Workshop Note Caddy

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Project by steliart posted 02-09-2011 04:13 PM 4933 views 27 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How many times when we are in the workshop all of us need to write down a quick note, measurement or a list of things to buy and we have difficulty of finding a piece of paper or a pen/pencil to write with? I know it happened to me quite a few times.

So when I saw this caddy in a magazine (I think it was in shopnotes) I knew that it was a must to do small project.

Its dimensions depend on the paper roll size you are going to use. I had a few rolls from a cash machine but they where in different lengths. That’s why you will see two pieces of paper roll hold-on on each side to mach the length of the rolls.
Made out of scrap 9mm MDF, and a piece of a dull hacksaw blade for cutting the paper, it’s an easy project to do that will also prove to be a very useful one. Doesn’t need to be fancy, just handy!
French cleat hanging system at the back helps to keep it mobile if needed.

Dimensions: This one is about 5.5” X 5.2” X 3.4”

Oh and one more thing. You know of those free IKEA give away short pencils? They are perfect for this caddy!!! ;-)

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Many times we come into the shop and we can’t find where we last left our measuring tape, so I thought what a better place to make a tape holder than on my Note Caddy to store the measuring tape!
Two pieces of 10mm scrap wood and a 2mm metal plate fixed on the left side of the Caddy did the job for me and improved the Note Caddy design as well.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 04:23 PM

That’s pretty clever and is a nice asset to your shop. I wish that I had the room in my shop for one.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 04:43 PM


I’ve seen your workshop and it’s a very nice set-up and spacy too. Dimensions of a caddy like this are about 5.5” X 5.2” X 3.4” only.
Thanks for visiting.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 04:51 PM

great idea, i have to look around for something to write on like many others. never even gave something like this a thought till i saw yours. going to make one of these soon. thanks for posting

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 05:16 PM

Very good idea. If I made one like this, I might not have to go to Home Depot with my shopping list written on a scrap of plywood. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 05:54 PM

Very handy device. I’m so used to writing on a scrap piece of wood. What will I do with all my scrap now?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 06:23 PM

Very clever idea and thanks for showing plan. I just have a pad of paper on my workbench but my pencils always seem to dissapear. At most I may just drill some holes to hold pencils at end of workbench

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 06:56 PM

Awesome idea, I may have to build something like this myself!

-- David

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 07:32 PM

OMG you have been watching too much Woodsmith Shop! My wife thought I was bad.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 07:44 PM

Thats soooooo cool my grandpa had something similar to this in his shop. Takes me back to the time long ago err maybe not too long ago,,,, ahhh what the heck ya pretty darn far back. lol

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 02-09-2011 08:06 PM

Clever idea and most certainly useful. I bought a pack of small pocket sized spiral bound notepads and keep it in my shirt pocket and have sever otheers around the shop. This way i don’t have to trust my memory…

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#11 posted 02-09-2011 08:06 PM

Great little project, Will be very functional. So writing on the workbench is wrong? LOL Well done.

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

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#12 posted 02-09-2011 09:17 PM

thank´s Stiliart nice little pencil and papernote holder

Ken does that mean you only shop once a year….LOL


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#13 posted 02-09-2011 10:38 PM

Steli, thanks for complimenting me on my shop. I appreciate it. I do have enough room to work in but my problem would be trying to find a place where I could hang it where it wouldn’t get knocked off. I hung my pencil sharpener on my tool box because it was the only place that I could find where it would be handy but reasonably safe from being knocked off. I also have a paper towel holder that is just in my way right now because I haven’t been able to figure out a good place to put it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 02-09-2011 11:11 PM

Sweet! And it can double as a toilet roll dispenser.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 02-10-2011 03:11 AM

Thank you all for visiting, commenting and advising.


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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