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My shop is small, and all prime real estate has gone to new woodworking tools. When I finally realized it was time to get all the other stuff organized, I came up with a simple but inelegant storage idea. I bought a few milk crate type boxes, and turned them into sliding storage bins. The crates have a nice lip at the top, so all I needed to do was rout ledges in two 2x3 boards to make supports for the crates to side in,  and attach them under shop tables. Now I have large out-of the-way storage bins that can slide in and out as drawers, or be removed and carried to work locations. One is where I keep vacuum and clean up tools, another is for finishing supplies. A lot better than keeping this stuff on the floor.
<p>I worked for a medical device manufacturer who used a similar box in the clean room (with a bottom). Because of quality and cleanliness issues they would throw them away on a regular schedule.I would wait at the back door and grab all that I could (a lot with everyone else). My garage is full of them ...full.</p><p>If anyone lives near such a company, they should check the dumpsters regularly.</p><p>Keep away from scrap parts though; they will come after you if you attempt to take any of that stuff.</p>
<p>Dumpster diving can be a gold mine at many companies. A friend of mine worked in R&amp;D at a manufacturing company. He collected a lot of equipment and stainless fasteners from projects that did not work out.</p>
<p>It's amazing what simple storage ideas are thought up in this community for real! Thanks for sharing!</p>
Smart Idea!!
Thanks.<br><br>Well, I had the bin and things to store. But sometimes small things fall thru the holes in the bin!
<p>Just line the bottom of the bin with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.</p>
<p>Thanks; I soon realized the obvious and did something like you suggest.</p>
Nice work, Bill. I use PET bottles for little parts, as washers, screws, nuts, nails, etc. <br> <br>Occasionally I must change them for larger containers, like those for 5 or 8 liters of water. Wires are a special case, too.
I like it... Real estate in my shop is very limited as well... I have used crates in the past, and they do work well, but the holes in the crates are so awkward. I at least place hardboard iN the bottoms and sometimes the sides. <br> <br>Nice work!

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