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Project by bhuckster posted 07-25-2017 08:31 AM 3212 views 26 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a new way to find my parts so I went out to You-Tube to find the solution. I saw that a few guys were using Harbor Freight Tools item#62778 so I ordered 10 to try them out. I was impressed. Sturdy, portable, removable trays and a great price. They sell for $8.99 but on sale you can probably see $6.99. I decided that to plan for the future I wanted to get another 10 for a rolling cart with 20 bins and here is my project.





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#1 posted 07-25-2017 11:18 AM

Very nice job, I see you added tags to mark them, is there anything special about them?
I have a unit that holds 5 and the one thing I wish I had done was add a flat pullout shelf to put the open bin onto.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 07-25-2017 11:52 AM

I think we could all use this system. It’s so neat and takes the frustration out of hunting for your hardware.
Nice work! Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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bhuckster

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#3 posted 07-25-2017 11:52 AM

The tags are made from iron on melamine edging ( another You tube tip ). The handles have a “mold line” along the face that has to flattened out a little. I used a scraper to remove the mold line. The guy in the video said that he marks the tags with a permanent marker and use mineral spirits to change the tag if needed. I tested that and it didn’t seem to work so for the marking I just put scotch tape over the tag and if I need to change it will just pull off the tape and do another one.

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#4 posted 07-25-2017 02:07 PM

This is a great parts cabinet and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 07-25-2017 02:41 PM

I’ve been looking for something like this, nice job

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#6 posted 07-25-2017 02:52 PM

Nice work! And thank you for the inspiration for a solution I’ve been pondering. DC

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#7 posted 07-25-2017 02:54 PM

GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 07-25-2017 08:46 PM

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#9 posted 07-25-2017 10:27 PM

That is really ”cool”!
That makes for a nice roll away with removable compartmentalized drawers!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 07-26-2017 02:55 AM

That is a great looking parts bin! I have been looking for ideas on building such a bin and your project has given me some great ideas. Artful as well as functional! I like that!

I do have a question for you. I have both the shallow HF bins as well as the larger/deeper ones. It appears that you have used 1/4” masonite for the shelves/dividers. I have been contemplated whether to use 1/4” masonite or 1/2” MDF or even plywood.

I am concerned about using 1/4” material for the deeper bins. Have you noted any flexing when they are holding loaded bins?

Thanks!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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bhuckster

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#11 posted 07-26-2017 11:32 AM

Dave, I used 1/4 plywood and stained it burgundy. Slots into the 3/4 birch plywood approx 3/8 deep. The bins are 16 1/2 wide and I made my openings 16 3/4. In order for the plywood to bow pressure would have to be in the center of the plywood which would mean the bin would have to flex and I don’t think that would happen. I have one filled with common nails and probably weighs 15 lbs and no problems.

Good luck building yours… It’s worth the work!!

PS: Here’s a tip for everyone. Screw the face frame on just in case you do have to fix or change a divider.

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#12 posted 07-26-2017 06:14 PM

Great, that’s what every decent shop needs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-26-2017 06:27 PM

That is a nice to have storage. well done.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#14 posted 07-26-2017 11:50 PM



That is a great looking parts bin! I have been looking for ideas on building such a bin and your project has given me some great ideas. Artful as well as functional! I like that!

I do have a question for you. I have both the shallow HF bins as well as the larger/deeper ones. It appears that you have used 1/4” masonite for the shelves/dividers. I have been contemplated whether to use 1/4” masonite or 1/2” MDF or even plywood.

I am concerned about using 1/4” material for the deeper bins. Have you noted any flexing when they are holding loaded bins?

Thanks!

Cheers!

- FirehouseWoodworking

Thank you, Good Sir! I appreciate the input.

And thanks for the face frame hint. Quite frankly, I hadn’t thought of that!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#15 posted 07-26-2017 11:51 PM


Dave, I used 1/4 plywood and stained it burgundy. Slots into the 3/4 birch plywood approx 3/8 deep. The bins are 16 1/2 wide and I made my openings 16 3/4. In order for the plywood to bow pressure would have to be in the center of the plywood which would mean the bin would have to flex and I don t think that would happen. I have one filled with common nails and probably weighs 15 lbs and no problems.

Good luck building yours… It s worth the work!!

PS: Here s a tip for everyone. Screw the face frame on just in case you do have to fix or change a divider.

- bhuckster

Thank you, Good Sir! I appreciate the input.

And thanks for the face frame hint. Quite frankly, I hadn’t thought of that!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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