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Project by ellen35 posted 02-28-2009 11:51 PM 5184 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this wood scrap box today. It is a pretty basic box with a compartment in the back for larger stock. I was quite tired of all the cardboard and plastic boxes full of scraps that I could never find. It is made out of less than 2 sheets of good quality plywood and some 1×4 pine. It is also on 6 casters and moves easily. The only problem (if indeed it is a problem!) is that it is nearly full already! I guess I’ll have to make something else! Thanks for checking this out! LJ is a phenomenal website with such a wonderful variety of skill levels on so many projects. I feel honored to be able to post here.
Ellen

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





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Paul

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 12:10 AM

Good idea, my scraps look like scrap!

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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lou

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 12:15 AM

nice job.how do you store your longer boards?

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ellen35

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 12:18 AM

on a rack on the wall…I try to keep them all short????
I really try to buy/scrounge what I need and keep a few nice pieces around at all times.

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

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Bureaucrat

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 12:28 AM

Thanks for posting this Ellen. I tried to address the scrap issue about a year ago. I made the cart so that I could store many lengths on it, though they were stacked horizontally. I am able to put 3 sheets of 3/4 in 4xB stock on the back of my unit.
I have been very disappointed with my solution. #1. It will hold so much weight that I couldn’t move it easily. In fact, I ended up having to buy heavier casters for it since the fully loaded cart squashed the originals. #2 Storing stock horizontally has all the problems of piling stock on the floor; have to sort through the pile and then the pile falls over.
Long enough story shorter, I’m looking for a new solution and I will probably do something similar to your solution.
Again, thanks for the post.

-- Gary

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TimberGal

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 02:29 AM

Great idea Ellen!! I’ve been thinking about a mobile lumber rack for smaller pieces and like your design. Actually just stacked our hardwood scraps on top of the Azek decking from our unfinished deck project – weather got a little too cold too soon this year. But the space looks like it’ll be the “official” lumber storage spot in our garage and your cart might just fill the bill!

Also like your workbench in the one photo. What do you have on the top of that bench?? I’m thinking about using an old solid door but wanted to use something expendable on top that I could flip after a while.

Thanks for some great ideas and nice work!

-- TG - - - - Keep the power flowing!!

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 02:39 AM

It’s perfect! I love how it looks with the diverse collection of woods stacked neatly in it, too. You’re inspiring me to get off my butt right now to go use the last ~3.5 hours of this Saturday to work on my own scrap holder. I’ve been going with a similar idea, but imagine the back edge of your box as the top, which each lower shelf less deep than the one above it. 3 cubbies in all, like yours, though I’m going to have stepped instead of ramped sides. I’m out of floor space, so I can’t go with this nice rolling idea. I’m putting the bigger shelves up top so I don’t bang my head, and so I can easily see the shorter ones beneath them without having to climb over the bottom ones. No idea if it’ll work.

Thanks for the inspiration! Also, my plan is to see what I have too much of, when my rack starts getting full, and come up with a project based on those, to help cull the pile back down – thin the herd, if you will.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 03-01-2009 02:44 AM

Another mobile workshop helper. Great idea and a very helpful post.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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prez

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#8 posted 03-01-2009 03:15 AM

Doesn’t matter how many or how big your lumber racks are….you will “always” fill them and need more space!!! We LJ’s just can’t get around to throwing anything out! “I’ll need that piece…someday!” but its nice to be a little organized.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#9 posted 03-01-2009 04:22 AM

fantastic… I’ll eventually set something up like that- when I have the space to keep it :)

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

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#10 posted 03-01-2009 05:10 AM

That is a great idea! I need to make two because I have too much wood for one and too much metal can go in the other :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Kate

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#11 posted 03-01-2009 05:49 AM

Hey Ellen,

Looks great. I think I need a couple just like it!

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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#12 posted 03-02-2009 03:28 AM

Ellen, Looks good thanks for posting and thanks for some ideas to deal with that ever growing pile.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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degoose

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#13 posted 04-16-2009 08:34 AM

I would likely need a dozen of these due to the amount of off cuts I make..almost as much as the sawdust I create
Very utilitarian! Currently using plastic milk crates.

Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 04-16-2009 12:48 PM

This is really a nice way to organize your off cuts, Ellen. It keeps them segregated according to size and lets you store them vertically which make it easier to sort through them.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Jay Neale III

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#15 posted 05-22-2009 09:37 PM

Very nice. I need one of these, but only the cut-off storage side and it can’t be mobile. There’s just no room to roll it in my shop.

-- Read my amazingly insightful blog at http://jn3Woodworks.blogspot.com/

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