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    Display Carts

    As you most likely have heard, or can imagine, space is a very expensive commodity here in Tokyo. Retail space is NOT to be wasted. In front of our open case display fridges, we had some space, so we put some boxes of products there, this led to the boxes being placed on upside down club soda cases, to get the boxes off the floor. This whole thing just kind evolved over time, there was no real plan.

    This is how it looked.......





    ... yes, it did not look to pretty, but sometimes that is not the first thing on your mind in a retail business.

    One day my lovely wife looked at that and said to me "Could you make some kind of cart that would hold the product on top, but have some space below for extra stock?" Of course I said "Sure thing sweetie!" and then I started to think about it. I wanted the carts to be strong but simple and to take up a little less floor space too, as I don't like all this stuff sitting on the floor, I think it clutters up the shop.

    This is what I came up with.....







    This is nothing great when it comes to cabinet work, just simple function, but I made them good and stout, they are made from 18mm solid core plywood, paint grade for sure, but all dadoed together, glued and stapled. I filled in the staple holes and used some wood filler stuff on the edges of the plywood, then sanded, and a couple of coats of left over paint from the Aparto II job and I was done. There are some small casters under the carts, as the switch for the lights of the open case fridges are behind the carts.

    I'm sure that the Monster-In-Law will hate them, but my lovely wife is pleased, so the Monster-In-Law can pound sand

    Sometimes small simple projects like this can be very rewarding!
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    If the MIL hates those, well she would have to have a hard heart. Those look way better than the upside down crates and serve the purpose much better.
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    Nice solution. They look strong and look good too.
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    Why didn't those shelves just have a floor/bottom shelf in them? What is behind the metal plate from their bottom shelf to the floor?
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    Looks Great Stu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Why didn't those shelves just have a floor/bottom shelf in them? What is behind the metal plate from their bottom shelf to the floor?
    All the various bits that make it a fridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    This is nothing great when it comes to cabinet work, just simple function, .....
    That is what make them great!
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    You saved yourself at least 700-1000 dollars(USD) for custom display units.
    Id say they are very nice cabinets that not only saved you a fortune, but will pay for themselves in a short time, not to mention how much nicer and more professional, organized and convenient they are then milk crates.

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    I only asked Stu because I saw the open shelves and didn't think there should be cooler units under it. I agree with everyone else, so much nicer looking. Bet they won't collect near the dust. But on the other token, will they allow air movement for the cooler units behind them so they don't overheat?
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    Thanks everyone for the kind comments!

    Staying true to form, the Monster-In-Law asked why I wasted time and money building these new carts, just a waste of both, the other set up was fine, also she has decided that they are dangerous, because in a big earthquake they can roll across the floor and hit someone What an idiot!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    I only asked Stu because I saw the open shelves and didn't think there should be cooler units under it. I agree with everyone else, so much nicer looking. Bet they won't collect near the dust. But on the other token, will they allow air movement for the cooler units behind them so they don't overheat?
    The unit for heat exchange is outside, so there is no problem with airflow!
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