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Sending out Feelers for a Storage Idea 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I live near a master woodworker who does pretty much any kind of project using wood. When I built my house, he did the kitchen cabinets and island. He is very, very good. Not only do the cabinets look better than anything I would have gotten through a store (Lowes, Home Depot, cabinet stores), but they are much more sturdy. They include full extension drawers that he guarantees for life, including a big, deep pot holder drawer that gets real heavy when full. He is a true craftsman.

Anyways, I started thinking about having him make some custom cabinets for me to store my DF. I know custom made wooden cabinets like this would be expensive, but then thought about how much I have invested in DF, and then figured it probably would make sense. Then, I thought about maybe coming up with a "modular" design that would allow me to "add" as my collection increases, and also allow him to to sell cabinets like what he would make for me over the internet (he doesn't do the internet, I'd be helping him out on that end). I was thinking of pieces that would be small enough to ship without too much trouble, and allow a small amount of customization. What I came up with was a two-piece idea. One module that would be 4 drawers, 2 of which would be 2 1/4" deep, one that would be 4 1/4" deep (for 4by4 tiles or tall pieces) and one that would be 2 3/4" deep, with a "lift out" bottom, that would allow you to make a DF build in the drawer, and pull the whole thing out on a "false bottom" like piece of wood that rests in the shelf. That would allow you to make the build, store it in the drawer, and pull it out at "surprise time" in a game. The other module would be a display-like module that would have a full-front glass door that would open left-right (or vice versa), and allow two shelves that could tilt to a small degree (in increments using notches), allowing you to build DF layouts on the shelves and see them easily. Both of these modules are deep from front to back (at 21"), so you could do decent DF displays on these shelves. There would also be a "base skirt" to rest on the floor that you could sit either piece in, and a "top" that you could put on either piece, to give the stack an overall look of a single cabinet. The idea then is that you build your own cabinet... two drawer sets and a display, one drawer set and two displays, 5 drawer sets if you had a high ceiling and a ladder... whatever! They would have holes/dowels to seat modules on each other, and when stacked, with the base and top, would look like a beautiful storage/display cabinet.

In my preliminary talks with him, we both wanted to keep something like this simple... thus only having two modules. We talked about two types of wood... maple and oak, with maple versions being a little more expensive. He can work with any wood, but there are certain types that give more trouble than others (he is the expert, not me!).

I showed him my DF collection, mainly so he could see how heavy it would be collectively (I have alot of resin DF), and he is sure he can use hardware that would be able to handle the load for the drawers, even using full extension.

We came up with the dimensions of basically 38 1/2 by 21 inches, as I wanted these to be around the size of the steel cabinets I have seen on the internet. Given the drawer depths, the total height of a 4-drawer module would be 21 1/4". You could stack 3 and still be pretty usable, though I think 2 and a display would be best. The display would be 36" in height.

All of these sizes, numbers... everything, are just ideas at this point. What I am curious to see is what interest would there be in these forums for buying something like this. They would be expensive for sure, but they would certainly be furniture grade. I don't have prices at this point, and whatever price he did it for me initially may not be a repeatable price once he actually made one. I know he would honor whatever estimate he gave me, but he wouldn't know what he could actually charge for additional units until he actually made one. I am very likely going to do this, so at some point he would have a firm price that he could honor for future builds.

Anyways, post if you have interest... and post if you have suggestions on how to improve what I am trying to design. Before I have him do this, I would like to crowd source a little for design ideas.

Unfortunately, I doubt the international gang would be interested, as I am sure shipping would be crazy. But I'd love input on design... we have some very bright die-hard collectors on this forum that live overseas!
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Re:Sending out Feelers for a Storage Idea 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
If you do a search for storage cabinet or storage closet here on the forums you will see my posts with pictures among many more ideas on storage.
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Re:Sending out Feelers for a Storage Idea 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Sounds like a smaller and more modular version of Geek Chic's "Keep". Which means it sounds like a pretty good idea to me. I doubt I'd get much use out of the lift out drawer bottom, but it's a cool idea for sure.
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Re:Sending out Feelers for a Storage Idea 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Actually, I gave him photos of The Keep to help explain what I was after. It won't have the Japanese style shelves in the display area... I wanted big basic shelves to display DF creations by resin set. But yeah, the Keep was pretty much part of the inspiration.

And, it won't cost anything close to the near-$8,000 price tag either.
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