[Critique Design] Help me build my All-in-One Modular Organizer/Shelf/Desk

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Forum topic by Ninja posted 01-21-2016 02:26 AM 787 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2016 02:26 AM

I have a small studio and i need to move my crates often. each crate has a project in it. When the crates are stacked I need to take some off to get to the one I’m looking for. That creates a big mess real quick—especially if I have to get a crate from each stack. I also have to stack them heavy to light—or else! These clear crates that I bought at Costgo are awesome because I can see through them! Brilliant!

I designed a shelving system, that I think is well balanced, on rollers with a built in shelves and desk. It has a base 4 crates wide and 3 crates high before the desk starts. The back part of the system is for the crates and the front is for shelves for light items (helps with center of gravity/stability issues.

I also want the upper part of this system to be removable so if i have to take it to a place with low ceilings I could just take the upper part off. Maybe I can mount it using 10 or so of these (I couldn’t figure out what they are called): (look at attached image of a latch)

I will build 3+ of these to increase my storage/work area.

Now that I designed it [looks]... I need some help building it. I don’t even know where to start! How are these things supposed to come together? No idea…

Thanks everyone!

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#1 posted 01-21-2016 03:10 AM

What is your skill level & tool set?



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#2 posted 01-21-2016 03:30 AM

Hi Mark. I have a fair share of tools. I’m pretty handy. I got a jointer recently, but havent learned to use it yet…hmm…

Could you ask me some specifics?



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#3 posted 01-21-2016 08:38 PM

It depends on what you want it to look like. If it’s strictly utilitarian, I’d say 3/4” ply with glued dado joints. If you want a more finished look, I’d probably do the same thing with a high-end appearance grade ply and use a hardwood face frame on the front and edge banding to hide all the other plywood edges.

Those clasps will work but I’d put some cleats inside the joint to help with alignment.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 09:07 PM

Thanks Kenny!

It is mostly utilitarian, but I might sand it down from the sides. I have never made a dado joint. I do have a router. I hope it wont chip the ply as I take it down the length of the board.

Would i need to dado joint the storage shelves in the back? or will the cabinet joints be enough and i can make adjustable shelves in the rear?

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