Shop Storage Tills

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Project by Eric posted 12-26-2021 10:06 PM 1202 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Storage Tills for my lathe tools and a Bit & Brace set. Sanded to 120, and no finish at this time. I started this morning and finished up before dinner.

Made from 1/2” Poplar, finger joints and a grove to hold 1/4” plywood bottom in place. To build these I had to make another Box Joint Jig, this time for 1/2 stock.

Both are 25” x 17”, the one for the lathe tools is 2-1/2” high, the one for the bit & brace is 3-1/2” high. (I need to find a #13 to complete the set of bits).

This is the start of number of these types of storage tills, I am starting with the drawer portion first then I will build a case to put them all together.

Thanks for looking.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#1 posted 12-26-2021 10:55 PM

I only wish I could do stuff like this! Your shop is probably super organized. My garage is an embarrassment by comparison.

Great build, Eric!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#2 posted 12-27-2021 12:20 AM

Thanks Van. As for the shop I am still organizing it, a little at at time. There are still some of the tools which are not where they really should be.

I try to put things away as I use them, but I also find myself thinking that there is a better place for this or that.

Now that I have a few box joint jigs, I’ll build some more trays / drawers to store the items in. Next one will be for the chisels.

You have a working shop, so no need to be embarrassed.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 12-27-2021 12:21 AM

Eric, You can’t beat a well organized shed with a place for everything and everything in its place.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 12-27-2021 12:24 AM

Thanks Peter, and that is so true. I like to know where stuff is, so when I need it, I know where to find it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 12-27-2021 12:26 AM

Great looking organizers.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-27-2021 12:28 AM

Nice work Eric, being able to find stuff is key to efficiency, I’m nowhere close 8^)

The box joint should keep them solid for many years, I like how you even routed the panel groove, it shows you don’t like short cuts!

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 12-27-2021 12:38 AM

Very nice organization job, Eric! I tend to build all my organizers as one-offs and then have to go back and revise them. Next up on the list is the seven drawers for my boring tools till each of which will hold a different set (or sets) of bits. Just need to get the top of the bench cleared enough that I can do some dovetailing for that. Sounds like your approach of building drawers and then building a cabinet to hold them is much better planned.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 12-27-2021 01:01 AM

Thank Swirt.

Thanks Splinter, yes I like to know where stuff is. And yes they should last awhile, as for the panels, I use the groves so they stay in place. Nothing like grabbing a drawer or box and having the bottom fall out. Short cuts, sometimes, more so if it’s easier and better.

Thanks Dave, i have had to revise items in the past, just because something was not just right. As for the drawers first, that is what I was thinking, I will make what I need and try to maintain the same general size, maybe adjust the depth. Then I can design the case. I may want to have a few on the narrow side.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 12-27-2021 02:03 AM

These look great! I need to continue to do more organizational projects like this for my shop. Agree on building for the longterm. My husband often laughs that I “over build” but even my early projects are still solid…and often pretty heavy (haha).

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#10 posted 12-27-2021 02:38 AM

Thanks Barb, I like to have an organized shop. And now that the gift giving season is over, I can do a little more.

I to have been told that I overbuild, I went through that when I was building the shop. Built to last, and to code. Not much room for expansion, but I have the lofts for storage.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 12-27-2021 04:56 AM

My shop is a heap. :-) I need some of this that you have done. And in one day at that!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#12 posted 12-27-2021 07:55 AM

I like to see someone takes care of his tool in such way….great looking toolbox!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-27-2021 10:58 AM

Thanks Ocelot, these were actually simple to make for me, having the jig and tools dies help though.

Thanks Ivan, I was taught to take care of the tools and they will take care of you.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 12-27-2021 12:16 PM

Storage tills help use all the space in a drawer and keep things organized.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 12-27-2021 12:45 PM

Thanks Earl, and yes they do. Still have some more to build.

-- Eric, building the dream

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