Square Shelf

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Project by Clay Ortiz posted 01-28-2013 02:52 AM 3882 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I knocked one of my squares off the bench and broke the piece that holds the ruler in. That is what prompted me to build this shelf. I saw it a few years ago in a woodworking magazine. Now it will be easier to keep my squares off my bench and I have quick access to all my layout tools. Thanks for looking.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 03:01 AM

Great Idea

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 03:15 AM

I agree with Albe, Great Idea, I really, really like it. I am always reaching for my squares and what not but they reside in an “out of my way” drawer so they end up lying on some random horizontal surface or under something. I like this quick, visible, and easy way of storing our important measuring tools.

Job well done Clay.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 03:24 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 01:18 PM

mine are on pegboard, your solution not only stores them better it looks fantastic. Did you make it from walnut?
Nice work….

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 01:53 PM

This is a great idea – I could sure use this. I will favorite it and try to get to it soon. Thanks for the post!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 05:00 PM

Great tool shelf, and a neat and organized shop. Great job!


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#7 posted 01-28-2013 05:13 PM

Nice one, Clay. You have a nice collection of measuring tools there and this really shows them off nicely.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 01-28-2013 05:39 PM

HA! you should have called it a round shelf just for the irony! seriously, though it looks like you put a good amount of time into planning it and it turned (not like on the lathe—man i’m on a roll today) out great!

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 06:21 PM

It is made out of walnut with a BLO finish.

Thanks, Brandon

It only took a day to make and most of that was waiting on the glue to dry.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 07:49 PM

Your new shop is looking very good, too.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#11 posted 01-28-2013 08:41 PM

Hey Clay, I also have a basement shop.. and am trying to figure out how I will fasten things to my wall.. How did you hang the Square shelf? I was contemplating framing the entire wall with peg board or plywood. Thanks.

-- Dave in NH

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#12 posted 01-28-2013 09:08 PM

Dave, I put two tapcon screws in the wall. Then I used a keyhole router bit and routed two holes in the back so I could hang it on the screws. Hope this helps.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#13 posted 01-28-2013 10:47 PM

Most unfortuante incident and nice shelf. But those precious squares belong in a tool cabinet with all the other pecious items.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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