Shop Storage #4: Sandpaper Storage

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 01-30-2012 12:21 AM 3663 reads 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Who has enough, right? I’ve been in need of sandpaper storage for a long time. I must have 20 different designs in CAD that I’ve made, none of which I really cared for. So the last design I came up with I decided that no mater what, I was going to stop obsessing over the “perfect” design and just build something.

Nothing special but it has some “flexibility” that I like. Each drawer can be “reconfigured” by moving the dividers around. It still needs drawer fronts and and a coat of finish. I may yet still get it finished this weekend but I doubt it. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

I did drill holes in the bottoms of the drawers so that I could push the paper up from the bottom to get a better grip on it, but now I don’t think that was necessary. There seems to plenty of extra room to get my hands in there to pull out the paper.

8 totals drawers, 7 for paper storage and one “double” drawer for bits and pieces, sanding blocks, etc.


Full Sheets:

1/2 Sheets:

1/4 Sheets

and 5” Rounds:

(Click the pictures for larger versions.)

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 12:27 AM

That’s really nice!! I’m in need of the same thing!! Great idea and planning!!

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 12:34 AM

Another project on my veeeeery looong “To-Do List”. Thanks alot!

No, really, thanks for posting a well designed solution to MY storage needs. Great Job!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 12:35 AM

Versatile storage. Sweet !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 12:42 AM

Y’all are giving me way too much credit but thank you.

I designed it to hold full sheets and 5” rounds, the 1/2 and 1/4 sheet storage was a happy accident. I wish I had designed the case with better joinery. The case is assembled with simple butt joints. A rebate joint would have made assembly easier.

Thanks for the kind word.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 01:52 AM

Great work, really nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 07:15 PM

Looks like really good storage system to me. I wish I could say that about mine!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 03:22 AM

If anyone is interested, I upload some sketches in pdf format to my web sit. I really tried to design it as simple as I could. I tried to keep the dimensions as “even” as possible and also be able to mass produce the parts. The beauty of the design is that if you want more, or less, drawers just add 2 inches for each additional drawer.

I did end up having to shave down the top drawer. I had a little error creep in and the top drawer ended up being a little shorter than the rest.


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#8 posted 02-17-2012 07:01 AM

Nice job bud, that storage cabinet looks awesome!

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