Steel Shelf for Storage

IMAG1958   Handmade Steel Shelf I am constantly looking for ways to organize my materials and tools.  While recently  going through my closet, I noticed that I had 35 pounds of stick welding electrodes.  Some of them are stainless steel specialty electrodes and are quite expensive.  So I wanted to create a storage solution that would keep them dry and easily accessed. I did not want to invest in more steel so I needed to work with I had on hand.  My goal is to work with materials that I would otherwise not have used in my art.  At least not in the near future.

 

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I made two shelves from some expanded sheet and 3/4″ square tubing.  These shelves are 6 inches deep and 15 inches long.  I then used two 3/8″ square bars nine inches in  length.  I needed some braces in front for strength and support.  They were made from 1/8″ strips that were 1 inch wide.  The completed shelf is shown in the photo below.

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The mounting plate is hot rolled steel tread plate 2 1/2″ wide and 18 inches long and 1/8″ thick. The tread plate adds a distinctive industrial look to the shelf unit.  Four 5/16″ holes were drilled into the mounting plate and it was welded to the main shelf unit.  The mounting of the shelf was the most interesting part.  I went to the nearest Home Despot and found these EZ anchors.  They are sturdy metal spirals that you drive into your drywall with only a number 2 phillips screwdriver.  No drilling required.  I chose to mount on studs. The easy anchors even go into these with a little more force.  They come with screws that you mount your item with by screwing them into the anchors.  Each fixture is capable of supporting 50 pounds.

 

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Here is the support shelf fully loaded with 35 pounds of welding electrodes.  I am quite pleased with the whole ordeal.   I chose not to paint or clear coat the metal to just keep its rough, industrial image intact.  I make metal art that I display on my Etsy shop.  Stop by and have a look.

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