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« on: December 14, 2013 08:58:12 AM »

So... I guess this is the right category, since I built the shelf from scratch.
For a while now, I've had the markers just in a few fabric bags on my desk...
and it's been so annoying! (Mostly because I tend to put things on other things...
and everytime I took out one marker too many... my tower of random stuff fell
down. Usually on me  Roll Eyes

Didn't take any progress pics, 'cause I ... well. I forgot. Anywho.

I do want the shelf to somehow attach underneath the larger black shelf. However,
it's a very hollow sort of thing (IKEA), so I don't think screws will work. So for now, it get's to be on top Smiley


I got the wood at our local home improvement store (they cut all the pieces too, with no extra charge *hearts* )
Black paint, some scrap paper, ink and a crapload of mod podge later.. I decided to put some
felt at the bottom of each compartment, and after putting the pens in there...
I think I'll put a piece at the back of each one too.

Disclaimer for the last pic. Usually my crafting area is serene and tidy. Don't know what the naughty
house pixies did there today!  Grin

If anyone has any creative idea how to fasten the thing under the black shelf, I'm all ears.
On the wall, It's gonna be to far away (my arms aren't that long....) or in the way of the
other sewing machine that usually stands where those (now empty!!) black pouches are.

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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2013 09:07:27 AM »

Oh, you did a great job on this.  I love the colourful papers you added.

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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2013 10:17:51 AM »

Your shelves are very neat and useful. Great project!
Wow, drooling over all your copics!
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2013 10:34:06 AM »

I, too, am drooling over your copics!  And I adore this idea.  Fabulous work!

And hmmm ... could you do some sort of hook (like the kind for putting bicycles on the wall?) or maybe tie it up there with some pretty ribbons/string going around both the shelf and the copic case?
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2013 11:56:42 AM »

Neat idea!  Can you take the ikea shelf off, and from the roof (Huh top?) of the marker holder drill screws up and into the IKEA shelf?  You could secure the screw ends with something... Are their tiny bolts that size?  Anyhow, that's another idea.

« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013 01:06:12 PM »

They make what is called "L" brackets. Those would fasten it to the front of the shelf, and can be painted to match in black {they mostly come in a silver coat, but spray paint would work on them if you rough up the surface a bit with sandpaper} Attach them to each compartment divider all the way across the front. Back side I would suggest just pre-drilling some holes, and attaching short screws into the upper shelf. If you think your shelf will get heavy, then attach LOTS of them. Probably 3 per compartment. Two people are required for this sort of project. One to hold up the sectional, and one to work the tools.  Grin

You could also get it pretty good with eye screws and chain, and let it swing just a bit. Short chains like 2" or so. Again with the pre-drill method for the eye screw attachments. And do those at the tops of the compartment divider pieces. Make sure your drill bit is a bit smaller than the eye screw, so that the screw still "bites", and wood glue is not a bad idea to add in the hole, either. Just to give it extra grip. No, I am not Tim the Tool Man, but I have worked construction, and have watched a lot of the PBS shows about the fix up stuff.  Roll Eyes

Take a photo of this to your hardware store. They may have even better ideas there!


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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013 02:44:19 PM »

Oooh, I LOVE the addition of the papers!

So, uh... I have nothing helpful or intelligent to add to this conversation.  But I remember you talking about all your extra shades of pink copics... now I see what you mean!

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    « Reply #7 on: December 15, 2013 09:13:50 AM »

    Ooo, very pretty!! love the paper you used to line the sections.
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    « Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013 12:30:56 PM »

    I love the idea of just putting the markers out in cubbies - so convenient! Mine always end up everywhere, on the floor, under furniture, in my cat's lair...

    I have a couple of ideas for ways to mount the cubby below the shelf, without trying to actually attach it to the shelf.

    1.) 2 or 3 big ol' L-brackets and a black piece of plywood; drill the brackets into studs, put the thin black plywood on top to make a skinny shelf, and put the marker bin on it.

    1.a) Or, if you don't want to see the brackets, since the marker bin will be filling the gap entirely, you could mount 4-ish smaller L-brackets upside down. Here is my terrible diagram:

    2.) Build your bin out to be a floating shelf all on its own. A couple of bucks for more plywood (to make it deeper and construct the lip) and mounting hardware might be a worthwhile investment.

    Anyway, it's looking good so far, if it was in my house I'd be calling it a day. Smiley
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    « Reply #9 on: December 17, 2013 07:46:01 PM »

    Great idea - I may have to try to figure out a smaller version for mine!
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