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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 04-09-2015 05:26 PM 517 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HarveyDunn

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04-09-2015 05:26 PM

I am interested in building something such as this.

If the uprights are 80” high, what would be the minimum safe length for the feet so that it won’t be tippy? I won’t be pacing anything heavy on the shelves.

About the shelves: the idea is that they are slotted, and there are pins fixed in each slat, and the shelves slide onto them. Any ideas about a source for the pins?


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#1 posted 04-09-2015 06:13 PM

Any ideas about a source for the pins?

Any hardware store has steel rod in various diameters.

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 06:15 PM

Thanks. I had in mind a nicely finished pin, rounded on the end.

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#3 posted 04-09-2015 06:23 PM


Thanks. I had in mind a nicely finished pin, rounded on the end.

- HarveyDunn


Easy to do, just cut it to length and chuck it in your drill and round the end on a bench grinder or belt sander.

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#4 posted 04-09-2015 06:26 PM

Thanks, but I’d really rather buy them.

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#5 posted 04-09-2015 06:30 PM

Determining the length for the feet shouldn’t be too hard looking on-line for room dividers. Just look at the overall dimensions and it will tell you the height and the depth. Almost certainly, engineers have determined these dimensions for commercial room dividers. Then just make sure you don’t have any shelves that protrude further than the feet. Also, be sure to balance the weight on both sides.

From your picture, however, I would be concerned about the vertical structure not being braced to the feet. I’d like to see some angled members.

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#6 posted 04-09-2015 08:55 PM

Good idea. I found this view, which allowed for a comparison without having to calculate the angles. Looks like the ratio is 5:1, so that a unit that is 80” tall would need feet projecting 16” on both sides. Which is less than half of what I would have guessed.

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