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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 05-04-2009 07:43 AM 4566 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I installed a can goods shelf in our fifth wheel RV. It should work just fine in a kitchen cabinet too. My wife wanted a can organizer as space is limited in the RV. She found a wire gadget of some kind that wouldn’t hold itself together let alone contain canned goods in a mobile unit. My solution was to make a shelf with slots in the bottom so she could look through it to see the labels and where to find the cans.

I used ¼” underlayment from the big box store for the shelf and scraps for the cleats, ribs and stiffener. There are ½” high ribs between the rows to keep the cans in line during travel. I put a stiffener across the bottom to add a little stability during travel. The shelf sits lose on the cleats. It has an inch of fall from the back to the front so the cans will not get stuck at the back of the deep cabinet. If the cans bounce around too much during travel, I will put a locking mechanism to hold them against the bottom of the shelf above for stability. The slots are 2 3/4 inches wide because that is the biggest hole saw I had that wasn’t too big :-) The ribs are 5 inches apart for standard sized cans. The last row is a longer to allow for bigger cans.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence





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Christopher

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 09:13 AM

Great idea! I almost bought an RV a few years ago and now that I am probably going to be laid off I wish I had, it would give me somewhere to lay my head if need be!

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 09:25 AM

Let’s pray you’re not laid off!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 04:38 PM

Good Idea and well done

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 04:43 PM

Very nice looking, you should try and sell that to the higher end R/V company’s.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 07:37 AM

The cans do not travel well over rough roads. The shelf definitely needs a locking mechanism to hold it up against the shelf above to stabilize the cans. Some fell through the slots that were cut to read the labels. If the slots were narrow enough to solve the problem, the labels cound not be easily read through them. I think my idea would cause more compliants for RV manufacturers than they would be willing to deal with :-)) It will work well for us when I get a wedge on the cleat and a locking mechanism to hold it there.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-11-2009 07:47 AM

Maybe just a rubber “Bungee” type cord to hold the cans in place while traveling ??

-- Don S.E. OK

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#7 posted 05-11-2009 08:05 AM

I don’t kknow how I’d make it work. They need to all be kept from bouncing around.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-11-2009 08:14 AM

I am just guessing here. But by looking at your pictures…maybe put in a small eye hook at the back, hook in a rubber cord/bungee cord, after your cans are rolled in, pull the cord tight over the top of the cans and then hooked into another eye hook in the front.

Again, just looking at what I see on the pics. there may be more to your can holder that I do not see.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#9 posted 05-11-2009 08:47 AM

I suppose that would work if you could get the bungee cords hooked in place with the cans in there. There is about 1 inch of fall from the back to the front. At the back the cans are nearly against the shelf above. The reason for the 1 inch of fall is that is the amount that allows the middle can to just clear the cabinet catch. When it is full there isn’t any room for a hand to get in there to do anything. The idea was to organize the cans and maximize cupboard space. The pictures are a bit of an optical illusion about how much space there really is where the cans come out over the front. The just fit ;-) If there were loose bungees lying there, they would probably be in the way and possibly be unhooked when needed. When you are on a month or 6 weeks tour, dealing with 5 bungee cords would probably get a bit aggravating:-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 12:14 PM

Nice idea, and a brain teaser as well! Would screen door material mounted to the underside of the shelf obscure the labels too much? If not it would solve the problem of cans falling thru. As far as the other issue maybe if you mount two cleats on the sides and back of the cabnit above the can shelf so you can slide a top board over it that has a front board with some brass sliding dead bolts to secure it during travel. I know it will be one more item to find a home for when not in use in an already space starved living area. I hope you don’t mind the unsolicited suggestions. Good luck!!

Rick

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 11:01 PM

A screen on the bottom would still allow them to bounce around and get out of whack. Putting a removable “holder down plate” above wound be impossible. I had to take the shelf above completely out to get the canned goods shelf in. The simplest way I can think of is to raise it up against the shelf above to keep them from bouncing around. The barrel locks may be a more serviceable idea than the wedge on the cleat if they will stay locked. Keep thinking, two minds are better than one :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 05-20-2009 11:00 AM

Real nice. Wished I had an RV to put one in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 05-28-2009 12:53 PM

I’m a little late, but it’s a swell idea.

Why can’t put the cans in perpendicular to the front of the shelf.

The cans could lay cradled in the openings, & can’t roll, but you can still read the labels.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 05-28-2009 02:02 PM

I’ve been thinking, better yet, you can make a perpendicular rack out of 3/4” dowels,

& space them apart so about 1/3 of the can cradles between them.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 05-29-2009 02:59 AM

They wouldn’t roll to the front for access. The shelf is as high as possible to maximize the room in the shelf below it. It is almost 2 feet deep. My forearms won’t reach the ones in the back. I suppose you could push them around from beneath if the stuff bleow isn’t in the way. My wife has it pretty full now. Letting gravity do all the work is quite convenient :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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