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#1 posted 08-24-2016 06:18 PM

I used bread loaf tins (available at Walmart for 88ยข each. I built large rectangles about 1/4” wider than the tins. I made slots in the verticals on the table saw and the tins slide in and out like a drawer.

I cut the slots first on a wide board, then cut it to size afterwards. In that way I was assured that the lefts and rights line up.

I made several holders in a morning and had them filled in the afternoon.

Here is the loaf tin:

Strong and light, but not perfectly corrosion resistant. The zinc plating is a bit thin, But I only see small spots of rust. But this is much more rugged than the plastic trays out there.

- Cooler

Ooh very nice! I used the same workflow for creating a similar shelf for organizer compartments, cut-in-half school pencil boxes, and drawer dividers. But I have not considered the bread tins – yes, rugged and cheap, drawer style, and single-compartment. Those would slide very nicely. I will surely be using those in the future instead of some of the deeper boxes I was planning on building. Thanks for the tip and link. When you said bread tins for $0.88, I was thinking foil, but those are solid rugged tins.

I m assuming spray paint would help prevent rust.

- Keith Kelly

1. They are probably strong enough to stand on if you turn them upside down. Certainly strong enough for parts.
2. The amount of rust is minimal and I would not paint them. I think paint would make the sliding less slick.
3. There is nothing for the price that approaches this value.
4. I also got a couple of “large muffin” tins that are pretty ideal for small parts. Sturdy and cheap.

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