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Project by stretchBrian posted 06-30-2013 10:56 PM 1607 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I travel to our “under construction” cottage quite a bit which means trying to keep tools ‘n parts organized in 2 locations so I came up with this idea.

Bought these bins and made a box to fit them, put a french cleat on the back and a handle on the top and I can move my most commonly used screws securely in one swoop, and hang them on the french cleat in the alternate shops. The strap hinges let it open really wide so when not transporting it everything is easily accessible. The bin columns can be take out as a unit as they interlock and have a strap on top.

This was made with Baltic birch plywood 1/2inch thick. I tried using my new Kregg pocket hole jig to mate the box but was not very satisfied with the way it works on 1/2 inch plywood (I think it would have worked great on a T joint but with the joints on the edge the screws could not be made to stay innside the wood consistently, at least by me).

All in all it took me way too long to build, combined with the pocket hole jig problems it was pretty discouraging, but hopefully it will last for years and i will be happy about in the end.

-- Brian





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robscastle

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 11:05 PM

Hello stretchbrian.

1/2 in plywood is on the min requirements for the Kreg from memory so I would think you have to be very careful at that range let alone trying to get a good result with plywood as well.

It sure looks solid enough and the doors certainly will no rattle lose in the truck, have you got some pictures of the problem areas?

Overall well done, I made something similar but had to put wheels on it as it was so heavy when loaded up with consumables, so I went away from that concept and used individual holders like yourself.

Regards

Robert Brennan

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steliart

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 11:11 PM

Very nice idea, well done.
I’ve been using the screw bins cabinet idea in my shop for a couple of years now

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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stretchBrian

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 11:16 PM

Thanks Robert

I posted a pic showing the pocket hole problem. I tried to get it right probably 20 times on test pieces after everything was cut (or I would have changed to 5/8 or 3/4 inch plywood, or not used the pocket hole jig) finally gave up. Some were a little better some were a little worse than the pic.

-- Brian

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robscastle

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 11:36 PM

Brian,

On the test pieces did you get the same effect?

It looks like the setting is incorrect but its hard to tell from the picture as I cannot see the entry point.

Regards

Robert

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stretchBrian

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 11:48 PM

Hi Robert.

The test pieces were set where the jig was supposed to be set but I did a ton or tiny adjustments in the course of my 20 or so attempts to try and do better consistently. It miy

Basically a few of them do not show at all, a few show more and most are like this. It may be that Baltic birch is actually 12mm for some reason which is .47 inches not really 1/2 inch.

Anyway I billed the project mentally as a learning experience and it is solid enough, but I will have to iron this out before I use the jig on anything 1/2 inch play again.

-- Brian

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 12:50 AM

Nice job!
I bought a bunch of the colored bins from mcfeely’s when they were on sale with plans to do the same thing. Haven’t gotten around to it yet though…

I’m not a fan of pocket screws in 1/2” material either.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 02:45 AM

What length/style screws did you use?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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stretchBrian

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 02:49 AM

I used the Kreg 1 inch coarse threaded screw

-- Brian

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 02:55 AM

Same as me. I used the micro jig set at 1/2 inch. However, I was connecting 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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stretchBrian

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 03:00 AM

You know I just realized….. duh first time using the jig if I had made the pocket holes on the outside (not very esthetic but it would have worked fine as they would have been going in the interior side.

Never even thought of it because who wants pocket holes on the outside of anything? if you can help it…

oh well it was a learning experience.

-- Brian

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MT_Stringer

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 03:11 AM

Hit ‘em with a file and slap some paint on it. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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