Can Rotating Shelf




Introduction: 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

    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.

    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?

    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

    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!

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