of each other? The overall size will be roughly 52’ wide and 9’ tall. The bottom section will be 1 large box (five sections) approximately 16” tall and 52” wide and 13” deep. Each layer above that will be comprised of two medium sized boxes (each split in half with a stationary divider).
So each row will be two medium boxes with 4 total cubbies. Everything will be built with ¾” plywood. The front (face frame) of the entire build will be 1 ½” wide ash or poplar (or something similar) to dress it up. I’m using 1 ½” ash/poplar to cover up the plywood. The width of the plywood in the places where they meet will be 1 1’2” wide. The openings (widths and heights) will be interesting do to the fact that we are using home depot (canvas covered / Martha Stewart?) boxes and I have to compensate for the ash/poplar 1 1/2 “ on all sides. Does anyone see any glaring issues with this so far? In my mind and on paper it looks ok so far. For reference, I am using the idea from the latest issue of “Family handyman”. I will use rabbit joints and kreg jig screws wherever possible.


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#1 posted 01-19-2016 03:58 AM

so where in the above was the question regarding needing advice ?

sounds to me like like you already know what to do so keep posting : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 04:00 AM

I am doing the same kind of thing for a client exactly like yours. After coming up with designs and effort needed I decided to do the cubbies using the kallax shelving from Ikea and building out the remaining 16 inches x 84tall using Baltic birch. The Ikea cubbies will be the 4 high by 2 wide with a 2×2 version on top of it. 100 bucks in white for that part plus they make a door attachment for 15 bucks per cubby or 2 drawers for 25 depending on what config she likes. While I want to build the whole thing I don’t have table extensions for the cabinet saw so cutting large plywood and dado and painting would be a pain that my time could be spent with my 1 year old. Plus it saves taking up valuable shop space (3rd bay in the garage) for assembly as I slowly build it. I’ll use my creative juices to build a kickass watch box for myself when time permits. :) Just my 2 cents.

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 04:14 AM

i strongly recommend ikea : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 05:46 PM



so where in the above was the question regarding needing advice ?

sounds to me like like you already know what to do so keep posting : )

- Moron


I guess I’m just wondering if anyone sees any problems or hints for/with my idea. I tend to WAY overbuild things. I once built a bed frame with 2×12’s because I didn’t know any better. It was extremely heavy!

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 05:48 PM



i strongly recommend ikea : )

- Moron


Did you build that?! That is amazing if so. I’ve never bought any furniture from ikea. Plates, lights, do-dad’s = yes. Furniture = no.

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