Adjustable Cutoff bin

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Project by Wingstress posted 1655 days ago 3389 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend I made a simple cutoff bin and wasn’t going to post it, but in the end it was kind of creative so I thought someone might want to use the idea. I had been wanting to make an adjustable cutoff bin for a while, but I didn’t want to spend any money. I had a bunch of 18”X48” cutoffs of T1-11 from when I made my shed last summer. When I was at an estate sale, I found four 2.5” castors for $10. Then the idea came to me – Use the grooves in the T1-11 for the dividers. I ended up just eye-balling everything. It took no time at all. Then I took some 1/4” plywood and cut them as dividers that slide into the slots. As you can see in the second picture, its so easy my kids could adjust it. Of course I let them paint it and then help me sort all my cutoffs. It turned into an awesome Saturday afternoon with my kids in the shop…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 1655 days ago

Very cool, I have been trying to decide if I should make one and by seeing yours it really makes me want to start making one. Mostly because I have so many little scraps all over my workshop. Very good job.

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#2 posted 1655 days ago

Very clever bin. Great way to spend time with the little ones. Believe me that passes way too fast.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 1655 days ago

according to the pics, looks like the kids built this one…. great job…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 1655 days ago

Great idea

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1654 days ago

Great idea, good job and I see you’re getting the kids involed that is good as long as they stay away from running tools.

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#6 posted 1654 days ago

The best part is, you had some good helpers! I have to do all my work myself.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 1654 days ago

Some cutoff that need storage. $0
Material to build cutoff Storage. $10
Bonding with the kids in the shop. Priceless !

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 1654 days ago

Great pics. Great looking kids! Great idea!!

You know what the true problem with you LumberJocks is?? You have an unlimited ability to cost me money AND cost me time :-)

Might have to build me one of these (-:

Though … I have to wonder … am I really ready to replace the totally chaotic double-walled corrugated dishpack boxes?? Uh … probably!

[I tried a left-handed smiley face … in Honor of JimBertelson!]

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 1653 days ago

Coo; idea….....sure beats my half barrel cut off bin

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 1642 days ago

Great bin, l have been looking for a simular plan, l think yours would be ok for me have dozens of cut off’s make my shop look junky. I just wish my 4 kids were that size again, those were best days of my life when they were small so many great memories.Two moved out twice and both back again, but hey don’t mind at all.
Did you make any dado’s or was the T1-11 deep enough?
For sure a great day with your kids lucky you lol.

-- jim

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#11 posted 1637 days ago

Thanks for the comments everyone. Its funny because its been in my shop a couple weeks now and I have already stopped myself from cutting into large pieces of wood because I’ve been able to find a cutoff that would work. Now I don’t cut anything without a quick look over in the bin.

Jim Reeves – The dados were deep enough. The only thing I had to do was cut the tongues, but it was really easy. To set the depth of cut, I just put the T1-11 over the blade and raised it until it hit the bottom of the slot. Then after cutting the boards to length I just made 3/4 passes with a standard blade to cut the tongue.

The back or smooth side of the T1-11 was another story. I didn’t want to make a bunch of dados so I took the triangle “scrap” cutoff and cross cut on both sides of the existing dado creating a section of wood about 1-1.5” wide with the dado already in the center. Then I just lined it up with the groove on the other side of the panel and screwed it down. No measuring – just eyeballed it.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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Jim Reeves

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#12 posted 627 days ago

This reminds of my kids when that age such great memories great bin to

-- jim

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