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.


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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