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This is an Ikea "SNACK" box hack. A perfect upgrade from that tiny filing box with a flimsy handle that you used as a student; this filing drawer rolls along the ground and can sit unobtrusively under a bench or shelf.

I recently decided that I would transfer all my files to a hanging/suspension system. However, I didn't want a tall 4 drawer filing cabinet, and despite much searching - I found nothing in the UK that fitted my requirements of being low profile, modular and expandable. I discovered several (expensive) "Filing Benches" in the US that looked good, but despite toying with the idea of making something similar - I thought I would leave it to someone with superior woodworking skills.

So this is what I settled on - A very sturdy, mobile filing system made with simple techniques that require very little DIY skill.

Have fun playing with the design - I welcome improvements and suggestions. If you make something similar - I'd be really interested to see your take on it.

Enjoy my first instructable!
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Step 1: Tools Needed

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Drill Bits
Wood Saw
Measuring Tape
Set Square
Wood Glue
Nails (panel pins)

Step 2: Materials Needed

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33mm x 33mm Wooden Baton
(this is a standard size in the UK - i'm sure something similar can be substituted)

Cut four 255mm lengths :
- Measure & mark batons with measuring tape, pencil and set square.
- Affix batons to solid surface with two clamps - I used the edge of my kitchen table, but whatever you use will get damaged.
- Cut batons to length using wood saw.

Assorted Screws

"RILL" castors from Ikea

20mm x 4mm Steel Rod
(I bought 2 x 2metre lengths which allows me to make 3 boxes with some spare)

"SNACK" box from Ikea (56cm x 37cm x30cm)

Step 3: Construct "SNACK" box

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Skillfully assemble your "SNACK" box as per mr. Ikea's instructions.

You can paint the plywood first if you want.

If you're feeling strangely peckish - you can have a snack of some description, maybe even a cup of tea. :)
TN7771 year ago
This is a fantastic first instructable. My first was AWFUL.
alanemartin3 years ago
Another thought...drill the through-hole at the bottom of the slot, then saw down each side. The waste should fall right out.
Finally a use for things from Ikea. And somewhere to organise my paperwork. Good work!
colinquerty6 years ago
Brilliant! Nice idea n v clear instructiones.
KoalaElf (author)  colinquerty6 years ago
Thanks for your comment Colin, you are officially my first commenter on Instructables. _
ellarodgers6 years ago
Hi Koala! I've made one and it will probably make me (bit) more organised! Thanks for the Instructable. from Ella
KoalaElf (author)  ellarodgers6 years ago
I'm glad it was of use to you Ella, good luck with the being organised bit (thats the part I always struggle with!)