DIY Workshop Storage Bins
The issue of where to store all the little bits and pieces used for DIY is a problem that never seems to go away.
While there’s a wide range of storage options available, all too often they’re not quite the right size or they are laid out in an impractical way.
These bins are fast and easy to make, and have several advantages. As well as being much tougher than plastic storage boxes, they can also be customised to suit your available space and the items that you need to store.
They’re also the ideal way to use up scrap timber, and you can apply the mass-production techniques used to cut the parts to bigger projects later on.
Our storage bins were built from leftovers, so they didn’t cost a thing. But if you’re looking to make them from bought materials, the whole set will only cost you just over $150.
Mass-produce the parts
Begin by measuring the equipment you want to store. Small, basic boxes are ideal for nuts, bolts and screws, plus plumbing and electrical parts. Several wider bins can be used for tubes of silicone and similar items.
Keep the dimensions of the sides consistent to make the cutting and assembly more efficient.
In this workshop, the small boxes are 125mm wide, while the other bin widths are 220, 270 and 340mm, but you can adjust these sizes.
The bins can also be divided into smaller sections by cutting housings in the sides with a trim router and adding removable dividers cut from 3mm thick MDF.
Split battens are used to mount the bins on the wall. A piece is cut to fit each box and attached to the back, so they can be hung separately on the wall batten, making them easy to remove.
Cutting the split battens from pine will leave sharp splintering edges on both pieces. So crank the tablesaw blade back to 0° after they’re split, then trim 3mm off the sharp edge of each batten before cutting to length.