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#83279 - Wed May 30 2007 10:13 PM New Globe Shelf
thermactor Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: Decatur, IL
Hey everyone,

Over the long weekend, my dad, Tara, and I built the globe shelf that I have been planning for quite some time. It took a lot longer than we had thought - 2.5 days!

It started with my vision of making a globe shelf that met the following criteria (usually mutually exclusive):
1. Globes as close to ceiling as possible
2. Bulbs centered vertically inside globes

This design fit both of these criteria together. Plus, you can change the bulbs without touching the globes, and change the bulb height for different globes with little effort.

The shelf is supported by brackets on top, so there are no visible supports under it.

The globes are on a central dimmer, located in the back corner on the bottom side of the shelf.




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#83280 - Wed May 30 2007 10:14 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
thermactor Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: Decatur, IL
The swing-down lower panels allow access to change the bulbs from underneath. You can also easily remove the individual "lamp modules" if they stop working or need to be switched to ones with different heights.



The shelves themselves each have Wiremold power outlet strips inside of them, allowing each lamp module to be unplugged, and preventing the flexing of wire nut connetions when changing bulbs.

Each lamp module is held in place by two thumb screws.





I guess the next step is to find more globes! We'll replace the one fantasy globe (Oldsmobile) first, then rotate any future globes through the shelf. We're already wishing we had a second shelf!

Wes

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#83281 - Wed May 30 2007 11:06 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
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Registered: Sat Mar 22 2003
Loc: DFW metro area
Very nice job Wes!!!!!

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#83282 - Wed May 30 2007 11:40 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
bruzer75 Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 22 2006
Loc: Grants Pass, OR, USA
Absolutely beautiful job!!!
Mike

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#83283 - Thu May 31 2007 06:34 AM Re: New Globe Shelf
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Registered: Sat Nov 25 2006
Loc: Marshall Va USA
Nice work, looks great.
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#83284 - Thu May 31 2007 07:08 AM Re: New Globe Shelf
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Registered: Fri Jan 13 2006
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Mighty fine job. Looks great. I'm gonna steal that idea!
Paddy
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#83285 - Thu May 31 2007 07:31 AM Re: New Globe Shelf
aquartlow Offline
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Registered: Thu Aug 10 2006
Loc: Trenton, Ohio
The fans with a plan! Extremely well done,
congrats on your project.

Mick

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#83286 - Thu May 31 2007 08:39 AM Re: New Globe Shelf
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
EXCELLENT JOB...TOTALLY IMPRESSED!

LOOKS LIKE TO SOMETHING I MIGHT'VE THOUGHT OF AND MY BROTHER AND I WOULD'VE CONCOCTED!

I WAS GONNA SUGGEST USING LOW WATTAGE FLUORO COMPACTS, BUT YOU DID SAY YOU HAD A DIMMER!....COOL BEANZ, DUDE!

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#83287 - Thu May 31 2007 01:42 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
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Registered: Mon Jan 09 2006
Loc: Dover, Ohio
What a neat way to go...good job!!

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#83288 - Thu May 31 2007 02:24 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
wads Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 05 2003
Loc: Illinois
Wes and Tara - looks great!!!
I'll be the dumb one here - What supports are used to hold the weight of the shelf and globes? It appears there are some brackets fastened to the wall but how did you support the weight near the outside of the shelf? Love the idea and especially the drop down to change the bulbs and plugs.
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#83289 - Thu May 31 2007 02:47 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
BBQ Chicken Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 02 2005
Loc: Raleigh, NC
nice - looks sweet

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#83290 - Thu May 31 2007 06:19 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
thermactor Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: Decatur, IL
Thanks for all of the nice comments! We're very happy with it.

Wads, the shelf is supported by the L-shaped stamped steel brackets that you normally find mounted UNDER a shelf. We put them on top instead, and drilled an extra hole in the center of the leg that sits on top of the shelf. If you look at the 5th picture, you can see the Nylock nuts and fender washers on the ends of the screws that go through the L-brackets up top. It's plenty strong, and it's a nice way to go because it doesn't show up very much.

Getting the spacing right was tricky - I wanted a bracket on at least every other stud, but since I had to cram the globes together, the stud spacing and globe spacing were almost the same. It was hard to set it up where the L-brackets didn't interfere with the aluminum globe rings. I finally just made an Excel spreadsheet that calculated all of the stud spacings, globe ring edges, L-bracket edges, etc. Then I could just enter a globe spacing in inches and "stating position" and it would automatically calculate everything. But, that's probably more than you wanted to know

Thanks again!
Wes

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#83291 - Thu May 31 2007 08:08 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
bruzer75 Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 22 2006
Loc: Grants Pass, OR, USA
OK Wes but what did you do with the do hicky, thing a ma jig and the thingy do? LOL
Mike

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#83292 - Thu May 31 2007 08:32 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
wads Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 05 2003
Loc: Illinois
Thanks Wes - again nice job.
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#83293 - Thu May 31 2007 09:16 PM Re: New Globe Shelf
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Registered: Fri Jan 20 2006
Loc: On the plains of Colorado
You're crackin' me up Wes.... I was thinking that there must be a "No pictures on the wall" joke, and you come back with an Excel spreadsheet formula for bracket spacing.... 2Cool. Some day I gotta get one....
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