|Project by Elizabeth||posted 08-19-2014 06:16 PM||1917 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
I have a white shelving unit in my shop and the bottom two shelves are covered with little scraps of plywood that I have salvaged from either my own projects or the craft center’s free scrap pile at the local university. I decided I would like to have my shelves back for storing other things, so when the plan for this Scrap Sorter came along in an e-newsletter from Wood Magazine, I decided to give it a try.
The idea of this sorter is that each cubby is a different depth. The top one is 6”, then 8” is below it, then 10” and so on down to 14”. Additionally, there are two longer cubbies with openings on the top of the sorter. One is the entire height of the unit (about 34 inches if I recall correctly) and the other ends up with a sort of stepped effect thanks to butting up against the smaller cubbies. You can sort your scraps by seeing which cubby it fits into best and putting it there, and then if you know you need a piece that is, say, 10-12 inches, you know which cubby to go for to find it.
I was able to build nearly the whole thing from scrap pieces itself. I did end up buying a half sheet of plywood from someone at a garage sale because I didn’t have scrap pieces large enough to make the two side panels. The screws came from an estate sale, a big box for a dollar. The most expensive part was the wheels – $3 each at Harbor Freight.
The plan as written doesn’t give dimensions for the screw placements, so I had to work that out based on the part dimensions. It actually missed out showing screws at all on one of the vertical pieces, but the article states that they used no glue (nor did I). The plan also calls for poplar wood banding around the edges, but I decided to skip that, and adjusted the plywood dimensions accordingly.
A right angle clamp is very useful for assembly of this unit. I assembled the L-shape smaller cubby pieces first, then arranged all of the innards on their side and attached them together, then put one of the side pieces on top and attached it, then flipped the thing over and did the back, bottom and other side.
If anyone else would like to try this out, the plan is available from woodmagazine.com along with plans for a wall mounted lumber rack and large plywood sheet storage.