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Show my your Sliding media storage: DIY

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I read many-many pages and searched the "show me your rack" thread, the "show me your media storage" thread, others.

What I'm looking for is Sliding media storage DIY solution for the bottom of this DIY A/V in wall storage.
Not fixed wall media storage, seem lots of those, looking for sliding.

The A/V area 24" wide x 24" deep, I will have 3 sliding shelf's on the bottom, and before I do my own thing just curious what others have done in this/similar situation.


Since I just got done with my DIY screen and DIY center shelf(and need some acoustic treatments behind the screen per Dennis Erstine advice), now I'm moving towards finishing the A/V area.

Post some picts with comments.

I'm thinking basically a sliding drawer with Home Depot/Lowes side full extension drawer glides, and a box to hold/separate/organize the DVD's/Blu-Rays.
I could use some leftover 1 x 4 pine board to make the box 4 walls, with 3 groves for drawer dividers. Simple as that.
Still nice to see what others have done, and I assume with all the talent here some have made exactly what I'll be doing shortly.
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
Nobody else built sliding storage?

Anyway;
I bought two types of full extension slides from Home Depot today and will be making the sliding storage shelfs this weekend.
One has cam adjustment, one does not.
Before I open either package, what the heck is cam adjustment for?
I'm at the Liberty hardware webpage but that basic question is not answered there, or I can't find a FAQ.
Their Install instructions does not mention it. http://www.libertyhardware.com/docum...structions.pdf

Cam Adjustment 22" slide:
http://www.libertyhardware.com/searc...22-ZP-W&FIN=ZP

Quote:


D806C22-ZP-W
Brand: Liberty
Style: Utility
Finish: Zinc Plated
Description: Drawer Slide, 22" CAM Adjustable Full Ext, 1 Set Per Pkg

Features & Benefits
# Up to 1/8" vertical cam adjustment
# 100 lb. load rating


Just 24" full slide:
http://www.libertyhardware.com/search/default.aspx

Quote:


D80624C-ZP-CU
Brand: Liberty
Style: Utility
Finish: Zinc Plated
Description: Drawer Slide, 24" Ball Bearing Full Extension, 1 Set Per Pkg

Features & Benefits
# Ideal use for kitchen and office cabinet drawers
# Smooth ball-bearing action
# 100 lbs. load capacity
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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I see it now, thx.
So if I want to save $2/slide (diff @ Home Dept) and trust my install no need, but if I'm a little off the cam helps fine tune the slide to achieve easy & correct "in-plane" so no binding.


post #5 of 12
I saw this idea in a magazine and decided to build my own. I used 4 - 50lbs sliders like what you have shown in you pics. The storage area is about 6' tall, is about 18" deep and will hold about 350 SD movies and more than that for Blu-Ray discs. The one in the magazine was pretty impressive it was every bit of 6' tall and was about 4' deep.

Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of mine.



Picture of the cabinet in the open position. I need to update my pictures because this picture does not even have all the shelves installed. I have one side full right now and starting to work on the second side now.



Here is a picture during the construction phase.



One more...



Let me know if you want any pictures from the back or not.

Cheers,
JJ
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jjmj427 View Post

I saw this idea in a magazine and decided to build my own. I used 4 - 50lbs sliders like what you have shown in you pics. The storage area is about 6' tall, is about 18" deep and will hold about 350 SD movies and more than that for Blu-Ray discs. The one in the magazine was pretty impressive it was every bit of 6' tall and was about 4' deep.

Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of mine.



Let me know if you want any pictures from the back or not.

Cheers,
JJ

JJ;

Wow, I really like that concept and possible will borrow from what you did. Instead of 3 individual moving shelfs, make 1 large unit that slides in/out with compartmentalized (sp) storage, then you can see everything at once instead of guessing and playing open/shut the shelf game.

18" deep, how wide is your unit? I'm guessing 12" give or take from pict.
So put things on either side.

Is there any blockage getting to items?

Individual sliding shelfs would guarantee access if I go the full 24" width and 24" deep.
However, I could make two sliding towers side-by-side, they'd be maybe 32" high and 11" wide, I'd have to mock that up with DVD/Blu-ray to see if it packages in my space.

You've given my creative juices something to churn on while I'm driving home, funny how many things get solved when not thinking directly about them, background processing.
post #7 of 12
I am in the process of building something similar to jjmj427.





I would say the toughest part is lining up the rails. I did not use the cam adjustment ones. Just the 24" rails from lowes. Luckily it went in on the first try.

My shelves are 7 inches deep, and the rails extend out to allow full access to the media.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by drvic71 View Post

I would say the toughest part is lining up the rails. I did not use the cam adjustment ones.

Nice job on your slide out! I agree with your whole heartedly about lining up the rails. If I had known about the rails with cam adjustment, I would have bought those.

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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

JJ;

Wow, I really like that concept and possible will borrow from what you did.

Thanks, you are more than welcome to use any and all parts of the design.

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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

18" deep, how wide is your unit? I'm guessing 12" give or take from pict. So put things on either side.

I believe the width on mine is around 12 - 13", I will check on it when I get home.

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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

Is there any blockage getting to items?

I have no blockage getting to any of the DVDs.

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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

You've given my creative juices something to churn on while I'm driving home, funny how many things get solved when not thinking directly about them, background processing.

Funny how that whole process works isn't it!

The only down side I have is that I put my lighting switches on the other side of the room and if I have the lights dimmed I can't hardly make out the dvds. I am planning on mounting a contact switch on the back of the cabinet. Then when the cabinet gets pulled out it will open the contact switch and allow LED lights or a rope light to turn on to illuminate the DVD cabinet. That is still in my list of "TO DO's".

Cheers,
JJ
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by jjmj427 View Post

The only down side I have is that I put my lighting switches on the other side of the room and if I have the lights dimmed I can't hardly make out the dvds. I am planning on mounting a contact switch on the back of the cabinet. Then when the cabinet gets pulled out it will open the contact switch and allow LED lights or a rope light to turn on to illuminate the DVD cabinet. That is still in my list of "TO DO's".

Cheers,
JJ

I wouldn't put it on the back of the cabinet, but rather on the front. If you accidentally leave the cabinet just slightly open it will leave the light on. So it should only turn on when you have it pulled all the way out.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by In2Photos View Post

I wouldn't put it on the back of the cabinet, but rather on the front. If you accidentally leave the cabinet just slightly open it will leave the light on. So it should only turn on when you have it pulled all the way out.

Good idea guys for the illumination, I'll incorporate something along those lines also.
I'm thinking some thing like when opened 2-3" then turns on, it's enough that it won't be on if not fully shut, but there may be times when something is in the front portion and you want to open it only that far, so having the switch only turn on when fully opened won't help that either.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by In2Photos View Post

I wouldn't put it on the back of the cabinet, but rather on the front. If you accidentally leave the cabinet just slightly open it will leave the light on. So it should only turn on when you have it pulled all the way out.

Thanks for the heads up. I was considering that scenario, but I really didn't think about moving the location of the switch forward to fix that problem.

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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

I'm thinking some thing like when opened 2-3" then turns on, it's enough that it won't be on if not fully shut, but there may be times when something is in the front portion and you want to open it only that far, so having the switch only turn on when fully opened won't help that either.

I agree with you there also. I would do the same thing and have it where the light will turn on once it opens 2 - 3".
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well guys, after thinking about my storage situation, and doing other things this weekend, like getting rid of 10"+ of snow that dumped on SE Michigan this past Friday, here's my "best idea" for media storage.

I appreciate your feedback.

Idea 1: Make the existing bottom (2) 1" thick shelf sliding via side mount full ext slides, make and attach a "box" with 4 walls/dividers to shelf to organize media.
Cons: Not adjustable, heavy (1" board) but sturdy, need to remove the adj shelf stand already attached to inside walls so full ext slides can attach directly to wall
Pros: Looks integrated, sturdy feel

Idea 2: Make a sliding box that attaches to the 1" shelf, box slides via undermount slides.
Cons: Need to make a box, some space is eaten up by stack up of slides, need to "fix" shelf so it won't "pull out" with box if pulled hard
Pros: Shelf and box full adjustable up/down for future flexibility

Idea 3: Make 2 tall/skinny units that have storage on each side, that slide in/out like JJ and drvic71 did.

Pros: looks integrated
Cons: Too close to wall/corner, hard to access/see items on the backside.

Direction: Go with idea 2, I like the quick adjustability. crude sketch below.
I'll make 2 of these for Blu-ray/DVD storage, the bottom shelf I'll make some for the record storage. I have to show my kids that records do exist and the do play/work/etc.

Final thoughts/comments before I tackle this xmas DIY project?

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