I wound up putting a lot of projects on hold over the last couple weeks so I could do this. I’ve put together a new top shelf for my desk to expand my storage space, and I’m also working on a paint rack to free up one of my toolboxes for all of my new gear. I’ve been talking shit about fixing the desk for over two years, and the overwhelming clutter has been holding me back from doing a lot of other stuff. It feels damned good to have this done.
Below the fold, I talk about the tools and equipment I used to make the shelf, but all told this cost me almost nothing and presents a substantial improvement over the absolute wreck I had before.
Okay, so. This was largely triggered when one of my bookcases fell apart and I decided to scav the melamine from it to fix other furniture rather than just throw it out. I also used the “wood” to add shelves to some of my other bookcases, and I’m drawing out templates to use the last of it with a salvaged chunk of molding to make the paint case.
Electric drill (bought from Goodwill): $8
Sandpaper (1 sheet each of 110 and 240-grit): $1
Wood screws (box of 50): $2
Stack of cheapie magnets: Free
Mini ziplocks (from Daiso): $1.50
3 stackable organizers (on clearance at Target): $4.50
0.25″ dowel: $0.25
0.25″ drill bit: $1.15
Folding hand-saw and miter saw: Both cost about $15, but I managed to finance them as part of a prop-making deal for someone else.
Carpentry square, steel ruler: $1 at a local swap meet.
Vapor mask: $30, swiped from my resin casting safety equipment.
Scavenged lumber, paint from my minis projects, Mod-podge left over from the table runners we used for our wedding.
As you can see, I’ve done a good bit of cleaning and re-organizing since, as well as finishing the paint job.