How to Make a Shelve With a Stop Sign





Today we are going to make a unique shelve made with a "stop" sign.

The sign is too big to open the shelve like a classical door, so we will design a cool system of up and down opening system, all made in wood

Quicly :

Step 1 : Make the shelf structure

Step 2 : Make the opening system

Step 3 : Make the wall fixation system

Step 4 : Make the locking system

Step 5 : finishing touches

Step 1: Make the Shelf Structure

the "stop" sign is an octagon.

so let's Apply some basic math :

the sum of the angles is 360° so 360/8 = 45°

For angles 45 °, I have to cut my pieces of wood to 22.5 ° and a length of 33.5 centimeters.

I use my miter saw for a clean and clear cut.

Once the wood pieces are cut, I sand them quickly.

I check that the pieces fit together well, I glued them and I stand by the pieces together thanks to my tightening strap.

when everything is glued, I reinforce the structure by means of lugs folded stainless steel at 45 ° and screwed into the wood

Step 2: The Opening System.

My stop panel measures 83 cm, is too much for a conventional open system, so I thought of a sliding opening system: from bottom to top and top to bottom

I drill the pieces of the top and bottom to insert two wooden sticks that will serve as a guide for sliding the panel.

Meanwhile I realize the wooden part to be fastened to the panel and which will slide with it.

To fix the wooden rods to the octagonal structure, I drill the structure and rod and I sink to the hammer a smaller rod. Then I use my multi-tool for cutting flush the pieces which exceed.

I use chopsticks 22 millimeter diameter. The octogon is drilled at 22 BUT the part secured to the panel is drilled 23 or 24 to facilitate sliding and have an opening and a closure easier.

I add an handle made with aluminium to ease the closure on the top of the sign.

Step 3: The Wall Fixation

To attach to the wall shelf one must understand in what sense will apply force.

The weight of the shelf is applied to the bottom, we must find a simple fixing sytem which prevents the shelf from falling and, in case of, tipping forward

I recovers a cleat then I cut lengthwise at an angle of 20 ° or 30 ° you can also cut it to 45 °.

I do not have a table saw, so I fixed the cleat on my work plan with a clamp and I cut it with a circular saw.

One part is glued and nailed on the structure when the other part is screwed on a wall.

Step 4: How to Close the Shelf

To hold the panel in place when the shelf is closed, I turn a wooden pin on my lathe.

The pin is stuck under the shelf, and a simple locket that can turn just prevent the panel from falling.

I added a washer made of MDF to make up the gap between the panel and the shelf.

Step 5: Finishing Touch and Improvements

To facilitate the sliding of wood against wood I use paraffin. I heated and I apply it with a cloth.

For the realization of this shelf, I used reclaimed wood ( so i was limited into the size of the wood).

To improve and optimize storage in the shelf, we can and we must use more wood in width.

With the larger wood, the shelf will be deeper and we will have more storage space.

We can also add intermediate shelves, glass ranges, bottles wedges, depending on the function that we want to give to our shelf.

The shelf can host dangerous products from the house, the sign "stop" will deter children from going in.

The shelf can find its place in a man cave for storing a service wiski;)

If the shelf is deeper, it can easily store few books, comics or manga

once the shelves are attached to the structure we can close it.
the back of the shelf is closed thanks to a medium thickness of 3 mm tip Glued and nailed. Once everything is dry, the edges are cut and sanded for a nice finish.

Step 6: The Final Product

So here a quick video of the final product.

Hop you enjoy the shelf.

One more thing : I apologize for my bad english, i've tried to do my best to give you clear explication i think the pictures will help to understand all steps.

Thanks for reading and in case of thanks for voting :3



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    17 Discussions


    3 years ago

    very kool, but my old Lady will not allow it in house and we have no garage!


    3 years ago

    E bay has a ton of stop signs


    3 years ago

    Any idea on where one could legally obtain a stop sign? I've never seen one in a hardware store.

    6 replies

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    i've found it in a dumpster. And someone will give me an other one don't where he find it


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Signs are semi-legally obtainable on work sites where workers sometimes forget them but if you want to be fully legal with this, you can contact same company that makes signs for government. They cost a fortune though as reflective coating/foil is really expensive. If you google hard enough you are bound to find someone who sells signs made with cheap paint and those should cost around 50 € (there used to be a company doing that in my country but it is gone)


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Stop signs (and signs in general) are often not purchased by the government entities that use them. Cities will often have sign shops that make street name signs as well as stop signs etc... as will larger entities like state DOTs.


    It is quite possible to legally buy stop signs from vendors who sell them to places like shopping malls and other private entities (think everyone with a big parking lot). It's quite possible to get a nice looking sign that isn't fully MUTCD compliant without spending too terribly much on it not to mention just making one as well (making signs that just look right but aren't necessarily "real" signs is very easy since it's such a standardized design)


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I don;t believe the average user can legally buy a Stop sign. Therefore you need to steal or 'find one in a dumpster' that someone else stole to make this. When I was much younger I came home slightly drunk with a stop sign. The next day I contemplated who would be at fault if someone died as a result of me removing the stop sign and decided it would be almost entirely my fault. I therefore took it back.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction


    Depending on what size you want they aren't all that hard to legally purchase. It's also not entirely uncommon to come across old signs that have been legally retired in 2nd hand stores or other random places that deal with "junk". It is also quite possible to make a fairly nice looking stop sign even if it's not fully MUTCD compliant.


    3 years ago

    There are lots of places to legally buy a stop sign. Here where i live in nebraska my community has a large annual flea market every July and this year alone there were 8 or so different vendors all with stop signs that had been retired or scrapped. They were selling for $20 to $50. I bought one for $15 in bad shape (character lol) they had older non reflective and newer reflective ones both.

    The trick to keeping it legal is to get a proper receipt with vendors name phone number and address. this way the authorities can track down who sold it to you and they are liable. Stealing one is stupid and dangerous to all people using the roads. don't ever do it but in usa if you look in the right places they are totally legal to buy and own.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I'm working on a new system better than that one ;) but i'm proud of me and i like it too.

    Thank you


    3 years ago on Introduction

    You should probably start with some sort of statement discouraging stupid people from going down the road and stealing stop signs. Otherwise good job.

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