I can’t have things on top of my table, I just can’t, specially modular storage boxes. (or any other boxes, btw).
What happens with that, is that I put it somewhere it can fit over the table, just like this:
But, in doing so, even with my table completely clean, bottom drawers become annoying to use. I have to keep clear some space in front, wich is just impossible for me to do for more than a pair of days.
Today I decided that enough was enough, and I had to move the modular storage somewhere else. I don’t have any shelves or similar, so that was not an option. I also discarded mounting a shelf for it, it gets dust, it’s insecure if is shorter than the drawers, and if it’s longer, things will be put in front, wich is the original problem I’m trying to avoid.
So, what bout direct wall mounting?
These modular boxes are quite wall-unfriendly, at least the ones I use (combibox). There is no wall mounting option other than plain old school drill/screw wherever you can, and it’s tedious, and fairly unpractical (been there, done that). So, I decided to try using the actual dovetail rails as supports. My first intention was to mount points simetrycally, so one piece would be a positive dovetail, and the other, would hold the dovetail by the ends, actually making the pieces interconnectable.
To do so, I made a simple lasercut pattern, to push some polymorph (from now on, “poly”) on it, while holding it next to a dovetail pattern (aka: a single box ^^U ).
However, that was quite a failure. The piece moved around, you couldn’t get an actual good impression of the dovetail (piece on top of this text, falls off). Also, the amount of “dovetail holding area” was quite limited, and I didn’t like it at all, so I devised a different method to build the holders.
First, lasercut a mold for the screw part:
The holes where undercut and then reamed to 3mm, so I could use lapped shafts to have nice holes in the pieces.
Next, pick the thinnest HDPE film you can find, and boil some water for the poly.
Put back the dovetail piece on a box, and heat it with hot water, you don’t need to make it transparent all the way, just deep enough so it doesn’t cool while you heat the second part.
Altough it holds, and it holds well under load, I just put two dabs of superglue on the topmost supports, just to ensure no accidental slideout. Still, undoing two screws wich are readily accesible, is WAY better than having internal screws around the whole drawer assembly. (In fact, I had to slide out it four times while rearranging components and drawers, and I didn’t mind about it, it’s that nice to remove and put in place.