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A weekend project or so I thoughtA weekend project or so I thought

Tiamat26Tiamat2624 days agoDiary
A weekend project or so I thought.

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It's no surprise for big collectors to have to change their displays, bust and make things look great. Over the years I have moved the collection a few times and made it so that I could clean the Detolfs completely front and back. This also includes ever y single shelf.

This will be a semi tutorial as well as a changing of the guard sorta speak. Let me take you through a few of the before pics and then I will take you into the rabbit hole in to the DIY side of things. Lets begging; as you will see in the next few pics this is part of the Detolf collection I have that spans a wall when I make my way down a corridor in the basement. I have 4 detolfs in a row with some DVD storage on either side. There are lights that can be lit to guide your way down the corridor. First DIY project will be to eliminate those light as I need the room to add 2 Detolfs.

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All crammed in together now...

And this is the reason I told myself to get this done. So many unopened beauties the needed to breath.
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So now that the move to the other spaces is done I needed to get rid of those 2 lights. The cats decided to help of course in all aspects of this project.
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Lights are now off and we are ready to measure out a new base section for the Detolfs. Personally due to height restrictions in the basement I use IKEA Lack shelves as my bases. They are not wide enough for Detolfs but they sure are sturdy and can easily handle the weight of so many Detolfs. They have enough legs that is for sure.

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr202/Tiamat_26/A%20weekend%20project%20or%20so%20I%20thought/SDC16483.jpg


Measurements done its time for some DIY time. I bought an extra LACK shelf to mod off of E-Bay for $20.00 So if I screwed up it was just 20 $ down the drain
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Alright the added section is ready to be set into the main structure. No glue no nails or anything needed to both structures look good. Just need to be very precise and butt them up to one another properly.

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Of course the cats are going nuts wondering around smelling everything exploring every new move I make to get this project finished.
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Three Detolfs are up and I need to build the 2 I bought a while ago ( Almost 7 months ago)

Now here is where I do things even more differently. I hate the new Detolf tops as there is not enough room to pass 4 sets of wires and keep everything glean looking. A few years back I reached out to the community to see if people had spare dust covers that they were not using. Many friendly MFC users sent me their covers without a charge to me in Canada. And I thank them all for that.
So now I Modify the new tops and make the space for the caps.
http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr202/Tiamat_26/A%20weekend%20project%20or%20so%20I%20thought/SDC16496.jpg

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And voila all 6 Detolfs are built and set on the Lack base.
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Time to install some shelves that already had the lights attached to them.
http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr202/Tiamat_26/A%20weekend%20project%20or%20so%20I%20thought/SDC16511.jpg

And now the last 2 Detolfs needed to get the lights attached; I uses a 2 way thin tape to do this.

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr202/Tiamat_26/A%20weekend%20project%20or%20so%20I%20thought/SDC16512.jpg

I highly recommend once again that you prep your shelves before. Installing the lights is quick and simple if you do it before installing the shelves. I f you try and install the IKEA lights after it is very very easy to place them crooked.

So I prep all the light prior to installing the shelves like so.

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And there is a new wall of what will be bliss to walk down and look at. I also now need to finish putting on the doors hardware the doors themselves an the tedious task of dusting every one of the figures that is going to go back into the cases.

Now I did go and buy something for all that extra work that will be needed to get the dusting done.


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Who knew that having so many figurines would be so time consuming when it came to take care of them.

I look forward to comments if you have any

Oh I am adding this as I am unaware of how to link pictures from an FB account.. What is it that you are suppose to do to make just the picture appear? TY

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Tia
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25pt
My favourite figure is your cat
24 days ago
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PlasticInMyBlood (17 days ago) #42522935Cats always help in their own way when you relocate figures, dusting figures, taking photos of figures and so on :) Nice setup you have and some really nice figures

Thank you for the comment. Yeah my cats are always stealing the show when it comes to pictures.

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Tia
17 days ago
1pt
Cats always help in their own way when you relocate figures, dusting figures, taking photos of figures and so on :) Nice setup you have and some really nice figures
17 days ago
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Solarstormflare (24 days ago) #42174501My favourite figure is your cat

Which one there are 4 of them..

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Tia
23 days ago
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Jenthehen (23 days ago) #42214966This is amazing! Everything looks great!!

Thank you

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Tia
23 days ago
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Jenthehen Otaku at Law
This is amazing! Everything looks great!!
23 days ago
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Imasock (24 days ago) #42171977Yeah, your requirements may be different, that's fine. I live in a different realm of risk because of the potential for large-scale problems of earthquakes.
Just relaying what I went through, what an actual expert in structural construction and carpentry relayed to me, and what I did to ensure I wouldn't have a problem 10+ years down the line.


It is much appreciated

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Tia
24 days ago
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Tiamat26 (24 days ago) #42170666Thank you for the comment It was interesting to see what was actually in a LACK shelf but This has withstood 6 years thus far and shows no sign of failing. I would have to say that a Klaxx base is not all that greatly constructed to begin with the way the screws are set and if you put pressure on the wrong side of the screw then your shelf will collapse.
The biggest difference with a LACK set up is like comparing the pressure points on an egg. Put pressure on an egg from the side and you will have egg splatter all over you. Do it from the top and bottom and you have to exert such an enormous force that it is hard to break . Since the screws on the LACK point downwards and there are so many legs the amount of pounds that the LACK can take is exponential to the legs.
Not an engineer here but lots of building background.
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Tia

Yeah, your requirements may be different, that's fine. I live in a different realm of risk because of the potential for large-scale problems of earthquakes.

Just relaying what I went through, what an actual expert in structural construction and carpentry relayed to me, and what I did to ensure I wouldn't have a problem 10+ years down the line.
24 days ago
2pt
Imasock (24 days ago) #42169455That corrugated, hollowed shelving is precisely why I'll never place my Detolfs on top of them. I had two of them (Kallax shelves) purchased to do exactly what you did, in the exact same quantity. After realizing that there's approximately 300lbs on each shelf, there was no way those would hold up effectively over a long period of time like that. I live in earthquake territory, so in the event of something moderately rigorous, mine would likely collapse. My carpenter friend of 20+ years of experience recommended going a different route immediately after he found out the shelves were not solid.
Clearly you are fairly handy by doing all of those modifications yourself. We constructed custom shelves out of 3/4" plywood and they hold far more than those hollowed shelves ever would. I cringe every time I see such a large investment placed on top of such fragile shelving. Do yourself a favor and protect your investment by going with shelving that will hold up over time and not place your valuables in jeopardy.


Thank you for the comment It was interesting to see what was actually in a LACK shelf but This has withstood 6 years thus far and shows no sign of failing. I would have to say that a Klaxx base is not all that greatly constructed to begin with the way the screws are set and if you put pressure on the wrong side of the screw then your shelf will collapse.

The biggest difference with a LACK set up is like comparing the pressure points on an egg. Put pressure on an egg from the side and you will have egg splatter all over you. Do it from the top and bottom and you have to exert such an enormous force that it is hard to break . Since the screws on the LACK point downwards and there are so many legs the amount of pounds that the LACK can take is exponential to the legs.

Not an engineer here but lots of building background.

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Tia
24 days ago
7pt
That corrugated, hollowed shelving is precisely why I'll never place my Detolfs on top of them. I had two of them (Kallax shelves) purchased to do exactly what you did, in the exact same quantity. After realizing that there's approximately 300lbs on each shelf, there was no way those would hold up effectively over a long period of time like that. I live in earthquake territory, so in the event of something moderately rigorous, mine would likely collapse. My carpenter friend of 20+ years of experience recommended going a different route immediately after he found out the shelves were not solid.

Clearly you are fairly handy by doing all of those modifications yourself. We constructed custom shelves out of 3/4" plywood and they hold far more than those hollowed shelves ever would. I cringe every time I see such a large investment placed on top of such fragile shelving. Do yourself a favor and protect your investment by going with shelving that will hold up over time and not place your valuables in jeopardy.
24 days ago
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