Picture of Simple Shop Storage Bins
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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.

It's amazing what simple storage ideas are thought up in this community for real! Thanks for sharing!

BigMrTree2 years ago
Smart Idea!!
Bill WW (author)  BigMrTree2 years ago

Well, I had the bin and things to store. But sometimes small things fall thru the holes in the bin!

Just line the bottom of the bin with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.

Bill WW (author)  kygabaldon1 year ago

Thanks; I soon realized the obvious and did something like you suggest.

rimar20002 years ago
Nice work, Bill. I use PET bottles for little parts, as washers, screws, nuts, nails, etc.

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.

Nice work!