1. Anonymous
    September 6, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Steve, do you need a special saw blade to cut melamine?


    • Steve Ramsey
      September 6, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      No, but I think a fine-tooth blade will probably cut better. If you get any chip-out, you can run some masking tape down your cut line before you cut.


    • Hans Angulo
      September 6, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

      80 or 100 teeth carbide blade, slow feed and use a zero clearance plate, any regular blade that is labeled to cut aluminum Works fine , if you are cutting small quantities you can even use a 7 1/2 inch blade instead of a 10 or 12 inches in your table saw. Also wear a dust mask and be careful because if you do cut your material properly then you will have very sharp edges on the melamine.


  2. Sergio
    September 6, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Or you can cut the melamine with a utility knife before you use the table saw


  3. wim31415
    September 6, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    Really nice mock-up of that logo. Bravo !


  4. Danny
    September 6, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Or you could do a precut with the table saw blade just high enough to score the surface, then raise the blade and complete the cut.


  5. Hillcrest Baptist Church
    September 6, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Crap, I thought it was made from plastic when I saw the pic. Nice Job. Some people call those clamps pipe clamps, which is a little ambiguous, or worm gear clamps.


    • Mikey V.
      September 9, 2013 @ 11:34 am

      Strong language from a Baptist church 🙂


  6. Stewart Payne
    September 7, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    A nice project and I liked the blue and yellow logo thingy. One thing I was waiting for and missed (or maybe it wasn’t mentioned) was trimming the edge banding after it’s ironed on. There’s a commercial tool for this but I always ended up cutting into the melamine. What I use now is the back edge of a knife, run along the corner, at a slight angle, to break the edge banding. It’s reliable, fast and does a great job, followed by a little sanding of the edge of the edge banding to clean up.


    • shaurz
      September 10, 2013 @ 1:53 am

      Another technique I’ve seen is using a router to trim the edge.


  7. Anonymous
    September 7, 2013 @ 1:58 am

    I like how Steve made a shelving unit that he could pile expensive electronics onto, and specially built it such that his cat could knock it down.

    We need more furniture that’s easily knocked down.

    It’s especially important to have furniture that is easily knocked down when it’s never going to be put into the smallest box possible for shipping.



  8. 7.62x54r
    September 7, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    This design is impossible to knockdown (in the sense of taking it apart) since the screws holding the legs to the top and bottom shelves are covered by the melamine edging. It’s a “knockdown knockoff”, not a true knockdown.


  9. Mikey V.
    September 9, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I am happy to admit I get design ideas from Ikea. Stylistically, I prefer the clean look of Ikea over all the Greene and Greene inspired designs with with 123 ebony plugs and bat wings and cloud lifts and and 22″ inch chrome rims and all kinds of other stuff that serves no real purpose.

    Less is always more.


  10. ctdahle
    September 9, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    Steve, I agree that snooty-ness over exotic wood and fancy joinery is a turn off and I therefore applaud your effort to present easily built designs for mere mortals. Frankly though, your design abilities and sense of proportion are rather more god-like than you let on. Anyone could hack out a few shapes and come up with a “sorta Jetson’s-ish” clock for example. But it takes an understanding of proportion and color that most mortals lack to produce the one you designed, a Jetson’s clock that looks like it was built for the set of the live action remake. (By the way, why isn’t there a live action version of the Jetsons in production?)

    But here’s what I really wonder: Do you really think the numbers of woodworkers are dwindling? Lately, I can’t fling a brick without hitting someone who lists woodworking among their hobbies. Perhaps some measures, new tool and lumber sales for example, are indicating a downward trend, but I think many woodworkers, including new woodworkers are getting by with the tools they own and lumber they can salvage. My usual sources of pallet wood seem to be drying up and places that once offered a trove of used tools seem to be drying up too.

    I think in this economy, many people who would have bought display shelves, knick-knack cabinets or throne room reading material racks are instead, making them themselves and people like you and Matthias and Mark, deserve a large share of the credit. The rest of us are lucky that there are people with design sense, a high degree (however unpolished) of talent in front of the camera, and a better than average set of production skills who are willing to teach about woodworking on spec.

    Anyway I hoist a glass to you and your YouTube woodworking brethren, for even when you present a project I’d never build, you present skills and techniques I doubt I’d imagine otherwise.


    • Mikey V.
      September 10, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      I don’t know if there are more woodworkers, but the trend toward reclaimed and salvage lumber is real and huge. It follows what is going on more broadly… farm to table restaurants, regional sustainable organic, reality TV (as fake as it is), Metallica putting out records that sound like they were recorded in a garage (even if it costs million$ to make). Gen X people in particular were advertised to their whole lives and have reacted by seaking out “real” instead of “fake.” (I suppose live action Jetsons sorta fits that trend :).

      One more piece of evidence that “real” is cannabilizing “fake” within the woodworking community: my local hardwood dealer (not exactly a trend setting business) recently cleared out an entire aisle of exotics to make room for live edge slabs. The slabs were all regional species: Local Cherry, Ash, Kentucky Coffeenut, Black Locust. Again, not sure if woodworking is growing or not, but within the hobby people are shifting toward more “real” forms and shapes.

      Which does take us back to design. Fancy exotics and figured lumber in some ways can compensate for a lack of design sense. “i.e. Look over here! – Birdseye!” I posted a poll on woodtalkonline asking where people struggle most. Design, Joinery, Wood Selection, Finishing. Design and Finishing is where people said they need the most help. So while magazines like Fine Woodworking dedicated pages to complicated joinery, they might be missing the boat a bit. People want help understanding design (although their current special issue is about furniture design).


  11. Ian Webster
    September 10, 2013 @ 8:47 pm


    Just a thought, instead of worm gear clamps I think that simple O-rings would work fine. If necessary, you could use 2. They are cheap, come in all different sizes and would be virtually undetectable under the shelf.


  12. Earl Finnegan
    September 11, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I added more storage space to my house, but I just have too much stuff. I ended up renting some storage units in Edmonton ant it’s worked out splendidly.


  13. Mark Sindone
    November 10, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    This is a very economical storage shelves to DIY at home. The materials necessary for this project also seem to be readily available at local hardware stores and do not cost that much. Thus, I think it is a very cost-effective and pretty much functional product that you can build at home for your needs.


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