Extra Tall Storage Unit

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-25-2012 12:59 AM 1891 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year or so ago I received around 20 Heavy Plastic Coca Cola Containers from a friend who owns a deli. They are made to hold six, two-liter bottles of soda. I set them aside with plans to eventually make some kind of storage unit out of them.

A couple of weeks ago I saw Steve Ramsey's video on his storage cabinet he made for his own shop – he had a need to store offcuts and smaller pieces of wood so the shelves had to be thin.

While watching this I remembered all those Coke trays and this was the result – my super tall storage unit!

It’s 8 feet tall and holds 16 trays!!!! I took the time to use dados for every shelf which makes this extremely strong – I was able to climb it like a ladder to attach it to the stud wall.

The gap between the shelves is only 5 1/4 inches which holds the containers perfectly. Outside dimensions are 14 inches wide by 18 inches deep. A very small footprint that stores a TON of stuff!

I was able to clear out my shop of tiny projects and pieces of lumber and still have room for a bunch more!

Thanks to Steve for the initial idea!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 01:04 AM

that’ll work. nice way to recycle those containers, and give ya some organization

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 01:14 AM

Haaa! That’s what happened to all the Coca Cola trays!!Mr. Coca Cola has been looking for them!! LOL

-- yesterday today was tomorrow

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 01:33 AM

This is a great idea Bob,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 01:48 AM

That is one TALL storage unit! Really nice, Bob! I like using every square inch of space necessary and this project does just that! Using the plastic Pop trays was a great idea! This is really cool!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 02:46 AM

What a great idea!

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 04:10 AM

very nice !!

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 12:15 PM

Nice Bob. I bet that sucker is strong.
I could use something like this, thanks for the inspiration.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 02-25-2012 03:11 PM

Nice job….do you store them in alphabetical order?? Ash at the top….and zebra wood at the bottom?? :)

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#9 posted 02-25-2012 04:04 PM

Thanks for the comments!

Prez – I use a very scientific means of sorting the drawers. The most used goes at eye level, then I use a reverse accounting LIFO scheme to….......... yeah right.

I started from the top and started filling! ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#10 posted 02-25-2012 06:38 PM

Thats great idea, looks good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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