Making the most of your wall space is one of the best ways to optimise your storage so you can really get the most from your space.
In this Instructable, we are going to make some wall storage for spray paint cans. The cans were taking up valuable space on my shelf which could be used for storing other things.
We'll use some scraps of plywood and a few screws in my example. I'm making this on my CNC but you can easily do this with a drill and some forstner bits.
Step 1: Set Up Your Project and Measure Your Subject and Material.
I'm using Easel and my X-Carve for this example but you can make this design in any way you choose.
First we measure one of the cans using some calipers. They come out to just under 66mm (around 2.6") in diameter.
Next, measure the material that you're going to use, you'll need this for Easel.
In Easel, I create a new project. In that new project, create a circle to match the size of one of the cans.
Step 2: Creating the Pattern.
With your Circle created, highlight it and click on the Apps tab at the top on the page.
Here are loads of really helpful tools to use within easel. Scroll down until you see the 'Replicator' tool and click on it to open it.
With the tool open, select the amount of rows and columns you need, then set your spacing.
In this project, we are not using the centre distance. It creates a really cool pattern but isn't what we need right now.
I've set mine to 8 columns, 3 rows and 10mm spacing.
Once you're happy with your layout, hit Import and it'll add the arrangement to your project.
Step 3: Adding an Outline.
With your circles in place, Click on the Square tool at the top of the page. This will add a small square at the bottom left corner of your project.
With this square highlighted, use the shape tab on the right to resize the square to fit around the circles comfortably. I've changed mine to 650mm wide by 250mm high.
When sizing your piece, make sure you leave a bit extra either side for the wood you'll be attaching later.
The cutting path doesn't matter too much for this step. Just make sure it cuts all the way through your material.
This is also a good time to add tabs for the outline. I didn't use them on the circles and it worked out just fine.
Step 4: Aligning the Objects.
Next, select all the circles, right-click and choose Combine from the menu. This makes all the circles one big object.
While you've got them selected, make sure your cut path for the circles is set to along the outline. This gives a nice fit with a bit of give so you can get the paint cans in and out easily.
Now highlight the circles and the outline, right click and align the objects Horizontally, then right click again and align them Vertically. This centres them both to each other.
Step 5: Cut It Out and Assemble!
Next, use the settings you like to cut out the project. You should be left with a board with holes in it.
Cut two bits of wood to the height of the board (250mm in this example) and at about 100mm in width. Attach those either side of the holes. This gives the cans enough space to sit in, so they don't fall out.
I then used a thin strip at attached to the back of the board so I can attach it to my tool wall. You can attach it to wherever you like using which ever method you like. Just make sure it is nice and secure.
Then pick up all those cans of spray paint, put them in your newly created frame and there you have it, you are now one step closer to organisation zen.
Step 6: Thank You!
Thank you for taking a look at my instructable. It's a simple idea but can make a huge difference in your workshop!
This can be adapted and changed to store most items in a workshop. So let me know if you adapt it for something else.
I hope you found this helpful and I want to hear from you if you make it!
You can find me on Instagram and YouTube as George Made This.
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