This project was a long time coming. I’ve been working on variations of this idea since Laura Kampf posted her Laura’s New Storage video. Her storage rack allowed her to organize her stuff without removing anything from view. For a long time, I’ve been putting off the construction of shop cabinets out of fear that I will forget what I have and lose track of items. I’m already a forgetful person, even when everything is easy to find. Laura’s storage rack is made of metal and welded together. This is a great idea; metal is strong and doesn’t take up a lot of room. I, however, don’t have a welder in the shop, so I had to use wood.
The cabinet carcass is made from 3/4″ plywood for strength. I joined the corners using rabbets and dadoes. This allows the top and bottom pieces to run the full length of the case, and it locks them in place better than a simple butt joint. The cleats that hold up the boxes are just strips of cheap 1/2″ plywood that I had lying around. I cut these about 1″ thick and used glue and brad nails to hold them in place. I made my cabinet a little longer than necessary and added some shelves at the end to hold my sanders and trim router.
For the containers, any clear container will work, but I used shoe boxes from The Container Store. These are available in a 20-pack for $33 but were on sale at the time for $28. If you don’t have a Container Store near you, these clear boxes from Amazon.com are roughly the same size.
Right now, the cabinet sits under my old bench. I can see everything stored inside, but those items are out of the way and protected from dust. Eventually, this storage rack will go over my new miter saw station, as soon as I get around to building it.
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