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Under Cabinet Hardware Storage f like to keep screws, nails, and other small hardware items organized, but also handy. The problem I had was the growing number of bins and boxes cluttering up my workbench. Ajid what's worse, they were getting covered in sawdust.

I solved all the problems by replacing the hardware bins with small plastic food


#6x V/A" F h woodscrew containers. To get them off the bench and keep them close at hand, 1 made a simple runner system (photo below).

As you can see in detail 'a,' a hard-board strip catches the lip on the container and acts as a drawer runner. The strip is attached to a mounting cleat that provides clearance for the container and the lid underneath the cabinet.

My new runner system keeps those small parts well organized and in one location. Now, my hardware parts are readily available whenever I need them.

Thomas Edwards Pulh/alhip, Washington

Roller for Sheet Goods Bin

To save space in my shop, 1 like to store sheet goods on edge. Hie problem is that their weight makes it hard to move them in and out of the stack, and their edges can get damaged easily.

My solution is what you see in the drawing on the right. I added a roller to the front of the plywood bin. A length of PVC pipe spins freely on a VV'-dia. black pipe. Tire black pipe is held in place by brackets attached to the feet of the bin.

With this roller, I can now slide sheet goods in and out of the storage bin without damaging their edges.

Carter Holmes Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

V-dia. PVC pipe

7 fa"-deep frame provides space for plans and manuals

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Peg board Storage

When space is as limited as it is in my shop, you just can't let any go to waste. You have to be creative in looking for more storage. And sometimes that extra storage is staring you right in the face.

For several years, I've had a large pegboard panel attached to my shop wall. It has served me well over the years, holding my hand tools and keeping them within easy reach.

HIDDEN SPACE. One day, I noticed the space behind it. Initially, the panel was attached to the wall with spacers to give the brackets room to be easily inserted into the peg-board. By taking those spacers out and replacing them with a narrow frame, 1 could gain some valuable storage space for all the woodworking plans, owner's manuals, and sheets of sandpaper that collect in my shop (see photo).

BUILDING THE DOORS. The drawing below shows how I built the unit. First, I cut the pegboard in two for the doors. Then, to give each piece more rigidity, I added a hardwood frame around the inside edges of these new doors.

FRAME IT. Next, I built a simple frame out of "two-by" stock. Before mounting the frame to the wall,

I cut mortises for the hinges and notches for supports that will hold the paper items in place. Then, I attached it to the shop wall.

Next, I added the doors to the hinges already installed on the frames. Now, I have one central easy-to-reach location for all my shop paperwork.

Gus Cat Iter man Meridian, Idaho

Frame screwed securely to wall over workbench

Upper shelf

M* 3/4* Ph woodscrew

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