How to remove this shelf?

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Old 05-30-20, 06:27 PM
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How to remove this shelf?

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Iím new here and trying to figure out how to take off this built in shelf, I tried unscrewing it but it is stuck. Anyone know what kind of screw this is and whatís the best way to remove it without breaking the wood? Thank you!!
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Old 05-30-20, 07:18 PM
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Try following the directions in the sticky at the top of the forum for posting photos.
 
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Thank you XSleeper, I was a bit confused with the photo upload too. Here we go, please let me know if anyone has an idea how to remove this screw/ shelf, thank you!!

 
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Old 05-30-20, 11:34 PM
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Its a screw alright, did you remove them to see if the shelf could then be removed?
 
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Sorry but I cannot make out what the screw type is.
Need a better close up.

Looks like a combo type head with slots and either a Robertson or Phillips but need a better picture.
 
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Old 05-31-20, 07:22 AM
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Generally with those knock down fittings you turn that screw 3/4 turn to the left then pull straight out on the shelf. Looks like your typical posi-drive screw to me.

They are similar to this: https://s3.amazonaws.com/eakes-produ...jpg?1546042352
 
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I did try to unscrew it, but it will only rotate about one-turn before it gets stuck. I try to use more force to unscrew it, but it is almost breaking the Philip screw head.

It appears there's some mechanism in the plastic casing that is locking it in place. I guess the question should be - does anyone know what is this round brown plastic screw casing? More close up photos attached. Thank you!!
 
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Old 05-31-20, 02:09 PM
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As XS stated it looks like a knock down unit.

It may come apart with quarter turn but if installed it may not be removable due to installation!

So goes our acceptance of throw away crap made in, what China/Skandinavia?
 
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Is the shelf free to move away from the cam lock after rotating it? If not, the whole cabinet may need to be dismantled to remove the shelf.
 
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I see! Thank you XS and Marq. Yes from the feel of it, it is not removable, it's too bad things are built this way nowadays. This is actually part of a kitchen millwork piece, I was hoping to remove it to make room for a small table. Oh well. Thank you for all your comments
 
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Old 05-31-20, 03:36 PM
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We can't get an idea of what you are trying to do from a couple close-up pictures. We don't know what the ENTIRE piece of furniture looks like or which piece you are trying to remove. The way knock down furniture is assembled, there are a series of steps to assemble it. So if that shelf was part #3 out of 12 parts you have to basically disassemble it to get that part out.

As I said, you turn the screw 3/4 turn. (The screw does not come out, that's not how those fittings work.) It's a cam style fitting that is either open or closed. Turn it to the left 3/4 turn and it's open (not gripping the post anymore so that it will pull off the stud.)

But if it has 2 on each end of your shelf and it's trapped between two sides, you won't 've able to get it apart without disassembling ALL the pieces that hold those two sides together.
 
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Thanks XS, here's a zoom out photo - the TV area is where I want to make it into a little work table. Needless to say, I can't take out that TV bottom drawer and the shelf. From your description, this is probably the end of the assembly (#12 of 13), and that wine rack is the last piece - which feels very much stuck and glued on.

Now I'm considering to add a piece of wood at table height and let it extend out... it is a bit weird though.
 
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Old 06-01-20, 10:56 AM
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Maybe consider leaving it as is and add an extra matching piece for your "table" that slides out and has a keyboard drawer.

That way you could slide it back in and it would look normal once you pushed it in and moved the chair.
 
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Old 06-02-20, 03:38 AM
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Those are called cam fasteners. We build furniture with those fasteners everyday. Very popular with the Sauder line of furniture. Typically they are not meant to be undone.

Is it cheap? Yes. Is it good engineering to make production furniture at a reasonable price? Yes. Once this type of furniture is built it is not meant to be moved or altered. It is what it is.
 
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