Sewing Cabinet Storage Shelf

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-14-2017 03:16 AM 938 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I’ve wanted to do for years. This is a storage shelf that is on the back side of the door on my sewing cabinet. With the old one, every time I snap the door shut something would fall out. I keep thread and bobbins in there along with a flashlight ,scissors, needles and tweezers.
The last shot shows the original plastic shelf.

I made the shelf out of walnut, maple plywood and poplar scraps. Then I stained it all with walnut stain and coated it with clear lacquer. There are holes for the spools of the common thread colors I usually use and there is a pin by each hole for the bobbin loaded with that thread. I have a cover to sew up soon and it will be nice to have this done.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 03:21 AM

That’s really cool Jim,
There is nothing worse that things falling out every time you shut or open the door.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 03:25 AM

Big improvement Jim, very tidy!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 03:26 AM

I liked the way you fixed that one Jim. Amazing how sometimes we wait so long to fix an aggravating problem.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 03:39 AM

Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 04:22 AM

Big improvement!


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#6 posted 04-14-2017 05:06 AM

Good work Jim. I recall you saying how you like to work with Leather, Upholstery etc. It is a very handy skill. You have done a great job in organizing it so everything fits in place. I have a very basic knowledge of hand stitching with leather. My old Grand Dad had been a Harness and Saddle Maker by Trade and he taught me how to make leather sheaths for fishing knives. They were hand stitched with two needles, one on each end of the waxed twine. I must have a go at making a Tool Sheath again. I think I remember how it was done.
Great Project Jim.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 05:10 AM

Nice job Jim. Great to get things the way they should be to work right.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 07:19 AM

My wife has the same problem withsewing accessories. I’m still collecting ideas to solve this problem. This one is also to take in consideration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 04-14-2017 09:56 AM

Very nice improvements Jim.

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#10 posted 04-14-2017 01:08 PM

There’s always a better way! Nice work Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 01:36 PM

Nice work, Jim. This shelf will make this much more efficient.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 01:39 PM

That is a good looking shelf. It looks like it will serve its purpose well.

-- Andy Smith

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#13 posted 04-14-2017 01:45 PM

I’m sure this little organizing shelf will improve your sewing efficiency and help keep things in there place. Looks good and it’s functional, it’s about time…. Ha Ha…

I especially like the spot for the flashlight.

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#14 posted 04-14-2017 02:11 PM

Great project, Jim!

I think my Mom might like something like this added to her sewing cabinet.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 04-14-2017 03:36 PM

Jim, you are definitely Mr. Organization. Nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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