Make Your Own DIY Hardware Storage Frame From Scrap Wood
Need somewhere to store your bits and bobs? Make one from an old piece of flatpack.
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Keep misplacing your M3/M4 nuts and bolts or screws? Got some old flat pack furniture lying around? Then solve two problems with one DIY project and turn it into a handy workshop storage device!
Follow this simple guide to find out how.
As you can imagine, you'll need some tools and materials before you get started like any project of this nature.
Materials and gear needed
- Old flat-pack furniture pieces
- Table saw
- Double-edged pull saw
- Plastic bottles for the draws
- Various nuts and bolts
Step 1: Create the shelves
The first step is to take your old door and cut it down to size using a jigsaw or table saw. You'll need a series of equally-sized pieces, as shown in the video.
This particular door is made from MDF, so please ensure you do this in a well-ventillated space and wear respiratory protection.
With that done, take each square of wood, and cut out a series of lines at equal points to one edge of each piece of wood.
With that done, clamp all the pieces together, and lengthen the cuts using a double-edged saw to around half the width of the wood. Next, take a wood chisel and chisel out the wood between each of the cut lines.
These will form one-half of the tongue and groove joints for the piece we'll be assembling.
Step 2: Create the vertical supports for the shelves
With that done, take some more of the scrap cabinet pieces. These will form the sides of the new cabinet.
Mark and cut out a series of double lines to the same dimensions as the square pieces of wood. Extend the lines as needed to around half the width of the piece, and chisel out the centers, as before.
As with the shelves, these grooves will form the other half of the tongue and groove joints when we come to assemble the piece.
Step 3: Assemble the main storage frame
With the main parts now more or less complete, we can begin to assemble the piece. Take the sides you've just made and the shelves you made before.
Line up the slots of the shelves and the walls, and push them together to form a tight fit. If needed, use a rubber or wooden mallet to fully fit the tongue and groove joints together.
Keep adding each of the shelves to the piece as needed.
Step 4: Make the surrounds for the piece
With that frame for the storage piece now complete, we can finish off the piece with some tops and sides. Grab some more of your old cabinet, or door, and trim them down to the same height, width, and depth of the frame.
You'll need two longer pieces and two shorter ones to form the sides and tops of the storage frame respectively. Once done, place them in position against the frame and secure them into place using screws.
First, clamp the sides to the frame, and then use a power drill to first sink pilot holes, and then finally add screw the pieces together. You'll want to secure the corners of each side, and then add some more screws to the central-most shelf of the piece.
If desired, you can add more screws to increase the structural integrity of the piece, but this is not necessary.
With that done, make a series of triangular pieces of wood, and screw these to two corners of one side of the piece, as shown below.
These will form the mounting plates for the piece.
Step 5: Mount your new DIY storage frame to the wall
Before we mount the piece to the wall, first drill a hole through the middle of each triangular mounting plate. Then, decide where you want the frame to be mounted, and mark out the position of the mounting plate holes.
Drill the wall and add wall plugs as needed. Depending on the wall, you may need to use a hammer drill.
With that done, secure your new DIY storage frame to the wall as needed. The piece is quite heavy, so you might want to get some help here.
If you plan to use this piece to store DIY materials, like screws, nuts, etc, you can now mark out the intended contents for each storage cell of the piece.
Now you can, finally, get organized and add your bits and pieces to the frame. You can either pile the pieces directly, or make small "draws" using old plastic bottles, or similar.
If you enjoyed this little DIY project, you may like to make some more cool stuff for your workshop. How about, for example, your own DIY combination table and miter saw?
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