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Picture of Tetris shelves

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Having seen a bunch of examples of these that other people on the internet had made (that although awesome, were waaaaaay too expensive) I had a crack at my own take on the idea.

I made some prototypes a couple of years ago, but the colours didn't pop as much as I'd hoped, and I've got more tools now.

Here's how I made mine....

Stuff I used:

  • Table saw
  • Steel rule
  • Squares
  • Knife
  • Router + dovetail bit
  • Dovetail Jig
  • Wood glue
  • Paint
  • 12mm MDF - 8ft x 4ft sheet
  • 3mm MDF - 6ft x 2ft sheet
  • PPE - dust mask / googles / ear defenders

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Step 1: Design

When you think about it, each Tetris block can be broken down into four equal squares.

I decided each square would be 160mm2, and be 150mm deep (good for CD's).

*UPDATE* After making a few more sets of these for other people the ideal unit size is 224mm, as this fits DVD's n' stuff */UPDATE*

I took to AutoCAD and drew up some plans.

I chose to use 12mm MDF, and they'd be backed with 3mm MDF. The joints would be dovetailed as they're nice and strong, and not that hard when you've got a router and a dovetail jig. (you can get away with rabbit joints though)

Once I was happy I wrote all the measurements down as a "shed reference sheet" and took to my little workshop.
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Putting a square block right on top of that hole at the top would really drive people crazy. I think I might do it :D

tomas75a5 days ago

What are dovetails?? Never heard about that. Cool project though! I like it:)

JohnnieT6 days ago
Really nice!!
kjsrocks6 days ago

Be sure to screw them together and screw them into the wall.

You wouldnt want it to fall over

Cotixtof6 days ago

Great! If all possible, where can I get the autocad files? Chris

A very well documented, commented and photoed Instructable! The geek in me loves the way the Tetris pieces stack together, and the CDs storage part looks so good! I'd love to give something like this a go sometime, but until then, great job introducing, recording and explaining the steps!

starforest12 days ago

Wouldn't the shelves be some what unstable because they're just stacked on top of each other? If one shelf at the top had more weight on it then the ones at the bottom wouldn't it fall off?

paverphalange7 months ago

Thats fabulous

dan30088 months ago

I want now :D... Just droped you an email requesting a quote. I dont really have the needed tools to do it myself lol

motherprune8 months ago

Breathtaking...!!

cobbledbeard8 months ago

Its exceptional

mousepaper8 months ago

Its exceptional

mousepaper8 months ago

Its exceptional

Thats fabulous

amazedgreen8 months ago

Thats exceptional

fastbobble8 months ago

Thats astounding

gorgeddamp8 months ago


Superb

clearedeager9 months ago

Its spectacular

illrings9 months ago


Marvelous...!!

airbugger9 months ago

Its phenomenal



Incredible.

headlymph9 months ago

nice

tealrink9 months ago

NICE

grousebandit10 months ago


Its breathtaking :)

harechubby10 months ago

good

clapfilk10 months ago

wonderful

cheshirecorn11 months ago

Cold...!!

great

spongeraffle11 months ago

Thats exceptional...

workexaminer11 months ago



Thats calme

gazumpglue1 year ago

Awesome project! Looks like I will be making a set. One question, I didn't see any dovetails, did you mean rabbet's?

wish i had the room to get a set!
Excellent design, love it so much.
BunnyRoger1 year ago
So cool!! Wish I was a bit more of a handyman or carpenter to do this for my kids' room.
This is amazing, Love this Instructable!!
MAApleton1 year ago
Oh wow, I absolutely love this!!!! It looks so incredible.
Don't lower your standards! You've done a really good job there.
p3jawors1 year ago
Are the different blocks connected at all or are they just stacked onto each other?
HicksCustomFurniture (author)  p3jawors1 year ago
Stacked, so they can be rearrange for different spaces...or if you're feeling playful!
Super cool and awesome!
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