The Gerber Hardware Storage System #4: And Now …The Shelf Unit

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 09-21-2015 01:34 PM 1197 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cleaning, sorting, and organizing of the newly conceived handsawgeek shop hardware system is now well under way.

The next task is to turn attention to the construction of a proper storage shelf to hold all of those gleaming baby food jars full of hardware.

In keeping with the handsawgeek tradition of using scrounged material for shop fixtures, it has been determined that the shelf unit should be constructed out of….what else?

Pallet wood !

Yesterday, I embarked on a quest that led to the exploration of dark, mysterious, and foreboding back sides of local shopping centers and stores, in search of suitable pallet material that appeared to be destined for the trash truck.

I hit apparent pay-dirt at one store, where two pallets were seen leaning against a trash dumpster. There were enough good planks between the two to assure adequate material to build the proposed shelf unit.

As a courtesy, I rang the bell to the store’s receiving door to ask permission to take the pallets.

The call was answered by a young man who said, “Sure, you’re welcome to them.”

Then, to my surprise, he declared that he just finished unloading a pallet inside that was in much better shape than the two by the dumpster, and that I could have that one as well. He brought it outside, and it was immediately recognized as being suitable to fulfill the requirements of the project all by itself!

The pallet was gleefully loaded up in the back of the geek-mobile and I went galumphing home….

Ah, the life of a dumpster-diver!

Within half an hour of introducing the newly acquired pallet to the Basement Annex shop, I now had a stack of ten 1×4x40 pine boards all ready to become a hardware shelf unit.

Time to sharpen up the chisels and plane irons….

-- Ed

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#1 posted 09-21-2015 09:20 PM

”The pallet was gleefully loaded up in the back of the geek-mobile”

I can just see you standing rubbing your hands together, while your minions did the loading! Did they break down the pallet for you, too?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-21-2015 10:13 PM

Nope…no minions…can’t afford them…and their union is too demanding.

Had to do all the loading, hauling, and dis-mantling me-self!

-- Ed

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#3 posted 07-21-2017 08:43 PM

Oh NEATO!!! How I love good deals!! :) I also love the idea of taking something destined for the dumpster and giving it a new life. WELL DONE!! Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

My husband and I managed to score about 62 square board feet of very nice hardwood for a mere $43 dollars a few weeks ago at a hard wood flooring liquidator…and I have already turned two very nice pens from it. The pictures of our score are here:

My first project posted here features the first of the two pens I’ve turned from one of the boards. Gotta love that. The wood had been sitting there for YEARS. So now it will all have a chance at being turned into something lovely and useful! :)

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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