Introduction: Custom Red Cedar Utensil Organizer

About: Welcome to the Hubbard's Handmade Shop, I'm Ryan Hubbard! I LOVE making things in my shop here in Salem, Oregon. I go to my shop and call it my happy place ;) When something breaks around the house I LOVE know…

We had a plastic drawer organizer, but it slid around in the drawer and didn't have enough spaces for different utensils. This organizer was made from only two 1x4x8' red cedar boards with materials left over.

2 Eight foot Red Cedar 1x4 boards (Hardwood dealer)

Wood glue

Silicone kitchen brush

Spray lacquer

Lots of the tools I use can be found here:

Step 1: Prepare Materials

I started by cutting my boards to rough length at the miter saw and cleaning up one edge on the jointer . I knew I was going to resaw the wood, but I find it much easier to do this with shorter boards. The size of your boards will, of course, depend on the drawer it is going in. My drawer is 26" X 24" X 3" deep.

Step 2: Resawing on the Table Saw

My boards were 3/4 inch thick which would just take up too much room in a drawer, and I could make my material go farther by resawing them. I set my table saw fence to cut each board in half right down the middle.

Step 3: Flattening Boards

I am very lucky to have a drum sander , so after the resaw I passed the pieces through to clean them up and make them all the same thickness. You can also do this with a planer and/or handheld random orbit sander. After they were flattened at the drum sander, I glued up several of my boards to make a flat panel for the bottom. I also cleaned this up on the drum sander. Then I trimmed the edges to final size on the table saw.

Step 4: Curved Dividers

The dividers were the same width as the sides, but needed to be smaller because they would sit inside the box. I trimmed them to size on the table saw. I then cut a curve in one divider until I was happy with how it looked. Then I taped all seven boards together and cut them at the same time on the bandsaw. While they were still taped together I cleaned up the curve with sandpaper. That way the curve came out the same on all of them.

Step 5: Box Joints

There are many ways to join the corners. I set up a quick box joint jig on my table saw. There are other tutorials on how to do this. I wanted box joints because they would be strong corners for these thin boards. They also look really good, but unfortunately are hidden in the drawer. I glued everything together and after it was dry, sanded the corners flush. Quick tip: a kitchen silicone brush is perfect for spreading the glue . Its the same silicone as the wood stores sell for 2-3 times as much. Let the glue dry and peel it out of the bristles then reuse.

Step 6: Assembly

After some quick math, I cut a spacer for each slot so they would be evenly spaced. There was some more sanding, breaking and curving all the edges before each divider got glued and nailed in place with a pneumatic pin nailer.

Step 7: Finish

After the final glue up and sanding, I finished it with three coats of spray lacquer . This is a quick finish and easy to get into all the corners, just watch out for the fumes!

Step 8: Final Shots

I'm very happy with how it came out, too bad those beautiful corners are hidden in the drawer!

Step 9: Everything in Its Place!

My wife did the organizing in the end. We are super happy with it! Thanks for looking, good luck with your build!

Step 10: Build Video!

You can watch the build process set to music on my YouTube channel! Please subscribe !

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