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Offline ColossusX

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Best way to make adjustable shelves for a cargo van?
« on: July 27, 2018, 07:37 AM »
I'm still working on outfitting my Ram Promaster.  The initial set of shelves I made to fit my systainers had fixed shelves using Kreg pocket screws. But as my systainers keep multiplying the fixed shelves aren't doing the trick anymore.  Shelf pins dont seem secure enough.  If I use a router, again, how would I keep the shelves from sliding out when I go around a curve. 

Thanks for any advice
Steve

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Best way to make adjustable shelves for a cargo van?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 11:50 AM »
You could use the 5mm shelf pins like this from Home Depot.  This will allow you to screw the pin to the shelf to provide stability. 
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Offline cubevandude

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Re: Best way to make adjustable shelves for a cargo van?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 12:54 PM »
Look at an older stereo cabinet.  They put a groove in the shelf and pin fits in the groove.  It also hides the shelf pin.

Offline cblanton42

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Re: Best way to make adjustable shelves for a cargo van?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 02:18 PM »
cubevandude:
Freakin' brilliant! (and so simple)!

Offline ColossusX

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Re: Best way to make adjustable shelves for a cargo van?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 08:46 PM »
Ended up doing this.  1 1/8" wide cleats spaced every 2 inches. Then a 1x2 block to keep the shelves in.

Offline gunnyr

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Re: Best way to make adjustable shelves for a cargo van?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 09:41 PM »
I did exactly as @Sparktrician suggests.  I put a pan head screw up through the front two shelf brackets into the shelf.  The screws keep the shelf in place, my shelves are routed out for the Systainer feet so the systainer stays put.  For the Sortainers I screwed a little block in front to hold them in place.

 
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