Basement Workshop Shelving

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Project by TheMechanicalFish posted 06-17-2018 03:49 PM 2023 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently started school for horology and upon arriving there I found that our basement workshop was a mess. Being the organized person that I am and having built things like this in the past I set to work designing shelves to hold the clock pieces that we are working on.

Before the new shelves and organization.

As you can see it’s a bit cluttered and unorganized.

While looking into simply constructed shop furniture I stumbled across Simpson Strong Ties’ kit for building a shelving unit using their brackets (You can find their shelving project here). After looking over what they had I decided that it would be an easy way to build the shelves in a repetitively quick and simple manner. Of course just after making this decision I immediately over complicated and altered the design… It’s who I am.

After the first day I got the basic frame put together. The brackets worked great.

I added three cross supports to the frame of each shelf. These cross supports and the tops of the shelves received matching grooves to allow for dividers to be slipped in. These dividers help to organize the clocks of different sizes and keep each clock together with its parts. I also modified the dimensions from the original project to make them fit our needs as well as design an odd shelf with two taller shelf spaces instead of three for taller clocks.

The next day I finished the rest of the shelves and got the first set of dividers and grooves cut and put together.

Finally got all the grooves and dividers cut. Man cutting the grooves with a router and a straight edges was time consuming and tough.

At last we started to put the clocks in their new storage spaces.

These shelves are not meant to be fine furniture. They are shop furniture to their core. Made from 2×4 stud material and 1/2” inch plywood. They are sturdy if not the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen. The dividers are made form a 1/4” ply wood and hold up well despite their general flexibility.

Looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

The shelves work really well and are very sturdy.

Over all my instructor and I are very happy with the results. They may be made of 2×4s and plywood, but for workshop storage they work great and don’t look half bad.

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#1 posted 06-17-2018 09:52 PM

That’s a pretty impressive improvement!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 06-17-2018 10:09 PM

Works is the IMPORTANT part!

Looks good too though.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-21-2018 03:08 PM

These shelving units are an excellent solution for workshop storage units.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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