Thanks for the kind words, SLO. The most difficult part was the planning, the worst was the blisters from the screwdriver and the hardest work was putting the boxes on the shelves as all the rest was like putting a large jigsaw together. Phase 2 has me scratching my head a bit though, I know how I'd like it to be but need to work out the easiest & simplest way for me to get the result I'm looking for.
What is phase 2? A second room? Another shelving unit.
This is still such an impressive build and display. Love it.
The next phase is the lower level beneath the long shelving, I'm planning a full width low level unit with sliding doors, drawers, space for speakers at each end so I can then place other audio items on top that will have enough clearance to the lowest shelf already fitted.
The cunning plan is to convert two items of furniture into a single unit. I have an electrical socket in this area (under the lowest shelf) so whatever design I settle with with be a tight squeeze with little room for error. For the sliding doors part I bought a low level 1960's piece of furniture from a charity shop and the drawers will be taken from an old drawer unit given to me. All I really need to make is the housing for the drawers (all four drawers will be side-by-side) then place the low level unit on top along with a speaker housing (simple box construction) at each end. Once a full width counter type top is in place over it, it ought to look pretty good (gulp!). All this has to be a maximum of 2ft (600mm) high as that's all the space I have before reaching the wall socket - it's a tight squeeze!
Today I came to the conclusion that I need to make three modifications to the long shelves:
1) Insert an extra shelf support bracket at each end of every shelf.
The mistake I made was to place the end bracket at the same spacing from the 'edge/end' wall' the same distance as the other brackets are apart when, in fact, the distance should have been 50% of the bracket spacing from the 'end wall'.
2) Take 1/8"-1/4" (3mm-5mm) off the end of each shelf to allow space for any cables or wiring (antennas, lighting, speaker cables etc.).
3) Cut a central notch out of the rear of each shelf for an FM antenna to pass through to the audio items to be placed on the low-level unit.
I had thought of this previously but had forgotten when I found myself being carried away by the excitement of making the shelves.
I want to get this first phase right before I commence Phase 2 otherwise there'll be too much stuff in the way but I am definitely not looking forward to hauling all the BB's off the shelves to make the modifications needed (sigh) but I will be pleased once this is done as it's a) needed and b) worthwhile.