Sandpaper sheet storage box

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Project by sjbob posted 02-12-2017 06:30 PM 2185 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the really irritating things in my shop was the stack of random containers of sandpaper sheets, so I decided to remove that irritation by building a box to store them. I used materials I already had except for the hardboard for the drawers and the pulls. Happily, I found the perfect little pulls at OSH.

I made the box out of 1/2” birch plywood with oak trim. The plywood was joined using table saw cut lock joints. The box was finished with satin poly, brushed on with a final wipe-on coat.

The drawers are simply made, with oak trim pieces just butt glued on the top and on the front of the hardboard.
The space for the sheets is just slightly oversized to 9 1/8×11 1/16 as I found that kind of variance in the sheets I had and the goal is for an easy fit. There is 1/2 available for the stack of sheets in a drawer.

The box is intended to sit on a shelf inside a normal storage cabinet, so I oriented the short axis front and back so it would easily fit on a 12” shelf.

The bottom drawer doubles as a sheet cutter with three positions: 2 3/4, 4 1/2, 5 1/2 for sanding blocks and a quarter sheet sander. The sheet cutter is a hacksaw blade trimmed at the ends, glued to a spanning wood bar and with the blunt back filed down to make it a smoother rip/cut.

-- Every project is a learning experience.

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#1 posted 02-12-2017 09:46 PM

Nice work, the diagonal line with the draw pulls is a very unique design.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 10:11 PM

Thanks! There’s a functional aspect, as well. With such small pulls and spacing, separating them horizontally makes it easier to grab one.

-- Every project is a learning experience.

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#3 posted 02-12-2017 10:39 PM

Very clever! Nicely executed!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 01:27 AM

This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing. I need to solve my sandpaper cluttering problems too!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 02:33 PM

This is something that I could use. This is a wonderful sandpaper storage unit and you have done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 04:25 PM

Clever! I need to build one of these as well.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 04:41 PM

great build

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#8 posted 02-21-2017 04:22 AM

Looks good, great idea.

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#9 posted 02-21-2017 04:38 AM

Love the knobs. Makes it EZ to find a drawer. I made all my finger pulls different for the same reason.

Nice work.


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