Office Shelving – Part 2

Office Shelving – Part 2

Shelving 1

Once I had the new desk built, I realized that the HUGE white walls that it was mounted too were too blank and needed to be spruced up.  I had 4  14″ x 8′ plywood strips left over from the desk surface, so I decided to use those to make the shelving unit upper and lower.  The plan was to attach 2 2×4’s to the walls and mount the shelves to the 2×4’s.  Once everything is mounted, I covered up the 2.4’s with the left over planks of hardwood flooring that I used on the desk surface and painted the whole thing with the same metallic silver paint that I used on the desk base.

Lighting for this unit was the tough part.  I wanted indirect lighting and a lot of it, so I decided to go with 1/2″ LED rope lights – they give off lots of light, very little heat and very low power consumption, plus they fit in tight spaces.   I had to design lips and recessed spaces for the lighting to go as well as a single path that one 36′ strip could take uninterrupted through the shelving unit.  After quite a bit of mocking up on the floor I found the light path that would show the least amount of cord (the red line in the design sketch).

Another major consideration of the shelving was to incorporate a monitor stand mount.  I have a 4 monitor mount installed on the desk, but I want to consolidate it and include it in the shelving unit.  This was a tricky design piece because the clamps for the mounts are a very specific diameter and won’t clamp onto just any pipe.  I went with the 1″ pipe fixtures, joints and flanges from home depot.  After some fiddling around, I found the correct sizes and joints to set each of the two mounts at just the right height.  This pipe is connected with a flange and 8 bolts, 4 on top and 4 into the surface of the desk.  I wasn’t crazy about drilling 4 holes into the desk surface, but this was the only way to make it as strong as I wanted it.  I can literally kick it with all my strength and it won’t budge more than 3mm.

The choice of the monitor mount pipe made the shelving supports an easy choice – I used the same iron pipe in 1/2″ with flanges on top and bottom to split the shelves in thirds plus on in the middle.

Finally, I trimmed out the edges with 1/2″ aluminum trim u-strips on all the outward facing edges of the plywood to cover up the rough stuff and match the desk.

I got the wireless switch controller from harbor freight that uses a key-fob to control up to 3 plugged in items so I can turn them on and off from a remote location.

  1. AnonymousAnonymous08-10-2012

    I’ve been looking at your site and you do so many different art things, you are very talented… please keep posting.

  2. AnonymousAnonymous08-12-2012

    well done

  3. Teryl AdamsTeryl Adams08-13-2012

    how much weight can they hold with the thin plywood base?

    • ben@drolet.comben@drolet.com09-28-2012

      its pretty solid, i would guess that each side can hold about 200 lbs

  4. AnonymousAnonymous08-13-2012

    i love the lights!

  5. AnonymousAnonymous08-18-2012

    the question is how much did the materials cost and how much time did you spend on these. You could have save so much time by just going to tarkget and buying some shelves. Dont get me wrong, they look cool, but for what?

  6. Jewel MJewel M08-18-2012

    Do the lights get hot?

    • ben@drolet.comben@drolet.com09-28-2012

      the led’s throw off almost no heat

  7. AnonymousAnonymous08-29-2012

    This is really wonderful, your garage is AWESOME.

  8. CarterCarter09-25-2012


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