Last week, when I showed you guys how to make the rolling storage crates, I mentioned that one of them hid a secret. Well, it’s time to spill the beans! (Just humor me and pretend that the photo on the left hasn’t given away the answer already. :-)
One of our storage crates was customized as a printer cabinet! I know, you’re shocked, you had no clue right?? Okay, thanks for pretending for me, we can move on now.
So if you read our Custom Rolling Crates post, then you have a pretty good idea of how we built this one too. The basic concept is the same, we just changed up a few important details. (If you haven’t read that post yet, you can find it here.)
Starting with the top, we built the crate upside down on the same frame used for all the other crates. There was one HUGE difference though.
The side that would become the front of the cabinet only got the first and last pieces built in.
To replace the support that was lost by not properly building all four walls, an extra strip of wood was attached inside the edge of each side wall.
The remaining pieces for that wall were glued together in the same manner as everything else, but they were done as a separate, unconnected door instead. Additional supports were added on the edge of the door as well.
Once the glue was all dry, we added a shelf inside.
There were a few extra items needed for this cabinet. We used a magnetic latch set,
and a couple of hinges. We also used a few feet of small chain, but I forgot to take a picture of that.
I held the door in place and attached the hinges.
The magnet portion of the latch was attached to a small block of wood so that it could all line up correctly.
I placed the metal plate onto the magnet the right way, then held it in place before attaching the block of wood to the top frame of the cabinet.
Then I screwed the metal plate into the correct position.
The last step was to add the chains to each side,
so that the open door was supported.
Oh, and I almost forgot, I also drilled a hole in the back for the power cord.
There is room on the bottom shelf for extra supplies like paper and ink cartridges. The opening front door allows space to pull out the piece that catches the printed paper, and I can just roll out the bin to expose the opening on the top if I need to lift the copy lid.
When I first built this industrial shelf, I had three main goals. 1.) Hide the Playstation,
2.) build rolling storage crates,
and 3.) Build a printer cabinet.
I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out!!
For all of the pieces of this multi-part project: