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Subject: What Was I Thinking.?..I Built Game Shelves. rss

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Mike T
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My first project a few years ago was a game table, you can search through my gallery to see those pictures. Now I thought, hey I don't like having free time let me build game shelves to store everything.

So...Let's roll back to March 2015. I had a crazy idea for a summer project that I would build some game shelves to store my growing collection. I didn't like most of the storage options you could buy for one reason or another so it came down to the only option was to build it. I wanted to store everything as compact as I could. I wanted no wasted space so I even measured standard game box sizes and put that into my design. I use a CAD program and a couple of weeks staring at the design before I started to buy materials. At the end of the project there was only one measurement that didn't match the CAD drawing but it was only off by 1/8th of an inch.

One of the things I didn't like about some of the other storage solutions out there, is that they are not deep enough to fully support the game and some of the box over hangs the edge. Given enough time that will damage the game boxes. My shelves are built 20" deep and fully supports every game in my collection. The doors are 12" deep and can fit Ticket to Ride game box sizes. The whole shelf is 4' wide and 10' tall. It is split into 2 parts that can operate independently. Each section is 5' tall. There are pins on top of the bottom section to keep the top one from sliding around. The whole unit is anchored to the ceiling as well so it wont fall over when the doors are loaded and open. The doors have adjustable shelves so I can adapt the shelf to whatever I am storing in it. The main shelves are fixed. Each of the shelves has a adjustable backer board to keep things from falling out the back side and to keep longer and shorter games the same distance from the front.

I have always had a problem with my small card games as they were scattered where ever they could fit on the previous shelves. This meant they were sometimes forgotten about and hardly played. I own games to play them so this was a problem. I built 3 drawers to store all the small games and my gaming components in once place. And of course there has to be lights in everything.

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I also wanted lights in the shelves and in order to make sure there was no wasted space all of the electrical needed to be hidden. That means the lights and the wires couldn't be in the shelf space. All the wires are drilled through the shelves and grooves are cut into the back to route the wires. The LED lights are dovetailed into the bottom of each shelf. There are magnetic sensors on the drawers and the doors so when something is opened the lights for that area come on. There were supposed to be ambient lights in the glass panels (the glass is double pane) on the doors but after getting 2 of them done and breaking lots of glass I abandoned the idea. There was lots of soldering involved in that one. So I never hooked up the doors even though 2 of them have lights and worked. I think I spent as much time on the electrical as I did on the rest of the project.

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So by now you are asking, how much and how long. All supplies came in to a hair under $1,500. I started buying materials March 31. It took about 7 months to finish but between having a kid and taking a long vacation I figure I spent closer to 4 months on it. It would have taken a bit less time but at the very end of the project as I was mocking up one of the doors I dropped it and broke glass and snapped a some wood. That took an extra 10 hours to fix and rebuild the door. That was about the time I could have used a very big hammer.....This was all in my spare time as I do have a full time job. There were a few times I just had to walk away for the night for reasons of mass frustration. If you have ever done a project like this you will understand the feeling.

One of the best parts about this is that the whole thing is made out of real wood. No MDF or any type of particle board here. So hopefully it will last longer than I should ever care about. Oh yeah and also I built it!!! There is a certain level of satisfaction that comes with it knowing that I made it and if I want to change it or add something it isn't going to fall apart the first time I take a hammer to it.

My game collection is ~325 at the time of writing this. Everything fits very well on the shelves and I figure I have enough space to fit another ~115. So enough room to grow for years to come.....hopefully.



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That is incredibly well done, I am jealous.
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My wife would love it if I built this. Super organized, yet it hides the actual games. Using shelves for standard-size boxes and drawer for smaller games is a neat idea.
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My experience in (admittedly) cheap DVD cabinets has always resulted in the hinges not being able to handle the loaded weight of the door shelves. How do you deal with that?
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First the fact of being real wood increases the strength a lot. The sides are where the hinges attach are 1 1/4" thick instead of the 3/4 thick everything else is. Second I used full length piano hinges for the doors. They might sag over time but will never come off. I bet the hinges could hold up the whole shelf loaded.
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Great work!

It was wise to break it into two sections which will help if you ever need to move it.
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Wow! Nice work! That last picture deserves a larger size - beautiful!
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Looks like you need more games.
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Cubsfan31 wrote:
Wow! Nice work! That last picture deserves a larger size - beautiful!
The full size picture is on here. If you click on the picture and at the top click "original" you can see it much better.
 
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pawnpusher wrote:
Great work!

It was wise to break it into two sections which will help if you ever need to move it.
Plus if I ever move into a place without 10' ceilings it won't be a problem.
 
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Edit: Forgot the card games.
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Very well done. Now for one of those library style ladders that roll across the top to get to the top.
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Really fantastic work! I think I speak for us all when I say that I wouldn't mind a copy of those blueprints..."Honey...you have a lot of games...we don't have room..."
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girman39 wrote:
Very well done. Now for one of those library style ladders that roll across the top to get to the top. :)

I was thinking about something like that in the inception of this project but figured it wouldn't look good. Maybe if I had a whole game storage room of games.....hmmm
 
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