Introduction: Shelves With Drop Down Display

Hello instructables! This my first instructable I have ever published so please don't be to critical.

I want to show you how to build some shelves with drop down displays/ drawers.

First things first your material.

1 - 1x10x8 cut twice to 36"

8 - 1x3x4 (made 2 shelves)

disc magnets (I used ceramic)

12 - little eye hooks (painted black)

1 box chain (painted black) the box has more than you need

wood glue

wood screws (1 1/4 x 8 gage)

display handles

Tools used

miter saw

kregs jig

circular saw

drill

wood bit paddle(for hinge n magnet holes)

tape measure

speed square

level

Step 1: MAKE UR CATALEVERS FOR SHELF

1. I cut 4 pieces at 14 inches long.... 2 right sides with 2 45degree angles and 2 left sides with double 45degree angles on the miter saw.

2. Cut 2 pieces for your center cantalevers at 9 3/4" with a 45 degree angle on the flat side

3. Cut 6 at 9 1/4 all flat. these are the tops of the system

4. Cut 6 at 9 3/4 flat with 45 degree angles on each side. these are the middle of the sytem

Step 2: ASEMBLING THE CANTALEVERS

1. I made a jig to get a perfect 90 degree angle

2. I pre drilled all the holes so that I don't split the wood. I screwed the tops into the bottoms.

(don't over tighten the screws.... just snug)

3. I used the kregg jig to drill pockets for screws for the middle and tightened them as well.

(don't worry bout the holes we are goin to put paintable wood putty to cover up)

assembly done

Step 3: Attaching the Shelf

1. align the lever flush with the shelf edges and the middle.

( should b bout 14 1/8 in between the 2 edges)

2. mark and predrill 4 holes for each catalever

3. counter sink the holes to be filled later with putty

4. screw to lever system

Step 4: Display Shelves

I made 2 different shelves. The first had 2 drop downs and the second only had one

1. the backs of the drop downs on both shelves are 14 1/8th inches

(they will fit snug)

2. I used my kregg jig to dill pockets for screws on the back

3. first shelf with 2 drop downs

I cut the 1x10 to 14 1/8th inch....twice

I cut the 1x3 to 14 1/8th inch...twice

4. Drilled holes through the bottom of drop down into the top and counter sunk them

( fill those in with wood putty)

5. Centered and drilled holes for handles. ( also counter sunk)

6. using a paddle bit 5/8ths ( or what ever size hardware you are using) I drilled the holes for the hinges and attached them to make sure the drop downs were flush with the edge of the shelf.

7. I drilled the holes for the eye hooks and attached the chain using needle nose pliers

8. I drilled with a paddle bit 3/4s of an inch hole for the magnets to sit in. added wood clue as to stop them from falling out.( now u can use any type of magnet you want. stronger the better if you want to use them as drawers. I am using them as displays. so I need just enough grab to close when not displaying any thing.

9. Second shelf I did 1 solid piece

Cut 1x10 at 30 3/4 in

Cut 1x3 at 30 3/4 in

(repeat step 4)

10. Because the cantilever has a middle system u have to measure and cut out so that the drop down can close and be flush with the shelf.

cut on the 1x 10 was 2 3/4s inch wide and 7 1/4quarter inch long

on the 1x3 the cut was also 2 3/4s wide and an 1inch deep

11. Repeat steps 5 through 8

Step 5: PUTTY - SAND - STAIN

This process is pretty straight forward

1. fill in the holes with wood putty

2. sand down till u get to the grain around it also for any rough edges

3. stain or paint with the desired color and let dry

Step 6: INSTALL AND ENJOY

I hung my shelves on 2 opposite sides to bring balance.

1 locate ur studs or if your like me and have a block wall for your exterior wall

1. predrilled holes into the concrete wall and used 3inch tapcon screws also painted black and screw them directly into the concrete.

Thank you for taking a look at my instructable ...enjoy!!!

Comments

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cj2wernimont (author)2015-09-28

They turned out amazing! Just for future refrance, I would have hidden the pocketholes on the other side of the trusses... no need to waste all that putty! Awesome idea, hope I get to try it soon!

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yeah I thought about that but I had no room to screw them in, that's why I went with them on the outside. had they been bigger I definetly would have put them on the inside. they were fun to make an hope u get a chance to try. thanx

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Shawn_palmiter (author)2015-09-28

They were fun to make and look real nice in my office and match the desk I built. Thanx hope u get to try them.

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Bantiarna (author)2015-09-28

Awesome idea! Hope I have a chance to try it!

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Shawn_palmiter (author)2015-09-25

Thanks amber

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amberrayh (author)2015-09-24

These look like great little shelves! Do you think that you could turn the images right side up? It's a little hard to follow along :)

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Shawn_palmiter made it! (author)amberrayh2015-09-24

I'm not sure why they loaded like that. do you know how to rotate them? this is my first and cant find how to. when I loaded them they were not sideways.....could use a little help.

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amberrayh (author)Shawn_palmiter2015-09-25

I know that if you are on the desktop version of the site (not using the apps) then you can edit the photos and rotate them in the Instructables editor. Maybe this will help: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-Instructable-Using-the-New-Editor/

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