A modular storage system that allows you to put away your tools or repair supplies. These all-purpose storage boxes are great to store anything you have lying around in your garage or workshop. Just fill your box with plumbing or sprinkler parts. Whenever needed, you select your box and take it to your repair job. You’ll know, you have everything within reach. The project consists of 3 large and 2 half-size boxes, 12 in. wide and 12 in. high with resp. 18 in. and 9 in. lengths. You’ll need half-a-sheet of plywood or you can double up, as desired.
The overall length of each bottom is resp. 9 inches or 18 inches, which includes both wood edges that are glued to the plywood. The width is approx. 12 inches, but that will be reduced later on to account for the side slats. After gluing up all the bottom pieces, a 1/8 inch deep rabbet is routed in the wooden edges with a width equal to the thickness of the plywood. All the side slats are now cut to length (9” or 18”) and with the same router set up, a 1/8 inch deep rabbet is routed in each of the two bottom slats, again with a width equal to the thickness of the plywood (image 2). At the end of the day, a small pile of boards has been created.
Use an orbital sander to sand the edge down to the plywood surface. Be careful not to overdo it, because the top veneer on the plywood can be very thin. With the exact height of the plywood side panels calculated, they are cut back to their final height on the table saw.
The Box Handles
With all the individual parts ready, we start by gluing together the three plywood panels and the two bottom side slats. An extra side slat is temporarily put on top of the setup, to stabilize and to keep everything square. Once the glue has dried, the remaining side slats are added.
Not absolutely necessary, but one large and/or two smaller ones are quite convenient and they look great! Just glue a few ½ in. thick boards together and cut them to fit your boxes. Two thin slats on the bottom will hold them straight, when placed on top of the crate.
The crates are 12 in. wide, 12 in. high and resp 18 in. or 9 in. long. Half-a-sheet of plywood is needed for the plywood panels.
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Weekend Project – Storage & Moving Crates