Adjustable Cutoff Bin - Ver 2.0

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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-18-2010 12:32 AM 3884 views 40 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been thinking of building a cutoff bin for a long time and finally I came up with a version that offers more flexibility from what I saw up to now. Since my scrap pile is in constant evolution, I wanted to have a bin that would help organize the cutoffs effectively yet being big enough to hold as much wood as possible in a small space.

As shown on the attached photos, my bin has a fixed center divider and 6 optionnal dividers that I can add or remove in the blink of an eye (thanks to the 12 stopped dadoes).

The bin is made out of a one full sheet of 3/4” plywood and the 4” wide dividers are made from scrap wood. The added handle at each end are from 2X3 scraps.

For more details and a cutting diagram, visit the Workshop Gallery of my website.



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#1 posted 02-18-2010 01:31 AM


wordless workshop wonder .

well done !

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 01:38 AM

Well organized scraps…

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 02:52 AM

Serge, I really like your design. I have a lot of problems with shorts, so may use your idea if you don’t mind.

-- John @

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 05:44 AM

Yet another great idea from you : ) Thank you !

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 08:02 AM

Excellent idea!

The wonders of group
thinking yield a wealth of
increasingly better ideas…

Nice job!

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 01:13 PM

Love your ideas, and just took a hours travel on your homepage.
Thank you for all your wonderful ideas, and designs.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 05:56 PM

Nice bin Serge, your one handy guy.

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 05:48 AM

Once again, I’m impressed by the elegance in your solution.

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 07:08 AM

Very nice solution!

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 07:09 PM

Bravo sir! Simple fix that truly makes it extraordinary.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 09:21 PM

Great idea, I wish that I would have thought of that before I built my cut off bin. Maybe I wouldn’t have had to if you posted this about a week before you did. Just kidding, I’ll just have to go this route when i build my next bin. Thanks for the post.

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 04:00 AM


Don’t suppose you have a great design for sheet goods…I love this, printed it out and will begin work on it soon.

thx, Dick

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#13 posted 02-04-2011 01:43 AM


On your Web site, it says the dividers are 23 1/4” long. But it also says that you place the end pieces inside the side pieces, which would make the inside dimension 24” wide. If you have 3/8” deep grooves, I think the dividers must be 24 3/4” long instead. Or did I misunderstand something?

It is easy to figure out, but you are missing the dimensions of the fixed divider, which should be 4” x 24”.

It is a good design, and I will make one similar to it. MercĂ­!

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#14 posted 02-04-2011 03:23 AM

Hi Mark. Thanks for you input.

I checked all mentioned measurements and they are:
Removable dividers are 23 1/4”
Central fix divider is 22 3/4”
Outside width is 24”
Grooves are 3/8” deep.

Let me check my website and make corrections, if applicable.



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#15 posted 02-04-2011 05:14 AM

Ah, I see, the OUTSIDE width is 24”. I thought it was the INSIDE width, because of this statement:

“Note that the 18”-high front and 30”-high back fit inside the box”.

I figured if the front and back were 24” wide (as shown in your cutting diagram), and they were inside the box, that the inside measurement was 24”. But after that statement, it also says

“it is better to cut and fit these after the sides and bottom have been assembled.”

So I am guessing that you cut them down from 24” wide to fit inside, since you say you assembled the sides and bottom first. Looking closely at one of your photographs, it is clear to me now that you did have the ends inside the sides.

If the outside width is 24”, and the end pieces go outside, or are cut to fit inside, then your dimensions are correct.

For mine, I would like to have an INSIDE width of 24”. I think it could be done with the same parts as in your sheet cutting diagram, by simply joining the ends to the bottom first and then attaching the longer sides.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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