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Project by shelly_b posted 01-07-2013 01:02 PM 2435 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am still trying to get my shop organized so i wanted to make shelves for all my cans so i can clear up some space on my big shelves and make them easier to get to. My mistake actually turned into them being much better…i first planned to put a strip of wood across the front to keep everything from falling out. I used some extra deck boards i had lying around bc i wanted to use scrap and i ddnt ant to spend all night on them. Well i accidentaly cut a peice of the wrong board for the sides and ended up not having any long enough to span the front. So, i was looking around trying to find more scrap for the front, and i really didnt want the fronts to not match and thats when i saw the bungee cords and thought just drill a hole in each side and that would work even better! I can now squeeze more cans and bigger cans in each one:) as always im on my phne so apologize for all the typos!

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 01:08 PM

Great Idea!

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 01:51 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 02:10 PM

Great thinking

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 02:52 PM

I like it. The bungee cords is a great improvement. I am going to have to make some.

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 04:10 PM

Thanks:) Not the prettiest to look at but very functional.

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 04:22 PM

Nice Looking shelves shelly, one thing that I noticed about yours in that they are pretty much the same as mine in width, if I had it to do over again I would have optioned for wider then 6” shelves so I’d be able to put more stuff up there. Nice looking shelves you have.

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 06:14 PM

Thank you:) I actually measured a few of the cans and the plan was to make a 2in, 2 of the 3in, and a 4 1/2in, but they all ended up 1/2in bigger since the sides extend 1/2in. I was going to put a 1/2in strip of wood in to hold them in, but used it for the sides on accident lol. But i’m glad i did b/c this way I can fit more and put some that are a little bigger. And the reason there are only 3 is b/c my boyfriend saw them and wanted some for his side…so i decided to give one up and make more later lol

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#8 posted 01-07-2013 06:15 PM

and they are all 3ft long

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#9 posted 01-07-2013 10:26 PM

Easy, functional and the price was right! Excellent idea

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#10 posted 01-14-2013 02:17 AM

I reached for a can of spray primer today and knocked a bunch of can over. Your project is now on my to do list. thanks

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#11 posted 01-14-2013 02:30 AM

lol your welcome:)

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#12 posted 07-22-2013 07:44 PM

Simple, yet brilliant!

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