Parts bins

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Project by SeaFarin posted 405 days ago 3204 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I inherited two sets of card catalog cabinets with 15 drawers in each. So I decided to make a removable parts bin to give me more organized storage. I purchased a 4×8 sheet of birch plywood used for flooring underlayment. I started to use my pin nailer, but found that my regular electric stapler with 3/8” staples and glue worked better.
I’ve filled about half of them already!

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#1 posted 405 days ago

Good deal..ive wanted my hands on some of those for some time

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#2 posted 405 days ago

Great idea! Looks good.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 405 days ago

I love the look of the “old school” card catalog!!! I have always wanted some of them. Nice repurposing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 405 days ago

I work at a library and got a few metal card catalog cabinets, but I’ve always wanted a nice wooden set like you have there. I did the same thing with the wooden inserts. Yours look very nice!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 405 days ago

Nice, great idea. Wish my shop had the room to get one and do this. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 405 days ago

Nice work. Those make great storage units.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 405 days ago

great job,i to have always wanted one.

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#8 posted 405 days ago

Yeah, I’m jealous. Very nice!

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#9 posted 405 days ago

Yeah, I’m jealous. Very nice!

-- christopheralan

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#10 posted 405 days ago

Those inserts and jig for construction are a great idea. Is that 1/4” ply?

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#11 posted 404 days ago

So nice of you to go before me and provide me with ideas for the details. I really like how you have utilized these cabinets. In fact, I have something very much like that which i hope to do something with. I was thinking of cutting plywood for the bottom, because there are holes in the bottom, and I am working on some ideas for compartments that are removable. Each drawer comes out and is quite easy to handle but each drawer is 25 inches deep, so taking them out and bringing them over to my workstation doesn’t seem like the best plan.

So, I am thinking about little bins just like you have there only I want them to be removable. It looks like the way you have done this, they are removable or could easily be removable.

Here is an as is pic of what I have. I have taken off the metal handles and brass name plates. I am going to give it a quick sanding and a fresh coat of spray paint on the drawer fronts and on the sides and top. (In keeping with my overall shop theme, I want things to look clean and neat, but not perfect. In other words, I’m not going to be a freak about getting all the dents out and a perfect coat of paint.)

The cabinet is 28 deep, 19 wide and 52 inches high. The drawers are 5 inches deep and 8 inches wide on the inside.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#12 posted 404 days ago

Awesome! I think I may make something similar to this.

-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#13 posted 404 days ago

Wow! Love it.

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#14 posted 404 days ago

I would like, like 75 of those, please :D

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#15 posted 403 days ago

@ djwong, Could not find a decent sheet of 1/4” that look stable enough to make every box square, so purchased a 7/32” sheet of flooring underlayment. Made layout a little trickier, but everythings lines up nicely! I can get 18 parts bins from one 4×8 sheet.

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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