Castle cleanup parts bin

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Blog entry by hairy posted 05-29-2012 02:10 PM 2983 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The nicest thing you could say about this is low budget. 2×4’s and plywood, screws, glue and nails. It’s basically frame and panel construction , without the panels.

The only Before pic I can show is #3 in my workshop.. I had been using a USB hard drive as storage. It no longer works, now most of my pics are gone.

My storage for hardware and assorted junk has always been jars and coffee cans, that hasn’t changed. I finally have them all in one place. I can move it out of my way when needed. This could also work for tools, turning blanks, or whatever you need.

I ran the stock through the jointer and planer, then cut tongue and groove joints on the table saw.

I glued the stiles and rails, got the assembly square, and nailed the joints with an air nailer. Cleats are glued and screwed to the inside, and plywood just lays on the cleats.

It seems to be working the way I hoped it would. It’s open enough to see everything, and strong enough to hold anything that will fit. 24” x 24” x 48” high.

On the surface it looks like I’m just adding more stuff to a confined space. All the cans and jars that were on the shelves are now on the cart. Other stuff has taken their place on the shelves. But that’s the whole point. I just stuffed another 10 lbs. into a 5 lb. sack.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 03:47 PM

Seems as tho it will be good n stout.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 04:00 PM


Very sturdy mobile rack, clever idea. When we accumulate too much ‘stuff’, we need mobility to accomodate the small spaces.

Have you given any thought to building a Treadle Lathe, powdered by that Stair-Stepper exerciser?
You could have your assistant do a complete workout while you do your turnings each morning. ;-)
...just kidding. :-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 04:06 PM

I have a small shop as well love the bin I need to build one as well. looks good

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 11:49 AM

One heck-of-a-rack Hairy. That’ll hold anything ya put on it. Handy, dandy. Good luck on the castle cleanup contest.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 12:25 PM

hairy love the rack .very good idea ,you can see every thing thats on it at a glance with out digging around like as in a cabinet.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 07:02 PM


That’s a COOL portable Parts Bin…

And a very Simple method of construction!

I am running out of FLOOR SPACE!
I do have some units that could be Replaced with your type of cart…
... it would sure be more efficient than what I have now! LOL

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 07:06 PM

very cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 06-08-2012 09:20 AM

Winner of our Castle Clean-up “To Your Health” and “Great Ideas Factor” trophies!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 06-08-2012 03:26 PM

Way to go Hairy. Nice cart and I like the way you made it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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