I’m still not dead!
However, it kind of felt like it as I ushered in 2014 with a case of food poisoning that left me flat on the couch for about a week.
My first big (interrupted) task of the New Year was to do another garage overhaul and renovation. So it was time for dumpsters and clean out and……..discovering a new project I just had to do!
This is how it works for me – I’m a bit…unfocused. I get all geared up to do one thing and then something sparkly catches my eye and all bets are off.
Anyway, I was trying to be hard-core about the garage and my rule for cleaning was “if I don’t know exactly what I want to do with something it has to go.” So while digging through and sorting I came across these shutter things. Does stuff just magically appear in your garage? My garage is some kind of time/space vortex. I have absolutely no idea where, when or how these came into my possession but they are perfect for a little project I’ve been imagining…. for like a year……
I need a way to set up my craft show booth that is fast, compact and yet makes use of vertical space and gets the merchandise up and at eye level. I’ve been making due with a stair-step display I built but they aren’t very big and they are really awkward to pack up and transport.
So, I had long planned to build a folding, portable shelving unit that would display a lot but not take up much room while packed.
But kept dragging my feet about buying the wood and doing the math. And then these shutters popped up!
I had to use my scroll saw to remove the spindles – leaving the frames.
I cut some plywood down to 4′ long by 10″ wide shelves and cut little notches in the corners.
A quick paint job and
Easy, portable, BIG display shelf.
Perhaps a bit too big because I didn’t have enough merchandise on hand to actually fill it for the pictures. But you get the idea.
Here is a close up of the notches on the shelves. The notches allowed me to have deeper shelves and also provided some stability (I need to touch up that front corner).
And it packs up small and flat which is awesome because real estate in the Fit is tight.
(Honesty: this photo is a bit of a fake as there is one shutter missing….I put the hinges on wrong so you can’t close it….which I will fix)
So there you go. A year in the imagining and about an hour and a half in the execution cause that’s what efficiency is all about.
Thank you Garage Vortex Gods for making this project possible.
Happy 2014 Everyone! (don’t eat chicken quesadillas at dubious Mexican restaurants)