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Old 01-12-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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I wanted to make use of the space underneath a set of stairs. So what I came up with was a combination of closet type storage and a bookcase/shelving beside a desk that will have a computer and be a home-office type of workspace. I cut the corner of the shelving (you can see in the picture) for better access.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...z/SAM_0208.jpg

the question is regarding the top of the shelving.. I think I should cut it to mimic the shelves below. My wife thinks it should be a squared off top. (keep in mind when looking at the picture that it all still needs to be trimmed out and the gaps/spaces will be hidden).

looking for opinions/thoughts on what I have built so far.

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Squared off would look better to me.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:51 PM   #4
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Yep, squared off would look nicer. Would it be possible to cut out one of the risers to sink the shelf unit into the staircase?
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thanks... not cutting risers...
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Squared for sure
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:43 PM   #7
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think about edge banding on the plywood cuts to clean up the appearance.
Where is the handrailing on the stairs?
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Are you going to paint or stain?
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beerdog, it will be stained with cherry based to darken it up.. I will be building my own doors for the storage spaces to hide the stuff that goes in there..

masterofall, railing will be later. I have the upstairs to renovate and will be making an iron railing once I have that done up there.

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one more for square
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if you are staining it i would also make the top panel run the entire lengh, but doors may make that unneeded.

MAke the end sqaure.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:22 AM   #12
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I appreciate everyone's opinions on this... but I had a vision and decided to continue down the path I planned...

here it is trimmed out. will be puttying nail holes and staining this weekend...

here it is now...

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...SAM_0213-1.jpg

again, I appreciate the input

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Hey that looks nice! Good job!

The only thing that makes me scratch my head wondering is this: Will there by any problem with the unsupported outer-left part of the shelves sagging?


Again though, looks good!
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DrHicks,

thank you for your comments... I don't think there will be a problem with sagging as the left support is 10" wide. I don't think there will be anything "TOO" heavy on the shelves, but just the same, you never know...

it is all 3/4" plywood and my total span is 38"... it should be ok...

thanks again for your opinion.

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DrHicks,

thank you for your comments... I don't think there will be a problem with sagging as the left support is 10" wide. I don't think there will be anything "TOO" heavy on the shelves, but just the same, you never know...

it is all 3/4" plywood and my total span is 38"... it should be ok...

thanks again for your opinion.

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Aaahhhh. Gotcha. For some reason it looked bigger than that to me.

I guess if there ever is a problem, you can always add some sort of support.


Even so, nice job!

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