Shelving unit for Nursery

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Project by CJC716 posted 01-16-2016 02:41 AM 1154 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we bought our house I knew one hurdle would be configuring the bedrooms upstairs in such a way that maximized space and gave us adequate storage. Given the layout, the rooms are on the smaller side to begin with and with the inclusion of centered dormers gives the room a very limited amount of useable space with small closets.

We knew we would need lots of storage for all things baby related so I came up with this shelving unit to hold baskets, diapers and a plethora of blankets.

The carcass is 3/4” birch ply with a poplar face frame. Shelves are dadoed into the sides and the back is skinned with 1/4” ply. In retrospect I would have built the front using maple after seeing how easily the poplar has dented up under light use. The top is 3/4”ply with a hard maple edge with a 1/2” ogee profile.

Overall I am happy with the design and my choice not to scribe the sides to fit snug to the wall. I am sure this will be only version 1.0 of this room so it will be nice to be have the option to remove the unit in 1 piece and use it elsewhere.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 01-16-2016 02:44 PM

Looks like great use of a small space. Looks like even the dog approves.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 04:35 AM

Wonderful job on the room, congrats on the baby and the dog appears ready also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 02:41 PM

@bobsboxes – Thanks and she is a tough critic for sure.

@NormG – Thank you and it seems this baby will keep me busy with projects for the foreseeable future. Just have to wait it out a few years until he can be a shop helper.

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 09:02 PM

The dog looks like a Mountain Cur? My parents have a Mountain Cur and they look very similar.

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 11:01 PM

@Chubbz – She is a rescue but from what we can gather she is a Lab-Shepard mix. I just googled mountain cur though and I can see the resemblance.

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#6 posted 05-08-2017 08:23 AM

Small spaces could be really hard to fully utilize at times. The shelves you built are perfect as they fit just right onto the little corner. Not only have you gotten yourself some extra storage spaces, but you have managed to keep a waste of space to a very minimum. Good luck on the new bundle of joy and thanks for sharing such a simple yet clever idea.

-- Cameron Robertson, Manager of storage Dee Why -

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