Picture of Slat Boxes for Canned Food on Wire Rack
Full-featured custom-sized wooden boxes for the FIFO (first in, first out) storage of my preferred sizes of canned food on a 48"x18" wire rack.

The way I built them, you'll need about 40" of 6x1 (or 24" of 10x1), 90" of 2x6, wood glue, as well as a band saw and a table saw to cut the wood to size, and a pneumatic staple/brad gun for assembly.
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Design

Most of the canned food comes in two sizes of cans:

    2.95" OD x 4.42" H
    4.00" OD x 4.67" H

, so I made the boxes 6" wide, to hold two of the smaller cans side-by-side, and 4.25" wide, to hold a single row of the larger sized cans.

The height of the wider boxes is larger mostly for aesthetics, though when fully loaded, they do weigh more, so the increased moment of inertial (and thus strength) is a plus too.

Step 2: Cut

Picture of Cut
The best method for making the slats is probably to cross-cut the 2x6 into 18" lengths, then rip them into slats using the fence on the band saw. This generates the least waste and gives them a nice rough-hewn finish.

I needed 40 thin slats, 3/16"x1.5"x18", and 20 thick slats, 1/2"x1.5"x18". If some of your slats are slightly thicker than others, sort them by thickness and use ones with similar thickness on the same box.

I also needed 8 small ends, 4.25"x3.75", and 8 large ends, 6"x5.75", which I cut from the 1x10.
KarenZH2 years ago
I love it !!!!!!!
Very nice! And making these yourself guarantees they are the right size :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
These look good. My wife would want little handles on the front though. So if I build some, I better go that route.
These look fantastic - I need something like this for my cabinets :D