Reclaimed Douglas Fir structure with plywood shelves…The challenge here was to create a large, attractive workstation with open sides that can support a lot of weight. It sports two adjustable shelves and a special fish food holder across the front. My solution for the back was to use quarter-inch thick dry erase board with circle cut-outs that create a bubble motif visually while maintaining the desired openness and accessibility to cords and switches behind the unit. (I’d noticed that the employees left a ton of sticky notes for each other on their old work station. Now they just write them on the back surface with a dry erase marker.) Legs are welded, clear-coated steel flatbar.
I opted for crafty joinery that offered maximum strength…These 5/16″ thick tabs that are the ends of the shelf caps conceal thick dowels where they set in to the vertical structure. The dowels are also long and penetrate deep into the cross pieces of the structure that support the weight of the shelves.
In progress, minus the legs and other details. The workstation is a stately 7′ wide by 71/2′ tall.
A closer look at the adjustable shelf detailing.