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This was a quick project I did yesterday out of necessity. It is a couple of shelves in the freezer room made to hold my radius templates from 16" to 120".

They are 5" & 7" wide x 49" long and made from maple plywood and painted with some ceiling paint I had in the shop. I think 2 screws would have held them up but there are 10 total.
The last shot is the loose templates I took out of my office.

That's the project, here's the story:
I had just covered a frame, that I made for our new church, with black vinyl and was putting the roll of vinyl back in my office. I swung it in and hit the wood chase lounge template and all the radius templates that I had shored precariously on top of the file cabinets for years. It knocked them down on the floor along with boxes of match books I have been collecting for years too. Many other things fell with them…....what a mess!!!! After putting all the small stuff back, I was determined that those radius templates, that I use a lot for projects, were going to find a new home that was close and accessible.

The closest place was the dead space above the freezer in the room across from my office and it was long enough for biggest one. I just measured how much room I had with the freezer top opened and went from there.
Here is how I came to have so many:
One day I had the trammel set up to make some large radii and I had all this nice white cardboard so I went to town making about 40 different large radii so when I need a large radius, I can pretty much find one close enough to use.
I'm glad that is done so I can get back to regular projects!!

Cheers, Jim

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Yep…sure look like shelves to me Jim….LOL Should be handy for storing those templates (and whatever else might end up there). Could see my wife storing old pairs of shoes she will never wear again but just cant bring her self to part with there.
 

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Jim I think that might have been Divine Intervention, it was time to sort out and store those most invaluable templates, you would be lost without them….The Big Man Upstairs was guiding you…..

Funny how things work out though isn't it? Things turned out really well for you. Good one Jim!!!!

Regards,
Cliff.
 

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Never waste those precious inches of space. Amazing when you need to store something how space becomes available when you look hard enough. Good thinking Jim. How about coming up with folding templates to take up less space?
 

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That should do it. Just make sure you have an understanding with the misses that those shelves are taken. ;-)
 

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Nice solution, Jim.
 

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Some times we postpone finding permanent places for things we use all the time and when we do the simplest of solutions solves the problem. Good thinking Jim
 

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Good job sir. I am going to make a cabinet in the new shop for templates. Need have them handy.
 

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I think you could also put a hole through each template Jim, tie them together with a string and just hang them somewhere convenient. Just an idea to save wall space. I've run out of it in my shop. Good work on the shelves.
 

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Nice solution, Jim!
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. I think we all need more space. This is pretty dust free being out of the shop.

Hi Buster and John. My wife does not know they are there yet,....... Shhhhhhh! When she sees them, I just say they were always there holding my templates!!!

Hi Cliff, I think you are right…..... that crash was mean to happen to get me to clean up the office. I found an old Oakland Raiders poster and a Blues Brothers poster in that mess too.

Hi Dave. I don't want to fold them as I might mess up the continuous curve.

Hi Mike I thought of hanging them but then I have to untie them or pull them all off a nail each time. They are real easy to use like this. I just pull them down on the freezer and pick the ones I think are close. I just used 2 today for my next project.

Cheers, Jim
 

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You spend enough time making these thing Jim, so it pays to store them carefully for future use, save a bit of time as well :)
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a good idea for those templates, i think its a good place for them , they can be laid flat and with the shelf support they will have good support, keep something heavy on top of them so they stay flat…
 

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Good idea and should be a big time saver in the long run .
 

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A nice neat and small project Jim, I think that would have been a great place for some floating shelves as well. :)

Runners (2"x2") on each side walls then build the floating shelve to slide right over them.
 

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Thanks Roger, Pete,Bob, Klaus and Randy

Hi Randy, funny you should say that in that I'm am working on a floating shelf project right now…......Jim
 

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Nice storage solution for your templates Jim. You gave me an idea for doing the same for mine.
 

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Thanks, Lee. You know they are so handy there with the freezer serves as a table!! I should have done that 25 years ago!!....................
 

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Never enough extra space.
 
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