Introduction: Wardrobe Divider/Shelf
What inspired me?
Like with any good idea, it is designed to solve an issue. My issue was 1. having nowhere to put my tool box and tools. And 2. was having some wood scrams I didn’t need, so I decided to make a simple wardrobe divider. So, I began to use a tape measure to roughly measure the perimeter of the ward robe base in order to get rough pieces made.
What will you need?
-4mm Drill bit
-Meter ruler and a pencil
-4 by 2 (roughly 400mm long)
-I used a scrap 18mm by 1500mm by 1000mm sheet to work as the top of the divider.
Step 1: Step 1 - the Top
Before anything, I used a tri-square to make sure my wardrobe was a square as It could be. It was a little out so I just knocked against the walls and it was straight. I then used a tape measure to measure the available space I had under Neath my clothes. I also measured the width and length of the wardrobe so I now had all three axis'. I used the measurements I acquired to draw the shape onto the sheet I had. I made sure it was all square before cutting.
I then took the sheet outside ready for cutting. I noticed a small bow in the sheet, so to eliminate it, I placed it down onto a flat surface and placed two 10kg weights in the centre of the sheet. I left it like this for a few hours and then I removed the weight. The sheet was now straight so I place did on the work mate and began to cut. I made sure to go slow as this meant it was easier to cut the lines. Once it was cut out, I ran over the edges with a soft sanding block to get rid of the sharp burs left by the jig saw.
Step 2: Step 2 - the Legs
The next step was to cut the legs for the sheet to sit on. I took a length of 4 by 2 and made sure it was not bowed. And since it was close to straight, and the legs only needed to be around 400mm high I didn’t care much about it. I divided the length into 4x 400mm lengths and used a tri-square to mark the exact cut line. I then used the jig saw again to cut these pieces out. A mitre saw would have been a lot easier to cut these pieces out. I then gave these a quick sand with some 80 grit sand paper.
Step 3: Step 3 - Drilling
Once all of the pieces had been cut, I decided I should mark out where I wanted the pilot holes to go. To do this, I found the centre vertical line of each piece and drew this straight down with a pencil. I then placed the pieces side by side, and made a mark 10mm from the top on all four pieces. I then marked out a hole 10mm from the bottom on all four pieces. I used a 4mm drill bit to drill these holes making sure they were as close to 90 degrees as possible. I did this for all four of the legs.
Step 4: Step 4 - Mounting
The next step was to insert them into the wardrobe and secure them in place using the screws. I found the position and then used my impact driver to forces screws into the legs and then into the wardrobe. I didn’t think much about the materials I used as I wasn’t adding much weight to the top, all of the heavy items are based at the bottom of the divider.
Step 5: Finished
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