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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 03-20-2018 01:31 PM 1238 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nope, I haven’t grown a stutter.

I found that plastic hardware storage containers were the most economical way to “manage” my hardware…

Unfortunately I didn’t realize how hard it was to manage the manager… No matter what hardware I wanted, it always managed to migrate to the container on the bottom of the stack.

After my last container drop that popped the lid and scattered a heap of screws and nuts across and into every nook and cranny of my storage room, I decided to make some sort of shelves for the plastic containers.
I can’t remember who posted an article here on LJ, but I do remember reading about it a while back and it inspired me… sorry anonymous!

After a session with SketchUp,

a bit of lazering, puzzle building and finger separating from superglue, I now have my hardware access more manageable.

The parts were cut from 3mm and 6mm MDF using through mortice and tenon joins held together with superglue. The design utilises a conceptual torsion box design which provided sufficient strength and stability to exploit using 3mm MDF for the majority of the build.

For those that hate reading as much as me, I have patched together a video to demonstrate how not to make a video but it vaguely shows how to laser cut and assemble a storage box.

If you find this article boring and the video ridiculous, please don’t read further and you don’t have to watch the video again!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 05:18 PM

Nice storage storage.

Hope it works out as well as it looks like it will.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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robscastle

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#2 posted 03-20-2018 08:25 PM

1. 30:38 minutes of fun filled activity, (see note below) well done LBD! , it was better than watching the car chase on Fury Road!
2. What is that item on the red lanyard around your neck?
3. I have heaps of ply here do you have any way of getting it to Church for conversion?

4. I showed Baz Lurman your production and he suggested you may wish to consider knocking off eating and drinking and employ your wife to assist, that way the 30:38 could be reduced somewhat and it would add some social culture to your videos in the process. He also said it reminded him of the Bazza Mckenzie movies!!

Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 03-20-2018 09:35 PM


2. What is that item on the red lanyard around your neck?
- robscastle
rc, you had me worried there for a second… immediately thought the missus slipped that noose around my neck when I wasn’t looking. Then after the panic attack subsided, I realised that it was only the remote control to my various dust extractors. While I seldom vacuum superglue, I religiously put it around my neck as soon as I enter the workshop (and then spend the next day searching for it when I forget I left it upstairs somewhere the day before… always forget to look in the oven next to my cheese and Vege. pie).

Well Baz should be envious… I did my apprenticeship under Cecil B, and you may remember he was into epics… my production values may suck but I’m close to nailing the epic’s duration. My next video is going to be “The Ten Commandments of using a lazer”...
Unfortunately my speech is so garbled if I edited the video the occasional meaningful word may finish up on the cutting floor so I offer warts and all… the missus wrote some great script for me but because of my love for reading… I forgot to rehearse it! AND… once the glue had dried, it’s hard to re-shoot…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Orvile Baker

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#4 posted 03-20-2018 09:53 PM

really enjoyed you video, lol. You must have shaved .

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 03-20-2018 10:18 PM


... You must have shaved .

- Orvile Baker


Thanks OB-1... I actually grew my hair and beard when I first moved to Churchill 7 years ago to fit in with the fraulines down here…

Forgot to remember it also used to hide my double/triple chin and took the attention away from my midrif.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 03-21-2018 12:10 AM

they vino is bad for midriff also that yummy food
and something else you do not want to do while super glue is wet on your fingers take a leak :<))

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

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robscastle

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#7 posted 03-21-2018 12:50 AM

Oh yeah another 15 minutes later and I see the whiskers are gone, ... laser no doubt, and hey you have nice looking nuts too! but I do not need to see any pictures of wet superglue and possible bald headed results!!

Those pies would be a hit with our US friends.

-- Regards Rob

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htl

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#8 posted 03-21-2018 01:02 AM

Great project!!!
We never have enough storage.
I’ll have to stick to the thicker plywoods, that’s just way to finicky for my poor nerved to deal with.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 03-21-2018 03:37 AM


We never have enough storage.
I ll have to stick to the thicker plywoods, that s just way to finicky…
- htl

The main intention of this project was not to brag about the storage (though it was a welcome byproduct), it was more to extol the virtues of laser use in the workshop… maybe I should have emphasised that in the body of the project.
As the basic structure is based on a torsion box “principle” narrow sheet goods is easier to cut (laser, mechanical or manual) and seems to pass the robust test.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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builtinbkyn

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#10 posted 03-21-2018 04:04 AM

Duck we both live in Churchill, but on opposite sides of this blue marble. Great video and nice idea for storage! Oh and man, do you have a lot of ‘stuff’ ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 03-21-2018 04:43 AM


... you have nice looking nuts….

You had me worried for a second… I thought the camera might have fallen over… the I realised the jars… yes, the nuts are nice but a killer on the teeth…


Those pies would be a hit with our US friends.
- robscastle

They could probably handle the cheese but the vegemite might toss them a curve…

Have you tried them? 4 & 20 from Woolies.

PS. Thx for the wallet… helped subsidise the cost of the laser!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 03-21-2018 04:54 AM


... nice idea for storage! Oh and man, do you have a lot of stuff ;)

- builtinbkyn


Thanks b’inb’. The racks do serve their purpose, but my main motivation for the post (and video) was to give some members/readers with laser (and CNC) access, food for thought.

I do have a lot of stuff but that’s cause when it comes to tools, I’m like a woman in a shoe shop…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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oldnovice

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#13 posted 03-21-2018 05:25 AM

I like this except all those nuts and bolts marked with an M, ... just kidding!
I may copy this for my storage solution, nice project.

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 03-21-2018 08:15 AM



... except all those nuts and bolts marked with an M, ...
- oldnovice

Thanks o’n’, I know it’s politically incorrect in our modern society, but I still like to separate males from females and I therefore identify all my male hardware with an ”M”...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 03-21-2018 10:50 AM

I need to make those too. Great project.

-- Petey

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