Cardboard Mini Storage

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Introduction: Cardboard Mini Storage

Doing some electronic projects recently I run out of space for storing scraped electronics. So I thought why not make some myself. This mini storage is very simple and easy to make. In the next steps, I will show you how you can make one for yourself.

Step 1: Step 1: Tools and Materials

For this project, I used an old shipping box. All you need for this project is:

  • ruler,
  • a pencil,
  • fiber-tip pen,
  • box cutter,
  • exacto knife (optional),
  • glue gun and
  • a cardboard box (or any cardboard)

NOTE: If you're a minor or never used a glue gun before, please ask someone for helpbecause the glue can be very hot and you could hurt yourself.

I like to cut the box in smaller pieces so its easier to work with.

Step 2: Step 2: Making Compartments

Using the template you could outline a piece of cardboard. Then, using a box cutter or exacto knife, cut out the pieces. I recommend using a ruler to guide your knife. Simply align the ruler with the drawn-out line and cut alongside. It's easier and gives a clean and straight cut. When it's all cut out its time to glue everything together with a glue gun.

Use the "BOTTOM" piece as the base. First, glue the two "SIDE" pieces on to the "BOTTOM" piece. Glue the "BACK" and "FRONT" pieces on to the U-shaped structure. When the glue cools down you will have a finished compartment. You need nine of those for this project.

Attachments

Step 3: Step 3: Making the Shelve

As in the previous step, you could use the template to outline the shape on the cardboard. Using a box cutter or exacto knife cut out the shape. Again, I recommend using a ruler to guide your knife. Try to cut as exact as possible, especially the middle parts, because there are were the shelves, will be joined together.

After cutting everything, assemble the pieces. If you cut it correctly the pieces should join easily.

You could glue everything together if you like. I didn't do it because it vas a very nice fit and I will glue them later on.

NOTE: The joining cuts are based on the thickness of the cardboard that I used. If you're using another cardboard you will need to make some adjustments.

Step 4: Step 4: Making the Enclosure

In this step, we will outline and cut side panels, top and bottom panel, and back panel for the enclosure. Using the templates outline the shape of panels, and cut them precisely as possible. The blue lines in the template represent where you should glue the shelves on the panels. Again, I strongly recommend using the ruler to guide your cut. When you cut everything out you should have shapes like in the pictures.

In the next step, we will glue everything together.

Step 5: Step 5: ​Assembling Everything

Now its time to glue everything together.

First glue the left and right panels, and then the top and bottom panels. Use the blue lines from the template to figure out where to glue the shelves. In the end, glue the back panel.

All that's left to do is to put the boxes inside and you have your mini storage compartment.

You could use it for storing jewelry, electronic components or some other small items.

Thank you for reading. This is my first instructable so I would appreciate any suggestions. If you have any questions please feel free to comment.

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12 Comments

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LenHalle
LenHalle

12 months ago

I made something similar for storing my clothes back in my ‘starving grad students days only without the sliding boxes. This is a fabulous idea and I’m going to make one to store crafting supplies in. I intend to try cutting a ‘window’ in the fronts of the boxes and ‘installing’ (aka glueing) clear paper protectors or sheets of acetate as windows. If that doesn’t work, I’ll use photos of the contents as described by Agymay07 in a comment here.

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WUVIE
WUVIE

1 year ago on Step 5

Love it! As someone who adores card catalogs and apothecary cabinets, this is right up my alley!

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agymay07
agymay07

1 year ago

Exactly what I need! I've got loads of "fun" jewellery that need a good home. I'd prefer to store it in a see-through container; however, as I don't use plastic your carton box looks ideal. I plan to stick the photos of what's inside of the each compartment on its front. I'll probably decorate it as well :) Thank you, Amir! Good luck with your future projects!

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Amir Alibegović
Amir Alibegović

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you for support, really appreciate it.

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khparker154
khparker154

1 year ago on Step 5

Really nice idea. I want to make one. Well done!

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Amir Alibegović
Amir Alibegović

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you for your support. I am glad that you like the idea.

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HarryJ5
HarryJ5

1 year ago on Step 5

Svaka čast na kreativnosti, jednostavno i jeftino... dao sam klincima u školi za raditi.
Hvala, lijep pozdrav
Harry Jeleć

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Amir Alibegović
Amir Alibegović

Reply 1 year ago

Hvala puno na podršci. Drago mi je da Vam se sviđa i da se može iskoristiti.
Lijep pozdrav

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

1 year ago

Great idea! I was considering making one out of wood, but bought one because it seemed like too much work. But this looks much simpler.
The only downside seems like you just can't see what's inside, but it looks strong enough.

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Amir Alibegović
Amir Alibegović

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you for your support. I understand that it's not very practical if you can't see what's inside, but you could always label the front side or drave some symbols to make it easier to get around.

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

1 year ago

Nice job putting this together and the directions are very clear :)

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Amir Alibegović
Amir Alibegović

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you. Really appreciate it :)