Mobile Modular Small Parts Rack - Inexpensive Adam Savage Style sortimo tool box/parts rack

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Project by AdrianM posted 12-30-2014 09:24 PM 136896 views 66 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my modular mobile small parts rack designed to fit 13 Stanley 014725 25-Removable Compartment Professional Organizer and 2 Stanley 10 Removable Bin Compartment Deep Professional Organizer.

The inspiration for this was Adam Savage’s tool box video entitled “Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: The Tool Boxes”.

This cart uses simple drawers to make it very easy to find whatever you are looking for.

In fact this is a upgrade over the much more expensive Sortimo system due to the fact that you do not need to remove each organizer in order to access the bins. Simply pull out the drawer using the handle of the organizer open and retrieve your part.

The organizers are fit snugly between the front trim and the rear trim (Photo 4) – this provide a secure feeling to each drawer (nothing moves around).

Its very fast and inherently easy to organize.

Materials needed are 2 sheets of plywood (one ¾” one ½”, I used nice MDO) some scrap hardwood for trim and 4 heavy duty castors.

The Stanley bins are relatively inexpensive ($12 USD and $17 on Amazon) considering the storage value and time saved looking around.

With all organizers in place this creates 345 removable bins on 15 drawers. This is huge amount of storage in a small space.

I have decided after hours of work in this to offer it as a $5 PDF plan on my site:

If you order today I will email you the Sketchup file so you can look at it in 3D.

The PDF contains all necessary dimensions to build this item including photos of the prototype that I built.

If you are wondering I did cut this on a CNC however there is nothing particularly difficult about this plan if you can cut dados. The back is a little complicated but I have included some alternative options for the back in the plan. You could also easily cut a full back from another sheet which would decrease difficulty and reduce production time . The back is designed this way to keep the total materials to two sheets of plywood.

I am happy its finally done – I have been thinking about doing this for years.

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 09:37 PM

I love that storage, makes life a lot easier to find stuff. Great work.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 09:44 PM

Thanks Todd – I was getting tired of misplacing all my little pieces.

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 11:04 PM

I like it…I like it a lot! Are most of your containers full? If so, how long did it take you to accumulate all that? I’m looking forward to the day that I can just check my inventory and not have to order something or go to the hardware store.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert -

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 11:07 PM

Hi Rob,

Thanks, yes the drawers are almost full – the contents are a combination of my stuff and my fathers over the course of about 10-15 years.


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#5 posted 12-31-2014 06:29 AM

Great project Adrian. That is really great design and execution on the build. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 07:48 AM

Great design, and I really like the back! Would not have thought of doing that. A favourite for sure,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#7 posted 10-04-2017 02:10 PM

Is this tippy?

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#8 posted 10-04-2017 02:13 PM

Very nice design.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 10-04-2017 02:34 PM

Hi Andrew,

Its very stable with the base being wider than the sides.

Also it gets quite heavy when full which helps with stability.

If you need to move it around alot you could make the base wider and go with larger wheels however you will need an extra plywood.

I have used this for years with no issues.


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#10 posted 10-05-2017 08:30 PM

Thank you will try it out!

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#11 posted 01-14-2018 12:50 PM

Hi Adrian, I saw this years ago and only got around to constructing something similar now. I hope you’re still around to answer….

Just curious, is there anything to stop the drawers from sliding all the way out when you pull on the handles? Or does it rely on the user pulling them out just enough to open the lid but no more? Cheers.

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#12 posted 01-14-2018 04:00 PM

Hi xcrayx

I never got around to it in the prototype but I have been thinking about this for some time.

Some well placed dowels would do the job. one in the back corner of each drawer and one on the side.


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#13 posted 01-14-2018 04:08 PM

Thanks for the reply. I also have access to a large CNC to cut the parts, so I’m planning to incorporate some form of stop into the runners. Not sure how yet, I’ll have to look elsewhere for inspiration. Thanks again, Michael.

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#14 posted 01-14-2018 04:15 PM

Oh wow, just clicked the Etsy link, you’re IVAMIR! I stumbled upon your blog & CNC work implementing some of the digital wood joints years ago, when we first purchased the CNC at my workplace. Small world!

Thanks for the multiple sources of inspiration.


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