Stamp Shelves

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Project by CanuckMike posted 01-22-2014 12:45 PM 1944 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife and daughter are into some crafts one of which involves stamps. They had them stored in bins and drawers which held them but it really didn’t help them find the stamp or type of stamps they were looking for in the moment. So I came up with the idea of these shelves. First I installed a french cleat system on the walls of the craft room. I then built the 3/4” MDF boxes using biscuit joinery. As you can see in the photo the sides have 1/4” dados cut in them every 1-1/2”. I cut the dados on one solid piece then I ripped the 4 end boards. Then I duplicated the dados on the back side of what was left of the sheet which was then cut down to become the middle pieces.

I added some MDF to the back of the stamp racks just for added stability and to act as the the bottom spacer block to keep it parallel to the wall when hung on the french cleat. I then added 1/4” hardboard to the rest of the back, added the mating cleat piece to the top with glue and a few finishing nails as clamps.

Then I cut several shelves out of 1/4” hardboard. I was careful when measuring and building so that all 4 spaces in the 2 boxes are the same width so the shelves are interchangeable. The concept was to enable the shelves to be customizable in height depending on need.

The girls loved them and have been using them often. I also added a few other cleat add-ons, a duct tape holder and a simple small hanging shelf made out of all MDF for some heavier items.

This was a simple, quick but fun project that helped out.

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 02:30 PM

Lucky girls to have you helping them to stay organized! I like that the shelves are adjustable, good job!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 03:41 PM

My wife is an avid scrapbook-er too and I am sorry to say this but you have just released the beast… Over the years I have determined that the typical scrapbook-er is really an organizational junkie… My wife and all off her scrap booking pals are constantly re-organizing their materials…. they actually scrapbook about 40 % of the time it seems.. the rest of the time is spent on putting things on shelves or into little jars and containers….

So with what you have done for them will cause a large number of additional requests….. which you will be able to do ( if you are like me) if you can just get your shop organized…

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 02:29 AM

HA MrStyle you are very right! That is exactly why I setup the cleat system across the entire space. This way it will be very easy for me to do almost anything that they have space for. Even if it weighs as much as an elephant :)

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 08:05 PM

My wife has that disease too, and I like the project you shared.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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