By Tim S H Y D E R

Ion't let the diminutive size of this wall organizer fool you—it can handle a lion's share of storage. Contrasting with the dark grain of the walnut, the thin pine dividers in the "letter-box" section keep bills, letters, and envelopes in order. The organizer would work well above a bedroom dresser, holding small items like brushes, wallets, cologne and a current novel or two. Or you may find these shelves equally useful in the kitchen or by the front door. The shelves are wide enough to hold magazines, and the drawer can fit in either of two openings on different levels. You can fasten these shelves to the wall, or simply set the unit down on top of a larger flat surface.

Most lumber dealers don't have Vi-in. thick hardwood in stock, so you'll have to use a thickness planer to plane down %-in. thick stock, or have a millwork shop do this work for you. If you have trouble finding 7-in. wide boards, buy narrower stock and edge glue your boards to make up the 7-in. width.

Making the Parts

For the sides, shelves and dividers to go together squarely, opposing dadoes must be milled in matching locations. To accomplish this, lay out all your joints carefully, making sure not to confuse one part or side for another.

Cut the sides, shelves, and V4-in. dividers to size. All these parts are 7 in. wide, so rip enough stock now to make all of them. Then cut the shelves and sides to the finished lengths given in the Bill of Materials. Don't cut the dividers to length now; wait until you've assembled the shelves and sides.

Set up for cutting dadoes and rabbets. First, square your tablesaw's miter gauge to the miter-gauge slot. Then mount a dado cutter on the arbor and adjust the cutler width to V^-in. Adjust

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When gluing the back to the top shelf, put a softwood block in the back's circular cutout to protect it from the clamp.

FIG. 1: WALL ORGANIZER

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Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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