Ply Office Open Shelves

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Project by robscastle posted 12-31-2016 03:35 AM 1314 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No 1 Son bought a new house in Sydney and was using a bedroom as an office, the Built In Robe was being used as a “Comms” Cabinet and he wanted some open shelves in it and some overhead shelves above the desks he and his wife use as a home office.

He drew up a couple of rough plans and sent them to me so I loaded up my Ute and set off.

All the construction was marine ply that we cut up in his garage using a drop saw and Table saw, I brought a router from Brisbane Clamps and “other” tools I thought I would need. Sadly understimated I might add.

The basic frame has rabbet joints which were only glued unless you could not see a screw and there we used screws as well.

Upon assembly the front edges were rounded over and then all sanded to 240 Grit, after a first coat of Clear sealer I used 0000 steel wool and recoated everything.

My son did not want any trim as he thought the exposed edges were just what he wanted.

The BIR shelves sit on a platform in the cupboard and the assembly requires the end modules to be fitted then moved into the space behind the door frame allowing the middle section to fit

The Open Office Shelves are suspended on the wall by a french cleat running across the wall and then enfils of about 60mm fitted to blocks prepositioned on the sides and top.

He wanted to enclose the topto the wall so the top piece is about 295 mm.

Building cupboards in you garage and then expecting everthing to fitup OK is a difficult task to say the least.

However with about one day fiddling we achieved exactly the finish we wanted

They turned out Ok

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 04:05 AM

Nice looking shelves Rob.
Great job mate.

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 04:13 AM

Very nice cabinet…

It’s nice to see you keeping busy like that!

Happy New Year!

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 04:26 AM

Top job Rob…. What we parents do for our kids, got to love them…

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 05:06 AM

Good Job, Mate!

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 11:58 AM

Again a Nice Job! I understand what you are saying about making in one place to fit in another, it was the same with the units for my wife’s shop… but the satisfaction when it all slots together without a hitch!!! :D

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 02:48 PM

Very nice, I’m going to have to build a new bookcase here soon and like the idea of Ply instead of pine.

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#7 posted 12-31-2016 04:01 PM

Maybe not fancy but absolutely helpful!

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 05:41 PM

You’ve created some gr8 storage there

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#9 posted 12-31-2016 08:41 PM

Looks good!

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#10 posted 07-13-2017 10:24 PM

All those great beautiful cabinets and he goes and fills it up with books and dvd’s. lol

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