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Forum topic by MrRon posted 12-23-2012 08:39 PM 1821 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2012 08:39 PM

I am in the process of making changes in my workshop. I have a rack that holds sliding drawers. The bottom of each drawer is a piece of 1/4” masonite with a cigar box glued to it. It has served me for about 10 years, but they are starting to show wear and tear. The cigar boxes are a heavy cardboard, but they are starting to fall apart. I want to mass produce new boxes from wood that will fit into the old rack. I was thinking about using 1/4” Birch plywood with box joints. What do you think? Do you have a better way? I will need 42 boxes with lids, either sliding or hinged and it will take a lot of cutting. I store screws, nails, nut, bolts and small parts. I’ve moved the rack to make room for my DC system.

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 09:10 PM

I’m thinking of resawing 1×3’s on my BS and running the strips through the planer. I will end up with about 5/16” thickness. BB plywood for the bottom and maybe for the sliding or hinged top. I really don’t want to get involved with small hinges on thin wood.

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 12:25 AM

If you want a “quick, cheap and easy” way to get new storage boxes… how ‘bout those plastic shoe boxes with lids? Available at DIY stores, WallyWorld, KMart, Target…. almost everywhere. And usually most of the big box stores put their “storage” type boxes on sale first of the year. Some of them are made of a “cloudy” plastic, but some of them are clear and you’ll be able to see at a glance what’s in ‘em.

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 01:56 AM

There’s a few ways to handle this.
If building boxes is the way you want to go, for that many boxes box joints would be time consuming, but would last forever. I’d do a tongue and dado joint though. Since the pieces are 1/4”, you can use a standard sawblade with a 1/8” kerf. A FTG blade like a ripping blade will work great.

Another way is to buy bins. I got all mine from mcfeelys.

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 03:31 AM

The “tongue and dado” drawer joint works well in 3/4” stock but not so well in 1/4-5/16 stock as the end “lip” wants to break off. Boxe joints would be strong and long lasting but if you don’t “gang cut” them they are going to be tedious!

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 06:02 AM

Not cheap but I have come to prefer the small parts storage bins that look like a small suitcase. You can take
em with you and move them around. Especially good for smaller shops where wall and floor space are
at a premium.

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