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Project by sIKE posted 01-18-2010 03:48 AM 23390 views 34 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after Christmas I looked around the shop and realized that I had way to much short wood on hand. I keep cutting other wood down to small sizes as I need, instead of using all of this stuff. Mainly cause it was to hard to find. I do have a bad case of keepus crappus that I shouldntus… SWMBO said no more wood you have too much!

So the first two (in the first pic) you see here are out of a Wood Magazine and a project by Greg Wurst. I am also going to come back and add some clamp racks to the outsides of these cutoff bins ala the Best Workshops 2009 issue. I basically made the first one just like Greg’s, the second one I wanted to store plywood cutoffs but since those can be square I removed a couple of shelfs out of the mix and made two of the cubbyholes taller.

The third (second and third pics) is the original storage rack from my garage shop days. I had some junk stored in so pulled it out of mothballs added some casters. It is now being used to store larger plywood cutoffs.

My sincere hope is to now that I am able to easily see what I have on hand I should be able to utilize it and start burning this stuff off, before I go camping this summer and really burn it off.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 04:09 AM

good job on the storage bins. that’s something i desparately need as well.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 04:12 AM

I really like those first two with the vertical storage in back and shelves in front

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 04:56 AM

Look really good, I think I have the same condition! I made one a few years ago but combined the shelves with a open side for small sheets left over, didn’t have the room for more storage carts, if I did my condition would come back.


-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 05:13 AM

I wood need a few hundred of these..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 05:20 AM

Yea Larry the size of a semi truck :-))
Good work sIKE


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#6 posted 01-18-2010 06:19 AM

LMBO- awesome! Great looking storage cart… course this needs to kick of the next forum thread… how do you determine “keepus crappus that I shouldntus”? That is the burning question that haunts me every time I look around in the garage!!

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 07:36 AM

This has to be on my “to do” list. I’ve got to do something about the crappus also. Come to think about it…I’m sure there’s enough crappus in the garage to build several of these bins. But then I worry what would I do if I needed the stuff I made the bins out of? It’s a dilemma. I’m stuck in a state of indecision. I may have to buy some material to make bins to store the same thing the bins are made out of? My head hurts. LOL

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 12:51 PM

love it!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 01:01 PM

I need to build 1

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 04:49 PM

How COOL is that!!!

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 01-18-2010 05:31 PM

Thanks guys for all the great comments!


Just out of view on the first pic is a box of “super short” shorts I use those to back things up when I a drilling. Once they get some holes in em, if they are man made (ply/mdf/etc) they go in the garbage, if they are real wood, I throw them in a bin that I keep for camping. All of the kiln dried wood makes awesome fire starter!

As for the other crapus, in my shop if it is red oak, it goes. I have a plethora of that stuff and it becomes crapus really quick. Other common (maple/cherry/walnut), once it gets down to a smaller size it goes, the exotic I keep most everything I could imagine being useful.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 06:26 PM

This seems to be a universal theme among woodworkers. I usually have a general toss and cry session every year after hurricane season and again after I take all LOML’s plants back outside after freezing weather is over. I have often thought that one day I’ll be the target of one of those hoarder shows on reality tv.

-- WayneD

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#13 posted 01-19-2010 03:37 AM

I need to build another one for my plywood cutoffs, but I’m out of floor space. I may need to see if I can free some room in the garage. Unfortunately, it still has to hold a couple cars when the tools are rolled out of the way. :)

Nicely done.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#14 posted 01-19-2010 02:51 PM

sIKE, you did a nice job of organizing your offcuts and these bins also add plenty of storage capacity for more storage.

And to tell you the truth I think that most of our wives generally think along the same lines. I get that same comments from my wife about hoarding all the offcuts (she refers to them as junk!) and clutter that they create. And, of course, when I mention getting more wood she just can’t understand why I need more with all those offcuts down in the shop. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 01-19-2010 05:17 PM

It is so funny to hear them say that, and you have to sorta grin and say, why hunny that nice stick of Maple is way to short for that Sideboard you are wanting… :)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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