Plastic crate upgrading

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Project by Ivan posted 03-06-2019 07:18 AM 608 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was done for one handyman or house fixes/repair worker. He keeps all his tools in a van, so he needed to organize all tools and spare parts to be more accessible and tidy. He bought 8 plastic crates with interior measure 57×37x11cm and asked me to make him some compartments. Since those crates must be stackable on each other, I cut 10mm playwood to 10cm wide stripes. Side of crates are with 2.5 degree angle, so I cut ends of stripes also to that angle. I cut grooves on bandsaw, using fence and crosscut jig. I rounded top edges on router. Compartments were not glued, so he can remove some fences if needed. Everything is snug fit, ready for use – everybody pleased.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 03-06-2019 07:43 AM

That’s a great job you did on that Ivan.. I’ve tried to do those half-lap compartments before and it’s surprisingly difficult to get them just exactly right as you have done. Impressive and very accurate work.

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#2 posted 03-06-2019 09:51 AM

Well done!
That’s a lot of great storage space and being stackable it won’t take up too much space in the van…very functional.

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#3 posted 03-06-2019 03:50 PM

Creative design, NICE!!!

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#4 posted 03-06-2019 05:47 PM

Works out well.

I also see NICE tools in your shop!

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#5 posted 03-07-2019 12:29 AM

Good job Ivan. That will make it easier to access tools at a quick glance.

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#6 posted 03-11-2019 12:59 AM

Great idea, Ivan…and we just bought 7 of those crates yesterday and may do something like this.Thanks for the idea….Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 03-27-2019 04:07 AM

Organization is key when it comes to handymen with loose pieces of bits and tools. This organizer storage box would most certainly help him/her retrieve the loose pieces more easily and save a lot of time and effort.

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