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Old 11-15-2012, 03:09 PM   #16
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if your going to go with stain use plywood. if painting use mdf.. dont waste your time with particle board it doesnt hold up long term and sags if the shelf is longer than 30"

as for fastening the shelfs to the dividers and gables. for short shelves just gun nail through the divider and have a cleat at the back. for longer shelves defiintly have them sitting on cleats. be sure to use wood glue and construction adhesive.. glue for wood to wood and adhesive for wood to drywall connections

for your inside corner shelf i wouldnt use that design. your limiting the amount of space you have for storage. what i typically do is make corner shelves that are 16" wide and 30 inches long. then its kind of hard to describe the taper but if i can find my template ill either post a picture of it or do up a sketch. much better use of space

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Hi All,

I have found a few free plans to do the white Organizer in the last post, here is the best one:

http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2011/...layout-design/

My wife wanted a all hardwood design, and since I don't have a Table Saw yet, I shy away from working with plywood. She wants some like this:

I could not find any woodworking plan for this type of Oragnizer, so I thought we might break down and buy it. We re-thought that when we checked the prices. Also, buyer beware, on several sites .. they would show you a photo of a whole shelf unit, but when you read the fine print, the cost shown does not include the shelfs, just the frame.

Its very expensive, and the shelfs look so easy, so I am back to trying to build them.

Does any one know of a plan ? Is it hard to make up a plan from a photo ?

Thanks all
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It's been a long time, but I finally finished the project. Took me so long cause at the same time I was also planning a wedding & honeymoon.

Overall, I'm very happy with the outcome. It took a lot of planning, and many of the parts for this organizer required many different angles, routing, dado's, holes, etc that all needed to match up perfectly. I ended up ruining a couple long vertical pieces and needed to redo those, unfortunately.

I took my time and made my measurements as close to perfect as I possibly could, but the walls were not perfectly straight & level (of course) so the assembly required some tweaking. The only part I'm upset about is the middle horizontal shelf separating the upper & lower parts of the organizer didn't match up very well at all (as noted in the 2nd picture). But it's a closet organizer, so I'll let it slide.

There are dado's on the sides of all 5 of the shelves, with cleats supporting the rear. The shelves are glued & screwed into the dado's. Everything is screwed, no nails. The vertical pieces are all screwed into the sides of the cleats & shelves. I was worried about splitting the cleats & shelves, but I pre-drilled all the holes and never had 1 split! (Lucky I think).

The entire unit is very sturdy. I'd feel confident putting my entire weight on this. You could sleep on the top shelf, I'm sure!

Now what I'd do differently:
- I used 3/4" MDF which I sealed with primer designed for MDF and then painted it with melamine-finish paint. This was the most time consuming part. The paint took 2 coats, so it was 3 coats in all including the sealer, and you could only paint one side at a time. With so many parts, this took a long while. I wish I used a different colour, something more brown would of looked better, imo. But more so, I probably should of used 3/4" plywood as was suggested above, and just stained that. It probably would of looked better - more like furniture. And no doubt the plywood would be lighter and easier on my bits & blades (the MDF practically ruined every router bit I used). Only having to stain plywood, as oppose to seal, paint & paint again the MDF, if would of saved a lot of time.
- I tried to find metal hanger closet rods, but could only find white ones, and I wasn't about to spend a whole day driving around town finding metal ones. Alas, they would of looked better, imo.

Overall, I'm happy I have the project completed and it actually works. Might not be the best looking closet organizer out there, but I learned a lot by doing it myself, and most importantly - I did it myself

Thanks to everyone for making suggestions, comments and chatting about the project. I should of listened to those that suggested plywood. Hope this update helps anyone else also doing a similar project.

Cheers!
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if your going to go with stain use plywood. if painting use mdf.. dont waste your time with particle board it doesnt hold up long term and sags if the shelf is longer than 30"

as for fastening the shelfs to the dividers and gables. for short shelves just gun nail through the divider and have a cleat at the back. for longer shelves defiintly have them sitting on cleats. be sure to use wood glue and construction adhesive.. glue for wood to wood and adhesive for wood to drywall connections

for your inside corner shelf i wouldnt use that design. your limiting the amount of space you have for storage. what i typically do is make corner shelves that are 16" wide and 30 inches long. then its kind of hard to describe the taper but if i can find my template ill either post a picture of it or do up a sketch. much better use of space
Thanks for the tip on the corner shelf, if you can find any drawings I would appreciate it.

I ordered 30 board feet of
Macacauba so I don't plan to use any MDF or plywood. I am planning to the number of different parts/cuts to a minimum. I am thinking I can make the with 3 basic parts in various lengths, self slats, vertical supports and horizontal supports.

I am currently working on the plan, and will not touch the wood until I finish the plan, practice on the Table Saw, and practice on the router as I have very little experience on those tools.

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