Over the last few years I've worked as a rafting guide, we've gone through at least two different silverware storage and organization systems. The first was haphazard. The second was organized but, despite some calling it "The Quicksilver," required an unacceptable amount of time and effort to retrieve silverware. I sought a better solution. A solution that required close to no time or effort. This Instructable is about that search. This project (finally) puts the quick in Quicksilver.
Having said all that, and even though this project is crafted from high-resolution components and seems final, I would still categorize it as a prototype. There's a lot I learned throughout the creation that I would alter or replace in the next iteration. I don't know when or if that next iteration will take place, but I wanted to share this stepping stone because it's still a neat way to store silverware for rafting trips.
The final product holds plenty of forks, knives, and spoons in a spring-loaded tray for easy access and also hides a cavity underneath to store can openers, corkscrews, and the like. All contained in a 50 cal ammo can, the standard for miscellaneous rafting storage.
For this Instructable, I'm going to share the steps to make each individual part, and then have a final assembly at the end with good photos, at which point you can tighten all the nuts and bolts and lock washers down to their full tightness.
Step 1: Supplies & Tools
- 50 cal ammo can
- zinc plated punched steel angle
- punched flat steel bar
- 12 x 24 x .03" steel sheet
- lock washers
- rubber U-channel (McMaster)
- silver spray paint
- machine screws
- springs (Serv-a-lite #11 conical)
- adhesive rubber feet/stoppers (to keep the springs from bending incorrectly)
- punch or drill/drill press
- sheet metal shear/angle shear