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Old 07-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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New weekend project(s)

Weekend project #3 is a book/glasses/kleenex shelf for my side of the bed. #4 was a quick little shelf over the door.

The kitchen side of the bed has a bit more room for a shelf, so I got a little larger shelf than the one I built for my wife. It gets the kleenex box, and a magazine-rack-style place for a book.

The shelf over the door was inspired by Alf's 5.0. He took a piece of crown moulding and mounted it over the door. But his screen door is a little deeper than what I've got on the 19 (likely a result of newer door hardware on my 19), so that approach wouldn't work here. I added a 4" wide shelf, and put a 2" wide lip on it. Not sure what we'll store here, but it's a handy place for things that move in and out of the trailer regularly.

Both are made from ash.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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That's beautiful ! and very handy !
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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Looks great, Doug.

I was going to do the same (sans tissue holder), but found one in oak someone had posted here for $20 or so, and decided I already had way to many other things to do.

BTW, you know your head is at the wrong end, you do not face the door. That would drive me (and Sheldon on Big Bang Theory) crazy.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:53 PM   #5
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I think my feng shui is not looking too good. Our heads are on the door side, the bed does not allow air flow underneath and around it, and we have windows on three sides. Thank goodness the mirror isn't facing the bed.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #6
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Another lovely shelf!

I am still trying to figure out how to put something for books on the adjacent side, i.e. the wall on the side of the fridge. Do you know of any reinforcement on the edges of that wall that a shelf could span across? Sometimes I can tell by knocking when something solid is behind the paneling, but I'm unsure on that one.

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Old 07-30-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
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Lisa: all of the panels have reinforced edges. If your shelf spans right from edge to edge, you'll be safe. I'd better be careful here: all of the panels *I've checked*...

Besides, properly hung, even a hollow panel could support the weight of a small book shelf (say 2 shelves, 12" wide, not loaded with encyclopedias). If I was attaching a book shelf to a hollow panel, I'd do something that doesn't depend on the threads of a screw. Something as simple as peg board hooks should work fine.

r.e. which side of the bed: that's the side the reading lights came on.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:50 PM   #8
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I just examined that wall (driver's side, between the fridge and the bed).

It does have internal reinforcements on both edges. There's also a reinforcement just below the overhead cabinets, in line with the thermostat.

If you wanted a shelf that wasn't the full width, and were happy putting it right under the overhead, you could attach it anywhere along the width, maybe 1" below the overhead.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:25 AM   #9
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Thanks so much Doug, for checking that. I sure wish I had your woodworking skills! My husband does, but he has no time this summer...so I'm trying to get creative with some pre-fabricated solutions and that wall has been stumping me!
thanks again,
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Impressive workmanship Doug!
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