Storage Bins From Recycled Coffee Cans

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Project by BusterB posted 03-05-2014 09:14 PM 2542 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a shiftworker one of the things I specialize in is drinking coffee. When you drink alot of coffee of certain brands, you collect quite a few plastic coffee cans. I have been using these things as storage bins for small items but never had a really good way to organize them. Today in a fit of madness, I took some scraps of plywood and built a prototype rack to put em on. I put the shelves on a 25 degree angle so I could open the cans without taking them out of the rack. Now I will “shop test” this thing and see if justifies building a more sturdy version down the road. Maybe I can get Todd barone to build me one out of cedar… just kidding Todd….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 09:20 PM

Mine are red, but the same idea. I like the shelf idea. I need to adopt that in the shop. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 09:26 PM

Love it, great re-use of materials !!!

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 09:50 PM

Great idea Buster, I have several of coffee cans that would work for this purpose.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 10:57 PM

Great ideal. Those will be really handy. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 02:33 AM

Way to go Buster! let us know how the prototype works!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 02:44 AM

Not bad . Not bad at all. Never thought of shelving those on a angle. I see you wrote on them to tell whats in it too. Good thinking my friend.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 10:50 AM

I like how the angled shelving stiffens the structure – no need for back panel or other

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 12:49 PM

Monte- Thank you sir. Would look good in red.

Scott- Thank you sir. Could have spent the 30 bucks at HF and bought their version of storage bins but this version was free and I had the fun of laying it out and putting it together.

L2L- Thanks Lee. I like them since they are sealed. No playing 520 nail pick-up and since I have a basement shop said nails are protected from the moisture as well.

Hoss- Thank you buddy. You know me and free…lol

Candy- Thank you mam. Will do so. Was gonna put it under the hutch on my workbench but now am thinking of adding feet today and leaving it on the floor. We shall see. Nurses drink lots of coffee so your pals could fill one up twice this size in less than a week.

Dave- Thank you my friend. With a memory like mine…would have to open all of em to find what I was looking for…lol

Dave G- Thank you sir. Good point. Basically the strips on the back are to hold the cans in place. They are only 1/4” thick so not very much support overall.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 06:46 PM

You will be amazed at how fast you out grow this … Mine are all metal cans … remember those?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 03-07-2014 12:42 AM

My first thought was man you drink a lot of coffee. That’s. A nice rack,great idea.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 03-07-2014 02:44 PM

One idea for the final draft is put it on drawer slides so it’ll go under you work bench. Great idea I may use it in my shop.

-- I dream of a world where a chicken can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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#12 posted 03-08-2014 01:06 AM

Mike- Boy howdy do I remember metal coffee cans. They made excellent kitchen floor drum sets…put on many a concert…lol

Marty- Thanks buddy. You would think I would have stock in the coffee business by now. Ever since you posted that storage bin shelf project of yours, been wanting something to help orgtyanize the chaos…was just too cheap to buy those pretty color coded ones like yours.

Goodcat- Thank you sir. If you build one with the drawer slides, make sure and let me know so I can exactly how you were suggesting mounting these things….sounds cool just can’t picture what you had in mind

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 03-14-2014 05:51 PM

Neato…............... Great recycling job!!................Jim

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

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#14 posted 03-15-2014 06:33 PM

nice rack! oh wait…

darn, my wife just recycled several of those… think I’ll start stashing them in the shop and find a use for them!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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