Unistrut Storage Container

Introduction: Unistrut Storage Container

The Unistrut Storage Container can be hung from any Unistrut. It can hold around 80-120 lbs. The pulley system allows for easy access to the container but doesn't take up space on the ground. The following material are:

2 inch Corner Brackets (4): http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-Hardware-2-Inch-Corn...

Aluminum D-RING Locking Carabiner Clips (2): http://www.amazon.com/Makhry-Aluminum-Carabiner-Ke...

Single Wheel Swivel Pulley (2): http://www.amazon.com/CNBTR-Silver-Stainless-Singl...

Double Sheave Pulley (2): http://www.amazon.com/Koch-Industries-3172633-Pull...

48 ft of 1/4 inch Nylon Twisted Rope: http://www.amazon.com/50-Nylon-Twisted-Rope/dp/B00...

3/8inch X 2-1/2inch Galvanized Forged Eye Bolts W/ Shoulder (2): http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-National-Hardware-Ga...

Flat Washer, 5/16 inch by 3/4 inch by 1/16 inch, 1/4 inch bolt (2): http://www.amazon.com/L-H-Dottie-FW14-Diameter-Thi...

Unistrut P1010-EG 1/2" Channel Nut with Regular Spring for all 1-5/8" Strut Channel (2): http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Unistrut-P1010-EG-Ch...

1’ x 6” half-inch plywood pieces (2)

3’ x 6” half-inch plywood pieces (2)

3' X 1' Plexiglass (1)

Piggy Bank Mason Jar Lids (2)

Screws (4 of the same size):

Screws (2 smaller screws for the cleat)

3D Printer

CAD Cleat File: https://grabcad.com/library/marine-deck-slash-doc...

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Step 1: Print the Cleat

Using the 3D printer, print the cleat that will be used to hold the rope later on. Use: https://grabcad.com/library/marine-deck-slash-doc...

Once the cleat is printed, sand it to remove and sharp edges.

Step 2: Unistrut

The Unistrut is the piece that allows the crate to hang from the ceiling. Take the galvanized forged eye bolts with shoulder and attach the flat washer to it. Then twist the piggy bank mason jar lids onto the eye bolts, followed by the Unistrut P1010-EG 1/2" channel nut with regular spring. Then press and twist the Unistrut into the Unistrut track. Repeat this step to make another Unistrut.

Step 3: Drilling

First, using 2 clamps, clamp down an end piece (the smaller one) onto a table. Then, drill a hole all the way through 1 1/4 inch from the bottom and 1/4 inch from the side. Do the same thing on the other end of the wood. Repeat this step until both end pieces have two holes all the way through.

Note: Make sure to fit the drill piece to the screw size.

Step 4: Drilling Continued

Drill and screw in the longer pieces into the shorter ones: drill a pilot hole even with the hole on the smaller piece. Then, clamp the two pieces together onto a table. Using a drill, screw the two pieces together. Repeat with the other two pieces.

Step 5: Corner Brackets

Screw the corner brackets into the bottom corners of the box using the screws that came with the bracket.

Step 6: Drilling Continued

Screw in the last side piece.

Step 7: Attaching the Plexiglass

Place the plexiglass on the bottom side of the box. Lining the drill up to the holes of the corner brackets (below the plexiglass), drill a hole through each of them. Then screw the plexiglass and the corner brackets together using the screws that came with the brackets.

Step 8: Attaching the Carabiners

Put the box on its side so the piece you are drilling in is on top. Then drill a hole halfway and 1 inch from the edge. Then attach the carabiner. Before you lock in the carabiner put a single pulley on either carabiner.

Step 9: Attaching the Cleat

Center the cleat in the middle of the long side of the box. Take the smaller screws and drill the cleat in.

Step 10: Attaching the Rope

Cut the rope into two segments of 25 feet. Tie one end of the rope to the carabiner on a single side. String the rope through the corresponding double pulley in the ceiling. Then string the rope through the single pulley on the crate. String the remaining length through the double pulley and let it hang down. Repeat with the other side. Then attach both of the double pulleys to the Unistruts. Tie a knot at the maximum fall high preferred.

Step 11: Lifting the Box

Pull the rope and tie it off with the cleat at the desired height.

Step 12:

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    Great idea. Ceiling storage would save a lot of space on the floor.