Craft Paper Storage

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Project by Robert Kimmell posted 01-04-2010 09:50 AM 7846 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas present to my wife. She has been looking for a commercial storage system for 12×12 craft paper for years. Short of buying a retail rack, there are none. Living in an apartment, I had to make several trips to my fathers workshop.

I am a beginner woodworker, working mostly with MDF. I started by making a set of DIY speakers with a paper backed veneer.

I used a 45 lock miter router bit to joint the corners. This worked very well, very strong joints that are very easy to clamp. I need to fix a bow in the router table to eliminate a snipe issue, but other than that the joints were straight. If I do another set, I am going to make the dados blind, and use a thinner kerf blade so the hardboard shelves fit tighter, the paper sometimes binds in the loose joint when putting it in. I also think I will add 1/2” extra material in the back to do a concealed french cleat mounting system.

This is also my first attempt at painting MDF. I used BIN primer sprayed by a HVLP. This worked very well, I was able to sand and spray a second coat in 45 minutes. I will definitely use this product again. I then used Bear latex paint over this. I do not have a large needle for the hvlp as recommended, I also did not have the latex extender. I ran into a couple runs when I did not move fast enough, which I had to later sand down. This led to probably 5 coats of paint. It was definitely a learning process on spraying latex.

My wife loves the cabinets, and enlisted me to separate her filing box of random paper into each spot. She now wants two more of them so I have more work to do!

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 10:59 AM

looks good!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 05:21 PM

Something tells me your wife is going to keep you busy building her new things for a while.
Hey, a reason for some new toys.
“Honey, I need this tool to complete your project”.....
Nice Job!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 05:40 PM

very nice. my mom actually asked me to make a similar item to this. What did you make the shelf out of?

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Derek Lyons

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 05:42 PM

My local hobby chain has a storage system for that kind of paper, but that’s not the Lumberjock Way is it? :)

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 05:58 PM

Good Job Robert

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Robert Kimmell

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 06:03 PM


The sides are 3/4 MDF, and the shelves are 1/8” masonite. I have a sketchup and solidworks model if you would like it.

Thanks all of the comments! I am looking forward to working with some hardwood soon, I just graduated with my MS and am still looking for a job, so MDF is all I can afford for now.

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#7 posted 01-05-2010 01:01 PM

Great project – the shelf looks handy and the paper is well organized.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 11:18 PM

good job
and clever start you never have to wory abaut how to sneak in new
tools just said new project for you new tool for me:-)


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#9 posted 01-06-2010 04:33 AM

Great job.

I’m also glad that you found some new design enhancements when you do it again.

Now when you can think of them before you make it, you’ll be on the way to be an expert.

-- 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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#10 posted 01-06-2010 07:11 AM

Nice work… My wife scrapbooks as well and has ungodly large amounts of paper.. Going to have to go another route myself to support it all.

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 08:25 AM


I really don’t think that would be an issue in this design. The shelves could support being full of paper no problem. The only issue is the function of the shelves is to be able to separate the paper to make it easier to find. My wife wants another set just so she can have more categories to separate into.

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