Making a FIFO canned food storage auto-rotating shelving rack.

Yesterday I made a shelf for some canned food. I have been eyeballing the soda in the beverage gliders at the local convenience store. After talking to the manager a few times, he said he would see if he could get some for me. Yesterday, we stopped in, and SCORE! He had half a dozen.

So, I started making the canned goods slider.

Plexiglass and straightedge
Brother supervising my cutting of the acrylic sheeting

I started with an old piece of plexi I had left over from my college days. It used to be the top to a home-made desk. I used it because it’s nice and thick.

Rough layout of the DIY food shelf rack
Trying to fit the shelves into the space that works well with the size of the plexi

Here I am trying to figure out what angle they need to be to work correctly.

initial testing the food shelf roller rack
The first try was a failure

I tried it out. Dismal failure. Not only did the tape let go – silly me for using painters tape, but the angles and heights where all wrong.

Assembled Can Roller Rack
layed out can roller rack

Here I have it set up with the right angles and heights. There needs to be a good angle with plenty of distance between the two so you an slip the can in back, and be able to pull it out up front.

riveted the parts together
See the rivet sticking out? The plastic riveted together well.

I riveted the whole thing together. The rivets have a nice, smooth head that doesn’t stick out very far. Bolts, screws, etc. would have given me fits to go through the sides like this. I would have needed to bolt up hardware on the bottom.

One side riveted on. The other side will keep the cans from wanting to fall out.

One side done! Lots of rivets. You see that it holds the cans up, but without the other side, it wants to tip out.

marking drill lines so the holes line up well
Neatness counts

Marking out the drill holes for the other side. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but lining up all the holes makes it look better.

Finished home made canned good rotation shelf
Load it in back, pull from the front. Sweetness!

Here it is all done. I zip-tied it to my metal shelf that hold the rest of my canned food.

I really like whole thing. It cleared up a lot of space on my shelving. It allows me to automatically rotate my canned food so it doesn’t expire before I get to eating it..

They day after Katie moved in…

Katie and I got back late Friday night, early Saturday morning. Saterday night, we finished unloading the trucklet and trailor. This is what we had on Sunday… Snow! Welcome to Illinois Katie!

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Spring Flowers

The weekend Katie and I got back from the wedding, Katie wanted some time to herself so she could unpack un-hindered by my help. This worked out great, as there was a Local Primitive Skills meetup covering forageing for wild edibles.
We wandered around the woods, looking for stuff that is good to eat. It was a bit early, but I had my camera with, so I got some early spring flowers.

I haven’t a clue what ANY of these are, so if you know, pass the knowlege along!



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Siding the new garage at my Parent’s place

My parents built a garage for their cars at the new house. Here, Dad is showing me how to hang siding.
Dad and I siding the garage for the cars.
When the ladders got too short for Dad to reach up, it was just me. I would measure and hang the siding. He would cut it.
The last piece for the front of the garage.

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Basket Stand

As a followup to the earlier post regarding the Crochet Basket Stand, I am posting some better photos. No, it’s not staying there in the hall, that just happens to be a good spot to take a photo of it.
Here you can see the two green totes and the 4 baskets with crochet supplies in them.
This is the base. You can see I have used both shelving brackets and a wooden kicker. This keeps the whole thing from falling forward.
The shelf-posts are simply mounted with a shelving bracket and a single 3 inch long screw from the back. You can also see where I used the brackets to stifffen the stand up from rocking side to side.

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