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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 04-28-2012 02:09 PM 904 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2012 02:09 PM

Good morning, guys. I need a little assistance with building a shelving unit which I want to be totally square so when it gets moved in the future will not look crooked. My problem is that where it goes now is 5/16” out in 37 3/4” how can I best hide this fact and still make it look like it was designed for a custom installation in this location. Thanks for any help, Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 02:19 PM

There isn’t enough information there for me to grasp what you’re dealing with, Pat. Pictures? Illustrations of some kind? Overall dimensions? Does it sit on the floor? Etc.



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#2 posted 04-28-2012 02:22 PM

Take the shelving unit and put a bar clamp on the diagonal that’s 5/16 out and clamp it to square. Hopefully you can remove the upper and lower rails first.

Oops, after reading Patron’s advice I’m thinking the place where you want to install said unit is out 5/16”. No?
That’s a different can of worms.
Build it in place.
Follow Patron’s advice.

If I understand the situation correctly, again.

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 02:23 PM

more pics is good

build it square
if the wall is out
add a scribe molding there
(or shim the base)
it can be removed later

and the cab is still square

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 04:08 PM

What patron says. Scribe molding can be your best friend. – lol

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 04:45 PM

I have to agree with David, I built a bookshelf that was square where i used to live, when we bought our new house 2 years ago the ceiling dipped in the other direction. The bookshelf is square but looks out of whack, once I create a new molding it will look as good as it did in its old spot.

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 06:22 PM

Guys, I would love to show a pic but nothing is build yet. This unit will be 37 3/4” wide by 40 1/8” tall at the shortest side and on the left side its 5/16 taller because of a sloping floor. I like the idea of shimming but don’t want the shims to show. Like Patron suggested I could use a small moulding to cover it. Might finish the complete piece first and then add the scribe moulding with some 23 gauge pin nails only, this way down the road could remove that if need be finish will be intact.

This will be to hold my MRR magazines and will sit under an installed perfectly level tabletop for the RR to ride on. Hope this helps a little with the layout.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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