Shop Shifting #6: Organizer Organizer

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Blog entry by sras posted 05-11-2020 03:06 PM 681 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Adding a personal touch (the fun part!) Part 6 of Shop Shifting series Part 7: Upgrade Lumber Storage »

I’ve fallen behind on these updates. This project was completed almost 5 years ago. Time flies …

I chose Harbor Freight’s parts storage case to organize my small parts (bolts, nuts, screws, nails, knobs…)

I then designed a cabinet to organize the storage cases (an organizer for my organizers).

I had a supply of 3/4” cabinet plywood leftover from my shop cabinet project.

My first pass used 1/4” shelves, but they were sagging under the weight. Updated the design, repurposed some of the parts and went with 3/4” thick shelves.

The shelves are set back to provide better access to the handles.

I needed support at each side of the shelf. Since I planned on trimming the plywood edges with cherry I figured it would be easier to build up the corners instead of cutting notched out centers.

I glued the shelf extensions to the trim piece first.

I then trimmed them to the proper width.

Glued them in place.

Added center trim.

A little side note – I use pieces of bicycle inner tube to make my own edge band clamps instead of buying these…

Lay the tube across the edge band.

Clamp the tube with a spring clamp.

Pinch the tube to the sides of handles of the spring clamp with one hand.

With the other hand open the clamp and push down to put tension on the inner tube and release the clamp.

Back to the build. Trim added to the front of the shelf extensions and the case.

I had just enough cherry plywood to make doors.

I used a french cleat to hang the organizer on the wall. I thought the weight was enough for two cleats, but the second cleat had just the slightest gap (1/32”?) and added no support. The top cleat seems to be sufficient.

The doors were mounted with piano hinges and held closed with magnetic catches.The organizer cabinet helped me clear up a lot of clutter of various storage bins scattered around the shop.

And looks good too!

I posted this as a project here .

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 05-11-2020 03:26 PM

Looks like a great solution. I’ve settled on the harbor freight organizers as well. I often see the tips of the spring clamp slipped inside of the ends of the inner tube to make it more of a one handed operation. Have you tried that method or is this a rare enough glue up that you don’t want to dedicate certain spring clamps to the task? I still need to get some kind of a shelf/storage cabinet put together and hung in the shop. I have a half dozen of those harbor freight containers in a stack at the lesser used end of my miter station/workbench.

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#2 posted 05-11-2020 03:33 PM

Hi grantd,

I’ve never tried inserting the tube into the ends of the clamps. I use my spring clamps all the time and only occasionally need the edge clamp solution.

I use that cabinet all the time – one of my better shopupgrades!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-11-2020 03:59 PM

Nice build along.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-11-2020 03:59 PM

I really like what you have done here. I need to do the same I have a lot of assorted screws and hardware.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 05-11-2020 04:04 PM

Man, Steve, that sure beats the heck out of those little plastic drawers.

Beautiful build.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-11-2020 04:24 PM

Thanks! Every now and then I wonder if I’m going to need to build another one…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 05-11-2020 10:41 PM

Nice design and good use of space. I built one to hold various stile organizers. I have several kinds. Husky, Dewalt 2 sizes, Milwaukee and various Stanley’s 2 sizes. I should take some pictures and post. I do need another one though. Dan

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#8 posted 05-11-2020 10:48 PM

I’m hoping I can limit my hardware accumulaiton to fit within the cabinet. I have one that is still empty…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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