|Project by Will Stokes||posted 03-07-2011 12:34 AM||6696 views||51 times favorited||11 comments|
For years I’ve disliked my ineffective method for storing my random orbital sander, sand paper, and other sanding and scraping supplies. What was my method? Throw it all in a giant heap! Of course the sandpaper would get dinged up, it was hard to keep track of how much and where various grits where, and I never knew when I was about to run out of something until I was in the middle of sanding a project. Fun! So I finally broke down between projects and designed and built this sanding supplies organizer. It’s made up of lots of scrap wood. Heck, the top and bottom, which are 5/8” ply that was so warped I had to clamp out about 1 1/4” of deflection, if not more. It is a giant mix of materials (hardy board for the back and removable inserts for ROS disks, birch ply for 4 of the 5 vertical members, 5/8” ply for the top and botom, cherry for edge banding for the front, and beech or something for the dowels that help keep the ROS disks in there proper locations). That doesn’t matter. This was designed to be functional and keep things organized. It isn’t the prettiest project I’ve built but I think it accomplishes my goal coming into this.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of working on the project was some of the finder details.. I attached the cherry edge banding using the wood whisperers method (oversized, then remove off excess vertically at the table saw. I also built and used the simple jig the Wood Whisperer recently covered for making dados in order to dado in the vertical members. This worked very well and produced very tight dado’s.
I made a small template and used it with a flush trim bit to put the small indent on the front of the sheet shelves to make it easer to pull out full 9×11” sheets of sand paper. These shelves and those for the ROS disks can slide in and out (the rest are glued in place). I cut small handles that are glued onto the front of the ROS disk shelves using a small dado. The handle is raised up about 3/16”, the thickness of the hardy board, which simply lays behind front handle and is prevented from falling off the back by a small strip glued back there. In other words you can pull out the shelves by reaching under and pulling from below, and you can remove the hardy board insert that has the dowels that hold the disks to make it easier to load up with new supplies or some day made again if the hole pattern needed to be changed.