Easy Hardware Storage Bin System for Your garage or Workshop

You can buy all sorts of plastic bins to organize the items in your garage. They’re not cheap and, once you’ve bought a few pieces, you’re locked in to that system. If you want flexibility and to save a heap of money, these DIY hardware storage bins are perfect for you.  Like many of the projects we share, these boxes use scrap materials from your previous woodworking projects, Intro2 You can store and organize different items in your garage using this simple system. The boxes are hung on the wall using French cleats, allowing you to easily remove and rearranged boxes. You can also label and colour code each boxes to ensure that the right items goes into the right box. Get even smarter and paint the fronts with DIY chalkboard paint! Intro1 There are various ways to accomplish this project, and we would like to know your suggestions on how this can be improved. Materials:

  • 3/8″ Plywood
  • 1/4″ Plywood
  • 3/4″ Pine Board
  • 5/8″ Brads
  • 1” Screws
  • Wood Glue


  • Table Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Power Drill/Driver
  • Level
  • Spray Paint

Cut The Materials For The Boxes Start by cutting a 3/8″ plywood into 3 1/4″ wide strips using a table saw. This will be used as the sides for the boxes. This hardware storage system has 20 small boxes and four large boxes. Cut the 3 1/4″ strips according to these sizes: For the front of the small boxes cut the 3 1/4″ strips to 5″ wide, for the larger boxes 10″ wide, and for the sides of both large and small boxes cut 3 1/2″ wide. For the bottoms of the small boxes cut 1/4″ plywood to 5″ square, and for the larger boxes cut 5″ x 10″. The bottom of the boxes will 3/4″ behind the box for it to hang properly against the wall. FC3PMCLHR4SU45U.LARGE F0XC0MKHR4SU45W.LARGE   Box Assembly To assemble the boxes you will need wood glue and brads. The glue is what mainly holds the pieces together. The brads clamps the pieces together while the glue is still wet. Repeat the steps until you get the right number of boxes. Assembly2 Assembly Assembly3 Cut The Cleats The cleats that will allow you to hang the boxes are made from 3/4″ board. Cut the 3/4″ board into strips of 1 1/2″ wide, and bevel with an angle of 40 degrees. You can do this on a table saw, but you can also use a circular saw with edge guide if you find it easier. You will need 20 strips with 5” length for the small boxes, and another four strips with 10″ length for the back of the large boxes. Use the same strips for the cleats that will be mounted on the wall. You’ll need four strips of 37” in length. Cutting Cleats   Attach The Cleats To The Boxes And Wall Use a few brads to tack the cleats to the back of the boxes. Drill holes in the cleats and countersink so that head of the screws won’t protrude. Fasten the cleats using 1” screws to hold them securely. 1 Mark the points where the cleats will be mounted on the wall using a level. The bottoms of each cleat should be 5” apart, leaving approximately 1 1/2″ between the rows of boxes when mounted. Locate the studs where the cleats will be attached, then drill holes and countersink. The four strips of cleats 37” long are attached to the wall with screws. FQHH8ABHR4SU4A5.LARGE FJE59DNHR4SU4A6.LARGE Paint And Organize! Painting the boxes is optional, but will definitely make them look good, and you can use it as a way of color coding the items in your garage or workshop. Don’t forget to label the boxes to ensure the right items goes into the right box. 2   FB1Q9RCHR3ELJ2A.LARGE

Thanks to Seamster for the brilliant idea. You can find a tutorial on making your own chalkboard paint here





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