Upcoming projects and designs. #9: Taunted by cut offs, and needing small parts bin dividers.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-04-2010 05:15 PM 1116 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know the title doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Welcome to my world!

Well as followers of my blogs know, I am doing some heavy duty clean up, as well as organizing my shop. Well last night during what time I could eke out for shop time, I managed to un-bury a couple of 29.5×24” 3/4 sanded SYP ply cutoffs. This was the stuff I used for my tool stacker. Now given that the overall dimensions desired for my upcoming small parts / router accessories cabinet is 32” W x 28” H X 16” deep, well I know I won’t get a whole lot of grain matching going on, but at least I have the material for the sides… So I have more or less finalized the design for the cabinet, I need more ply, and some peg board to finish it up, but once done, it will provide a home for 2 of my current 3 Stack On small parts bins. The main drawback I can see to using them is… They are both dead flat, and I need to make a jointing sled for my planer (have some 10” wide stock I need to fact joint, which is needless to say, WAY beyond the capacity of my bench top jointer…)

Speaking of the small parts bins, the 3rd is the older style with the hard plastic bins and the bins are starting to break apart, I tried getting a replacement from Stack On but they have been useless, so I consolidated. and I now have a 38 out of 39 drawer parts bin. I am also looking at getting rid of 4 large bin drawers full of roofing nails after I finish up a dog house for Brody the very hyper puppy that needs to mellow out to Shop Dog status, and the sooner the better. But that’s another story all together…

Anyway, I digress. A small project I had considered, especially since my small parts bins seem to only get 1/10th full on the small drawers, is some drawer dividers that Stack On is too cheap to include. but the question is what can I use that is thin enough to slide down the slot given in the drawer. I am thinking about cutting a few out of tempered hardboard, and just sanding down the ends to thickness. It doesn’t have to be beautiful, it just has to work after all…

So anyway, I spent plenty of time last night to clean out the broken drawed cabinet, (Wonder if it would be worth it to anybody to build a drawer for it so they can have a free cabinet? I have plenty of 1/4” ply…) and it’s ready to come off the wall. The design for the new cabinet is printed, and ready to cut.

Well as it is, I have more to do than I have time or money, but that’s the story of my life… I’ll just plug away and keep doing what I can do. With any luck maybe somebody will chuck out some more plywood. (it happens in my neighborhood, a LOT…) and then I can build this thing full from scrap (Have the peg board in my cutoffs I think…)

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 11:34 PM

You probably need some thin acrylic. Over the years I have built things from baking pans (thin aluminum ones). Just to brain storm… thin will your band saw cut reliably? You could try wooden ones, but I not too optimistic about that.

Do you have any melamine sheets, you know, the stuff you glue onto wood, like you might use to cover a router table top. Is that thin enough? If so, you could probably stack a number of small pieces and cut a bunch at once with the band saw. I think that is the best idea I can come up with, partly because a have a large sheet of it, ready to be used on jigs or a router table, for example.

Another source…....walk into Office Depot or someplace similar, and see if any of the loose leaf three ring notebook dividers are made from plastic that would be rigid enough. There might be other materials in an office store that would work.

Or in a kitchen section of department store, look for things that are cheap and made from material that is thin enough. there are my lame brain ideas…............(-:

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 12:24 AM

Your title made sense to me…should I be worried :-)

Have you tried puck board (I’m not sure what it is called in the rest of the world) but it is the heavy duty plastic they put around hockey rinks to stop stray pucks from picking off the paying customers watching the games in person (not those folks safely behind their television screens, even the Great One’s slapshot couldn’t hit those folks LOL!)

The other thing that leaps to mind is aluminum sheet, its thin light and fairly readily available and cuts dead easy.

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#3 posted 11-05-2010 06:23 AM

Yeah thin acrylic. And it JUST occoured to me where I have plenty of acrylic that is the right thickness… The drawers from the old bin that needs to go away…

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