Plywood Storage Boxes

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Project by 18wheelznwood posted 03-05-2021 08:12 PM 3084 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try out my jig making abilities, so I built a 1/2” box joint jig loosely based on William Ng’s build video on YouTube. Instead of making my own runners, I mounted the jig to the fence of my Incra 1000SE miter gauge. A little trial and error and I came up with a workable version and bought a new Freud Super Dado stack dado set and went to work cutting lots of box joints. Glue up was a little tricky as the plywood swelled a bit and took some persuasion to assemble. I learned that you really have to get the fingers flush with each other in order for the box to square itself up. Had one of the first ones a little sloppy and the box ended up slightly out of square. Lesson learned. The bottoms of the box are 1/4” ply in 1/4” dados 1/4” from the base of the panels. Some sanding and a little filler to fill the 1/4” square holes left from the dados for the bottom panel, a couple of coats of spray satin poly, mount the hardware and done. I plan on making at least 8 more for my workbench. Nothing fancy but they look great and will last a long time.

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#1 posted 03-05-2021 09:33 PM

Your boxes look good! Man I love organizing my workspace. A couple hours of time and you get to enjoy it for a long time ahead. I’m working on setting up a router jig for finger joints (I just got the table a week ago) and had to make a plate out of plywood first, saving my carpenter coupons for other things.

-- -daniel, Washington,

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#2 posted 03-05-2021 10:33 PM

Nice work. They look good!!

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2021 10:57 PM

Those are total winners.

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#4 posted 03-06-2021 01:33 AM

I love storage projects. These are nice.
W.Ng’s box joint video is a good one.

Did you find a good source for the brass library-type label holders ?

-- derek / oregon

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#5 posted 03-06-2021 02:00 AM

Got the card holders at Rockler for $1.99 each.

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#6 posted 03-06-2021 03:32 AM

My those do look great. They must make you smile when you enter the room. Well done.

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#7 posted 03-06-2021 03:34 AM

Great job. You can never have enough storage in the shop. I use old paint buckets for some of my storage needs. Boxes look better though.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#8 posted 03-06-2021 12:44 PM

Got the card holders at Rockler for $1.99 each.

- 18wheelznwood

Great idea – and you answered my question before I even had a chance to ask! Yes, I need to organize my shops and this is just the thing to help me!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-06-2021 01:12 PM

Clean and very professional looking. They totally spiff up your bench.

Here’s a tip for making the labels, any printer that can print 4×6 photos can also print onto 4” x6” index cards. I use index cards all the time when I want a heavier stock but want less waste when printing out small things.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#10 posted 03-07-2021 07:52 AM

Realy good for organization in workshop. I like those compartments for signs!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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