Storage Boxes, With cleat system.

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I really needed more storage space for all of my screws, and hardware. The boxes that come with the screws are good, but they fall apart a lot. So I built these storage boxes, and also screwed a cleat to my rail on my workbench. The cleat has a 45’ bevel, and on the back of the boxes, they also have a board with a 45’ bevel. The two bevels slide on top of each other, and the boxes can also slide on the cleat. You can also take the boxes of the cleat, and take them wherever you need them. I made six of these boxes for screws, brad nails, and other small things. The boxes are made out of 3/4’ pine, they are glued and nailed together. They are great for the shop, you always can use more storage space! Thanks for reading!


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 04:36 AM

You’re doing better all the time. Shows you’re learning with experience. The rest of us still try to do it as well. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 08:19 AM

Good thinking to set them up to taken to the job if needed….I use square gallon nut containers that have a lid…but the storage on yours is much better.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 09:47 AM

Nice idea but I think when all is said and done, you’ll prefer it to not be in front of you as you work at the bench. Good thing about cleats though….put them anywhere!

-- Tim Harrelson

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 10:56 AM

Yeah, when I was making these, I thought that the front of the workbench would be a bad spot for them. But you can always take them down if they get in the way.

Thanks guys,

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 01:24 PM

I like that idea. I have thought about doing something similar and having a mobile cart rolling around the shop with cleats all over it where you can hang whatever you need close at hand. Clamps, Hardware, Small Shelf for a gun or drill, plenty of things you could use it for.

Great job!

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 01:48 PM

That’s a very cool idea. It would be nice to cover a wall with rails and have about 50 boxes to use… maybe my next project? haha. Great job… Thanks for sharing!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 01:57 PM

Tyler – that is just what I thought too. Set up a wall or a portion of a wall with french cleats and make a few dozen of these boxes. Put various fasteners in them, plus set some up with all the stuff you need to do a little job – wood filler for some of us, or tool lubricants, or your shop first aid kit, or bench cookies, or tiny clamps or discs for your ROS, or . . or . . or . . .lots and lots of things. You could put slots or dividers in some of them and label them on the outside with just what is in there. Maybe even NON WOODWORKING things!

I would probably use 1/2” poplar and rabbet the joints to give a smoother profile, but this is a fabulous organization idea which I intend to steal.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 02:12 PM


I have a rolling cart that has my Miter Saw mounted on it. I plan to put cleats all over it soon, If you put dozens of these storage boxes on the wall, that’s great storage!


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#9 posted 09-01-2012 03:03 PM

Your just full of great project ideas AJ good job.

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 03:39 PM

Thanks, I try to put a lot of extra storage in the shop, you can always use more storage space!


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#11 posted 09-01-2012 06:03 PM

You can also hang anything on this cleat, that has the matching bevel. My router bits can hang from this cleat too!

Thanks for all of the great comments,

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#12 posted 09-02-2012 03:13 AM

I use a cleat system for hanging tools. Making boxes to put screws in never crossed my mind! Outstanding idea.

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 04:01 PM

This is really weird. Never seen anything like it. Why didn’t you use dovetails on the boxes? That’s the best way to make a box.

-- Why am I wearing a respirator? Because Sawdust is DANGEROUS!

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 04:10 PM

You sure are a busy young man. And you have some great ideas! Nice job!
Keep up the good work and always work with safety in mind!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 09-02-2012 05:32 PM


Phoenix-It would be hard to cut dovetails on these boxes, dovetails are good for boxes thou.

Thanks for asking,

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