So i was just about to go out and buy one of those plastic component storage boxes, but i saw a pile of cardboard lurking in the corner of my room. I'm pretty sure there was a light-bulb above my head at this point. And since i hate public transport with a passion i decided i would try to make one before i sat in a bus full of old people for an hour.
It was pretty easy to make, the hardest part were the measurements, but I've done that for you now :)
Now its really easy to find what i want fast, also being able to see all the components makes it easier to think of ideas !
Step 1: Get Some Cardboard !
Everyone has some laying around.
If you dont have any:
- Ask freinds
- Ask in shops
- Look behind shops
- Ask at supermarkets
- Ask Parents
- Go to recycling center
- Ask anywhere that sells things, they will have some
Step 2: Cut Out the Shapes
For the box you need
2 Long Sides
For the internal separators you can make as many as you want
Sizes are on the pictures.
Step 3: Glue the Box
I used a hot glue gun as i have found this to work very well with cardboard, PVA glue or superglue would work well too. I suppose you could even tape it together.
First glue the bottoms of the sections and hold them in place until they dry, I started with the ends and then did the sides. Once they are in place and dry, you can add extra strength by applying more glue to the corners (as seen in last pic)
Step 4: Make the Dividers
First i put two long dividers in the box and then worked out where i wanted the smaller ones to go, once i had decided i marked it with pencil and cut slots in the small and large dividers.
Repeat this process until you have enough dividers
I decided i wanted a large section to hold the bigger components so i cut a 1/3rd off one of the smaller dividers and only made one slit.
Step 5: Add a Lid
The lid is the same size as the base, 12x8 Inches
I used a thinner type of cardboard for the lid, it looked nicer.
If you have any magnets it would be cool to make a magnetic lid,
I have some on the way but they are not here yet.
Attach the lid to the box using duct-tape
Step 6: Add Components
Whilst doing this i found loads of things i diddnt even know i had !
Step 7: Finished !
Make something awesome !
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