Can Rotating Shelf





Step 1: Rough Calculations

After about 30 minutes of google searching I found several plans available for purchase, but where's the fun in buying someone else's design?

Based on cut away pictures of shelves I took a guess at the angles. For the top feeder shelf the angle was set at 8 degrees off horizontal. The lower feeder shelf was set at 4 degrees off horizontal.

To make the cuts, I first used a compound slide mitter saw but had some issues achieving consistent slots. After messing up on several cuts, it was time to work smarter not harder. From the scrap pieces I created templates for the 4 & 8 degree cuts so the table saw could be used and things went much smoother.

Step 2: Adding the Shelves

The shelves are glued using carpenters glue. For additional stability I also stapled the shelves using a pneumatic staples gun.

Step 3: Squaring Things Up

After gluing and stapling the shelves the rotator wasn't quite square. To solve this, temporary braces were added to the top and bottom.

A can stop was the next thing to add on the front. I used the same 1/4" ply used for the shelves

A back was also added using 1/2" ply. There's no need for a top or bottom

Step 4: Future Improvements

The shelf templates helped tremendously when it came down to exactly matching the shelf slots. The bottom feeder shelf angle is a bit shallow and doesn't always as feed cans when not full.

On the next set I would like to use 3/8" laser cut ply. This will make the units lighter and create a better fit by using dove tail joints on the sides, back and front. I also plan to increase the lower feeder angle to ensure proper feeding no mater the number of cans.



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    6 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like a good prototype. I'd suggest trying a version using 2x4s as the vertical supports, since using 3/4" plywood would get too expensive/wasteful in a larger system. If for small pantry systems, I can envision dowels being used. Good job.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I can't wait to see the new improved version :)

    Had you considered putting a small slot/gap thing in the front to make it easier to grab out the cans?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    this is great! i wanna make a few of these and set em up near each other on my pantry shelf be good for my tomatos because we go through alot


    5 years ago

    simple, functional, brilliant. If only there were some way to implement the use of paracord. then your instructable would fit right in with most other outdoor instructables!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I assume the outer dimensions were set by the size of your cupboard or shelvex