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Storage Boxes from Scrap – Quick & Dirty

Today I share with you a technique to make multi-compartment trays or even shadow boxes from scrap pieces. With a slight modification, you can also make single storage boxes in large numbers for all your shop organization needs. And if you go that extra mile, you can turn what starts out as a shop project into something beautiful, too!.

You can find more information on determining the sizes required below! If you found this video valuable please share it with as many people as you can find! Thanks for watching, and be Inspired!

How do dimension Storage Boxes

Two things determine the dimension of what storage boxes you can (and should) make. One is the size of your scrap pieces, the other is what you actually want to store in them.

There is no way to influence the size of your scrap pieces (or possibly new stock you might be willing to use). So let us look at how to get from the desired size of the compartment to the actual measurements of the pieces. I drew up this sketch. You need the three dimensions of the desired size (yellow) and the thickness of your stock.

Keep in mind that you can (and should) double and triple C as many times as your stock allows. Do not forget to add the kerf-width as well. You will need to true them up later anyway, so you might as well cut them up then.

dimensions for the storage boxes

How to easily get the measurements you need from the compartment size you want.

What are the limits?

The main limits to what you can make are your clamps and the size of stock you have on hand. The tray design should keep things stable enough for most purposes and sizes. If you want to go really big, I recommend using thicker stock than I did or glue the whole tray onto a board large enough.

If you use this technique to make your own storage boxes or trays, I would love if you took pictures and sent them to me. Thank you for stopping by! And as always, remember to be Inspired!

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