I’ve accumulated a lot of screws, nails, nuts washers, you name it over the years. Every time I buy more I just throw them on one of my shelves in my garage. It got to a point where I had so many little packages that I couldn’t even keep track of what I had. This past weekend I finally got around to organizing and categorizing them and built this nifty DIY small parts organizer using IKEA REJSA boxes. It works perfectly for my needs and could be very easily modified for more or fewer cubbies. If you’re interested in making one of your own read on! While I use mine for storing screws, nuts and washers, there are so many additional uses for this small parts organizer. You could even make it look much less utilitarian with a pretty paint job, some contact paper or a stained finish.
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(1) 1×8 x 10′ board
Tung Oil (optional)
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Step 1 – Cut the 1×8 board
I used a single 10′ 1×8 board to build the wooden organizer. A full cut list is provided in the build plans. Direction on how to to download the build plans are above.
Step 2 – Assemble the Cubbies
Use wood glue and clamps to assemble the inner cubby structure.
Step 3 – Attach the Back
Use wood glue and brad nails to attach the back board.
Step 4 – Attach the Sides
Use wood glue and brad nails to attach the two side boards.
Step 5 – Attach the Top and Bottom
Use wood glue and brad nails to attach the top and bottom boards.
Step 6 – Optional: Finish the Organizer
I used some Tung Oil to bring out the wood grain and provide some protection to the wood. Since this organizer is to store items in my garage I didn’t get fancy with the finish. There are endless options though.
Step 7 – Add a Handle
Since I’ll be moving this around as I’m working, I added a handle to easily carry it. The IKEA REJSA boxes have little rubber feet on the bottom so that stops them from slipping out of the organizer.
Step 8 – Label the Boxes
I’m a little obsessed with organizing so of course I had to add labels. I used my Vinyl cutting machine to cut Vinyl letters but you could also use a Label maker or even just a sharpie to identify what is in each box.
The IKEA REJSA boxes worked perfectly for this project. I now have all of my screws, washers and nuts organized in one place. It’s going to save me a ton of time in the future and I can stop buying stuff that I didn’t realize that I already had. 😉
When I’m not using these items I store the small parts organizer on one of my garage shelves. It’s small enough that it fits perfectly.
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What would you store in this small parts organizer?