and i didnt realize i couldnt edit the title...
Hey Everyone, this will be my first Instructible ever and after reading and/or following dozens of other 'ibles i think i know what to do.
i am still in the early stages of building this (havn't even bought the wood yet...) and will edit this as i go along adding pictures and schematics as i make them.
to start you off, i will say that the estimated cost for a approx 4.5' tall and 3' wide set of modular cubbies which would supply you with over 12 cubic feet of storage space among anywhere from 6 to 24 cubbies will cost no more than $20
AND IF YOU CALL NOW YOU WILL ALSO GET.... well ok no you wont get anything for calling now, but I've always loved it when the infomercials said that.
i'll be back soon with more. for now im installing my student version of Autocad to draw you some pretty pictures of my ideas.
Step 1: Materials and Supplies Required and Some Cost Info
-Power Drill (for holes)
-Table saw (any saw WILL work, but the table saw makes things much quicker)
Wood: [this still isnt set in stone because i havn't finished going from raw idea to set design.]
1 -- 2"x4"x10' beam
1 -- 2"x2"x8'
1 -- 2"x6"x8'
1 -- 7/16"x4'x8' plywood
-- a bunch of screws i will probably be using 4" and 1"
and a four 1/2" diameter x 3" long bolts for use in "modular mode"
Step 2: 2x4 Cut Dimesions in CAD
if you are thinking to yourself, why doesn't he just use those little metal pegs u can buy for making book cases?
the reason is because the cost for just one shelf worth of those pegs would almost match that of the wood... not worth it to me.
the cylinders at the tops of the 2x4s represent wooden/metal dowels which would help secure the stacked shelf above in place.
Step 3: 2x2 Cut Dimensions in CAD
four are needed for each module
Step 4: 2x6 Cut Dimensions in CAD
Step 5: Plywood Cut Dimensions in CAD
i "cut" 8 sheets for my virtual shelves
Step 6: Let's Put Together What We Have So Far...
...i didn't start this 'ible to teach people how to screw pieces of wood together tho... i did it to show which pieces of wood go where.
Step 7: Back Covers (optional)
the first pic is of a full 28' by 19.25" sheet of the same plywood sheet screwed to the back by imaginary screws. these dimensions provide a 1 inch border around the slotted grooves in the 2x4 to allow easy installation.
the second pic is just enough of the plywood to cover the slots in the 2x4s and prevent pushing the shelves right out the back. this setup also allows for rear access.