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If you’re like me… just a tad OCD – like to have things organized, uniformed, and for crying out loud…. able to find what you are looking for; well I think you’ll relate to this post.

I wish I had before photos of the mess, but you can imagine. Various shape and size bins, old butter containers, and of course everyone’s favorite spaghetti jars. “No More” I said!!

After spending a lot of time on line and in the big box stores to see what was available, my then wife suggested to go to Bass Pro and get some bins used for fishing lures and such. Great idea! They are cheap and customizable.

I began to go through the painstaking task of dumping out all the screws, nuts, washers… sorting and labeling.

Next was to build a storage cabinet to house my new bins.

Using my Radial Arm Saw, I cut the 3/4 X 12 inch pine boards. I have a very crude “stop” I created to make each board cut the same.

Cutting the rabbit with my router. Ah! enjoying a little English tobacco while working in the shop.

And now the dado. I most certainly need a router table. This was very time consuming to set up each piece for the cuts.

I painted these pieces before inserting them. I impressed myself, as they all lined up evenly!!

All labeled and stacked

Complete, with room to grow. Looks like there is more clean up organization to be had a few shelves down

-- Harold

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-07-2018 03:03 AM

Nice work, it pays off in time not spent looking through various hide holes we seem to always use.

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 03:08 AM

Good job. I’ve been using those tackle, tool, and part trays for years. I have about 17 right now, but my problem is I have sorted over a several year period, and still a few times a year fill a few more. My plan is to try to get all of the trays I “think” I need, and then build a storage rack like you have done. I’ll probably leave at least 4 empty spots for future growth.

It’s hard to imagine just how many different types, shapes, and sizes, of hardware there are.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 06-07-2018 03:55 AM

That’s really great. Thanks for showing it. I want to do something similar with fishing tackle trays on a drawer cabinet.

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#4 posted 06-07-2018 04:08 AM

Glad to see you still with us Harold, and not horizontal in a box somewhere with a reverse image of Homecraft embedded in your forehead !!! !

And Oh yes your project!
The Project as they say looks to be ‘The ducks [email protected]#$s”

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 06-07-2018 04:27 AM

Thanks for the nice, positive comments guys. Yes, Rob, not horizontal yet.

-- Harold

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 05:01 AM

Ha ha all intended as light humour Harold, BTW did you check out this Project ?

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 10:25 AM

Yup thats the way to go… I use them too those boxes… Nice work :) !!!

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

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#8 posted 06-07-2018 01:15 PM

These storage box holders will make a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations and nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-07-2018 04:14 PM

Dang Harold, it’s been over two years since your last project posting.
I was starting to worry about you.

This storage idea is a beauty.

I have the same type storage kits, but I need to make the cool holder that you have.
Thanks for the idea, and quit waiting so long before your next project submission…lol

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#10 posted 06-08-2018 01:12 AM

Glad you guys like the little project. Don’t hold your breath, Woodwrecker, but I may have another post coming soon!!!

Rob, to answer your questions, no I have not. But I have not been on the site (or in my shop) in a long time. I will check it out.

-- Harold

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#11 posted 06-08-2018 09:34 PM

I’ve got a dozen of these haphazardly stacked behind me… now that I know how nice they could look I might have to do the same.

-- Dylan-

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#12 posted 06-11-2018 02:39 PM

Glad to have inspired you, Dylan.

-- Harold

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