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Blog entry by Woodwrecker posted 06-05-2011 06:46 AM 7131 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone.

I was trying to figure out a way to store some of my fasteners and small parts which lead me to construct this.

Take some Dollar Store baking pans, some scrap wood, and a little routing, sanding & painting and problem solved. I then use my label maker to identify what is in each pan. I’m still sorting things out, but so far it’s worked great. You can take the one you need to your work area and bring it back when you’re done.

I don’t think it’ll win any design awards; in fact I think I remember seeing it in an old book some where.
But it only took an afternoon and was fun to make.
I’ve been doing work just outside the garage door because it’s been really nice out.

It takes up less then one square foot of bench space and can be built as high as you like.
I limited my to 27” because it’s going under a shelf over my bench.

I just thought I’d throw it out there for anyone facing a similar storage issue.

Please excuse some of the pictures, my camera is throwing a fit lately. ;)

Hope you like it & thanks a bunch.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 07:29 AM

I like that! Well done!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 07:45 AM

me too

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 07:57 AM

Taking the time time to do something cool like that would free up about 12feet of poorly organized and ridiculously scattered area in my space…but how can I do it not squared…...?

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 11:40 AM

It is a really cool project! I love to see so many of your organizational ideas. They are really nice. I also like that you paint them nicely to finish them and that everything you have been making is the same color. I know that may not matter to some, but it makes the shop look overall neat and professional. Getting the pans from the dollar store is a great idea. It beats the heck out of spending big bucks at the hardware store. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 01:27 PM

What a perfect match for your lathe table! You will soon have matched “furniture” in your shop!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 02:00 PM

That’s a neat idea! (My wife is going to be wondering what happened to all her baking pans.)

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 03:09 PM

Very nice Eric.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 04:12 PM

Sure beats the heck out of those little plastic drawers that are never big enough to hold anything!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 06-05-2011 05:35 PM

like that ideal now the time to make one

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 12:52 AM

Well done, Eric.

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#11 posted 06-06-2011 02:20 AM

looks good.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 06-06-2011 12:30 PM

Great idea! I may have to steal this and make some personal mods so I can hang it on a wall.

-- Tim Taylor - GLT Woodworks

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#13 posted 06-06-2011 04:03 PM

Eric; Toatally sweet soution! I could use about 6 of these!

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