Since I’m sure most of you are far better organized than me, this quickie shop project will likely be of little interest. In my shop, I’m fortunate to have a lot of drawers, but over the years they’ve become so cluttered and disorganized that I frequently have one of those, “I know it’s here somewhere” moments. Each time I do, I think about making drawer dividers – then I get busy on something else and forget it.
Yesterday at Lowe’s, I found 4’ x 8’ sheets of 1/8” tempered hardboard for $7.00 per sheet, and finally decided to get started on the dividers. The drawer shown below is in a heavy-duty, 10-drawer file cabinet I bought used from a hospital some fourteen years ago. It provides great storage for all types of hardware and other odds and ends.
The toughest part was deciding on compartment size and location. I think this design will work pretty well, but the next one will likely be a different layout. Notice that I put a 1/4” x 2” high strip of wood down each side of the drawer as a runner for a future 2nd level of storage. That might either be a lift-out tray or a half-drawer sliding tray. The divider strips themselves are 1-3/4” high, and are put together with half-laps cut with a 1/8” blade (a perfect fit). I put a couple of scrap pieces of white plastic laminate on the bottom of the drawer to make things easier to see. Everything is only ‘snug-fit’, and nothing is glued or otherwise fastened.
The 4’ x 8’ sheet of hardboard will provide enough material for at least seven similar drawers, so at a buck per drawer, it’s a pretty cheap organizer.
-- Dave O.