Cut off box

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Project by mark76wa posted 12-18-2011 08:53 AM 1932 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a 5/8’ – 4X10 piece of particle board for $1. It was damaged and a bird got to it. It sat against my wall until I could find something to do with it. I needed a place to put cut offs so I made cut off box.

I made the box to fit into a heavy duty shelf that is used for shop storage. The box is 14” tall, 20” wide and 32” deep. It is split evenly top to bottom with a shelf with a 1/2 piece of MDF for the middle shelf. I thought it might save some weight. The bottom cubbies are of equal sizes on the front and the two on the side are for smaller pieces. I wanted to be able to hold 12” wide boards so that is why the top has different proportion.

This was the first time I used my dado blade set and all the joinery is either a dado or rabbet. This was very tricky for me and I had to remember how to add and subtract fractions again. Cutting a 3/8” dado in the 5/8” top and bottom to hold the sides and the height on the outside can’t be more than 14” than … you get the picture. Needless to say, it’s not exactly what you would call square but it stays together.

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 03:43 PM

Very useful, great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 04:28 PM

wow, I’m jealous. You’ll actually be Organized with this box. I think you did a fantastic job with it, and getting a storage unit for $1 is just unheard of. Very nice.


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#3 posted 12-18-2011 06:56 PM

that is a good idea…I could use something like this…I love how you were able to save this piece of “wood”...and make something so useful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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