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Project by jeff_wenz posted 12-22-2010 04:42 AM 8684 views 24 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to do this project for awhile. I try to be organized by having these Stanley 10-Compartment Professional Deep Organizers for screws, bolts, hinges, etc… The problem is they all stacked on top of each other and I always seemed a need a part or screw in the organizer stacked on the bottom. I had some “wasted” space underneath a couple tools on a rolling wire metal shelf, so I thought I could better utilize that space.

The overall size is 45” wide, 12.5” tall and 14.5” deep. The cabinet is built from scraps of ½” particle board covered in white melamine. I ran out of that, so I had to use ½” MDF for the interior dividers. I used some 3/8” thick scraps of cherry left over from a previous project (crib) for the runners. The organizers slide out smoothly. I also have some 20 bin shallower organizers picked up from Harbor Freight (HF). They have the same outside dimensions as the Stanley. They are holding well. I also have some smaller 15 bin organizers HF that fill up some unused space in the cabinet.

I may hang this thing on the wall in the future, so I built a French cleat hanging system into the back.

I am very happy with how this project turned out for a “down and dirty” shop piece.

-- Jeff, North Carolina





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FirehouseWoodworking

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 04:58 AM

I like it! Nice organization.

Have you thought about putting a drop-down door on the front so that you have a place to put an organizer while you dig through its contents?

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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AttainableApex

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 05:31 AM

those organizers are way handy.
i have only 1 but i carry all my screws im going to use in it (not old ones) thing has like $200 worth of screws in it.

-- Ben L

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Denappy

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 06:08 AM

That is some great organization!

-- -=Den

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 06:12 AM

great use of space :-)

take care
Dennis

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Houtje

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 07:04 AM

That is realy lookin great.
You never have enough space for small parts

Houtje

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#6 posted 12-22-2010 11:31 AM

Well done, good to be organized, So I hear…LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jiri Parkman

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#7 posted 12-22-2010 04:01 PM

I’s very clever. There is always a mess in my shop.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 12-22-2010 04:31 PM

Great idea, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 12-22-2010 04:50 PM

Great idea! You can never have too much storage and it all needs to be organized. Nothing more frustrating than trying to sift through 24 things to find one thing!
Saw a postcard in a gift shop many moons ago- three grubby looking cavement sitting around a rock playing cards. The caption- One of these days, we gotta get organized.

Thanks for sharing the project!

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RexMcKinnon

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 04:51 PM

Nice, I really like your setup. Not just the organizer but I like the way you turned a simple utility stand into a practical storage/wor station. I have seen these stands for sale. What is the weight rating? I have the same sander as you and I think if the stand is stable enough my dewalt planer would fit nicly beside the sander.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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jeff_wenz

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#11 posted 12-22-2010 06:48 PM

Rex,

This industrial wire shelving unit was purchased from Sam’s Club. I think it is a little heaftier than the ones I’ve seen at Lowes/Home Depot. It is 4’ wide, 18” deep and 6’ tall. The 6’ heighth is accomplished by (2) 36” poles threaded together. I simply use 1 of the lengths for this tool “cart”. It is very sturdy. It has a shelf capacity of 1,250 lbs.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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jeff_wenz

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#12 posted 12-22-2010 06:49 PM

Rex,

This industrial wire shelving unit was purchased from Sam’s Club. I think it is a little heaftier than the ones I’ve seen at Lowes/Home Depot. It is 4’ wide, 18” deep and 6’ tall. The 6’ heighth is accomplished by (2) 36” poles threaded together. I simply use 1 of the lengths for this tool “cart”. It is very sturdy. It has a shelf capacity of 1,250 lbs.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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RexMcKinnon

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#13 posted 12-22-2010 09:27 PM

I think Costco has this same shelving unit. Gonna check it out.

Thanks.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 03-27-2012 04:36 PM

great idea, I have the same problem.

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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