In setting up my workspace I decided to convert a computer desk I was using into a workable Perfumer’s Organ that could store up to 800 X 15 ml bottles. Although there are over 3000 unique aroma material possible, an 800 bottle Perfumer’s Organ should serve me well for many years. :o)

I considered building a tradition perfumer’s organ…

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….or store them on glass shelves like the classroom at GIP. Fine for a teaching room, but not really useful when sitting at a desk if you have to keep jumping up and down to get your material. However… you can easily see and find a label on a bottle.

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Here are a few other ideas I ruminated on. (not including the wig and handkerchief, LOL)

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As I thought over the years about a workspace and searched for other methods of storage, and ease of use, I  realised I could store far more bottles on skinny vertical shelves, have them readily available at my finger tips,… AND I would be able to see ALL the labels. My concept would also allow me a convenient way to sort into categories.

My criteria for my Perfumer’s Organ:

  1. Hold at least 400 hundred(or more) 15ml bottles that contained the 1%-10% dilution I work with.
  2. The bottles needed to be within reach without getting up from the desk.
  3. I must be able to read each label without any obstruction.
  4. It must be neat and orderly, with the ability to “file” into categories.
  5. Be asthetically pleasant to work with and look at.

SO…

I already owned a well build closing and lockable computer desk. The desk had large spaces defined for computer hardware, printers, keyboards, and supplies. Not the best for storing hundreds of bottles that could be easily located.

My concept was to remove the side shelves on the existing unit and replace them with 10 vertical sliding shelves, like I had seen in the labs.

Here is the original desk: The bottom part also opens up.

The original closed computer desk.

The original closed computer desk.

The original computer desk with 2 shelves each side of the centre area.

The original computer desk with 2 shelves each side of the centre area.

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Original manufacture picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to use sanded clear pine for my sliding shelves.

It is a nice soft wood, easy to cut, reasonable price and readily available in Canada. …. and it smells GREAT when it goes through the table saw. LOL

Once the measuring was done and the concept laid out on paper, and a jig created, all that was left to do was a LOT of cutting.

Preparing and cutting pine stock.

Preparing and cutting clear pine stock.

Running the 100 bottle shelves through the table saw.

Running the100 bottle shelves through the table saw to make the grove that the bottles will sit in.

Each shelf required to be routed out the to fit the perfume organ bottles.

Each shelf is required to be routed out so the bottles stay on their shelf.

 

Next was a lot of assembly and glueing. It is great to have another set of hands and my son helped me with sanding, cutting and assembly. My daughter also assisted with the staining of the shelves. It is amazing how many surfaces there are in a project like this. When you start staining… you find out!

Each shelf inserted and glued into the side stiles.

Each shelf inserted and glued into the side stiles.

Having your kind children assist in the building and staining helps moves the process along.

Having your kind children assist in the building and staining helps moves the process along.

A test of a bottle on the shelf.

A test of a bottle on the assembled shelf.

 

Drawer rail attached to the top of the bottle shelf.

Drawer rail attached to the top of the bottle shelf allowing the shelf to easily be pulled out when fully loaded.

Drawer rail attached to the top of the shelf unit.

Drawer rail attached to the top of the shelf unit.

 

 

And finally the vertical shelves, each inserted into the left and right of the cabinet. Each vertical shelf has 10 shelves, holding 8 bottles each. There are 10 shelf units in total so that is 800 bottles, stored neatly away, ready when I need them.

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All five shelves fitted and pushed fully into the perfume organ.

All five right hand shelves fitted and pushed fully into the perfume organ.

 

And….here are some pictures of the final workspace, once everything was stained, installed and loaded with materials. Of course the doors still close and everything is locked away safely.

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Perfumer’s Organ Desk

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Complete work area with large IKEA shelves either side of the desk for large bottles, and undiluted materials, and storage. Computer to the right with charts, etc.

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Close up of desk with two of the vertical shelves pulled out.

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Type of bottle I use for my Perfumer’s Organ.

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