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Beer flows through my living room wall - Album on Imgur. 11 Designs for Organizing with Shelves. Large shelving systems along a wall are great for storage, but there's not always space for such a system.

11 Designs for Organizing with Shelves

In these situations, a smaller wall-mounted shelf can still be helpful to hold books, display a collection, and much more. The Agnes wall-mounted shelves, designed by Sarah Kay and Andrea Stemmer, allow the user to display items of varying depths. However, there’s no flexibility to adjust the height of the shelves; they either work for the user as-is, or not. Enter a caption (optional) Insert Coin, designed by Neuland Industriedesign for Nils Holger Moormann, provides the user with some flexibility. Mark Righter at Cambium Studio created these slippery shelves which take care of the “tall items” problem by allowing the users to slide the shelves as far to each side as they like; the shelves slide through a dovetail in the back. Scrap To Swank: Turn Pallets Into A Beautiful Desk.

Recycling pallets into something else useful is nothing new, but this desk, inspired by bowling lanes and butcher blocks, is, well, inspired.

Scrap To Swank: Turn Pallets Into A Beautiful Desk

The top is made entirely out of recycled pallets found around a college campus. As this desk is for college, the creator estimates he will move “23 more times before I’m done,” so the legs were bought from IKEA in order to be “easy and non-destructive.” Like many projects here, this desk is a testament to the cool things that can be done with the proper woodworking knowledge and equipment. The boards were first separated from the pallet by cutting pieces between the support members. This was easier than prying out all of the nails, and helped keep the wood intact. In the end, after two coats of satin polyurethane and a pre-stain conditioner, the desk looks really beautiful. View All [via Imgur] Jeremy Cook Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University.

Sapele Hardwood Pipe Desk - Album on Imgur. Chapter 3: Electrochemistry. A solar cell is a device for converting energy from the sun into electricity.

Chapter 3: Electrochemistry

The high-efficiency solar cells you can buy at Radio Shack and other stores are made from highly processed silicon, and require huge factories, high temperatures, vacuum equipment, and lots of money. If we are willing to sacrifice efficiency for the ability to make our own solar cells in the kitchen out of materials from the neighborhood hardware store, we can demonstrate a working solar cell in about an hour. Our solar cell is made from cuprous oxide instead of silicon. Cuprous oxide is one of the first materials known to display the photoelectric effect, in which light causes electricity to flow in a material. Thinking about how to explain the photoelectric effect is what led Albert Einstein to the Nobel prize for physics, and to the theory of relativity. Materials you will need The solar cell is made from these materials: A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store.

How to build the solar cell Bookshelves. We tend to have mental images of how things should be.


A bookshelf has horizontal shelves and vertical dividers. Really? It seems nobody mentioned that to the designers of these bookshelves. Log Bookshelf We’ve collected unique and stylish bookshelves perfect for your home. Click on any image to start lightbox display. You’ll find the full details of these unique and stylish bookshelves for your home here: If you liked these, you will also like viewing other home storage ideas… A Sound-Reactive RGB LED Bookshelf. What can a guy that has a 5000-volume library complete with a 1930’s era pipe organ (see around 2:20 in the video below) do to enhance his reading space?

A Sound-Reactive RGB LED Bookshelf

I’m not sure what my answer would be, but for Craig Landrum, the answer was to build a sound-reactive shelving unit. Not only does it react to the sound’s volume, it uses a Fast Fourier Transform to separate out the frequencies observed. This means that one shelf can react to a high-pitched note, while another would react to a lower pitched note. The shelves are controlled by a really professional-looking panel made out of powder coated aluminum, purchased from a company called Front Panel Express. The status dispaly on the top shows the different frequencies coming into the shelves, and other selectors control whether the shelf is on, as well as different options.

I’ve used a service to manufacture powder coated parts while working as an engineer. Jeremy Cook.