Parts Case Freedom

If you’re anything like me you are constantly looking to tweak your work space to be more efficient and organized. For years I have had about 8 parts cases stacked on various shelves around my shop, constantly pulling and lifting to get the case I want because it never seemed to be on the top of the pile. I decided it was time to dedicate some space to these cases and get them floating.

First off I measured my available shelving space and found that I could fit two cases side by side with a support down the middle of my 36 inch cabinet box; this couldn’t have worked out more perfectly and totally by chance. I then cut a piece of particle board to the desired depth and the height of the cabinet on the table saw. I squared this up and pre-drilled it before screwing it in place.

Squaring up the middle divider and securing

Following that I ripped a 1×2 in half and cut a bunch to the length of the center divider. I used 1×2 because they were cheap and I had a couple on hand but you could use any dimensional lumber and cut to the size you require. I pre-drilled all the screw holes at a decent distance from the ends to limit splitting (a few split but not enough to be unusable).

pre-drilled hanging strips

I put the first case on the bottom shelf and shimmed the next one with some 1/8th inch plywood. from there I measured to the small tabs sticking out on the sides of the case and added a 1/4 inch to be safe. This gave me enough room to easily pull out the above case without interfering with the one below.

Shimming and measuring the gap so the cases don’t interfere with each other.

then I marked that height on both sides of the opening and squared the strips using a speed square and secured them with 1 1/4 inch drywall screws. For light duty applications such as this drywall screws work well and are cheap. I continued with the shim measurement system for the next box up until I ran out of vertical space. I then continued to the next side of the shelf.

Installing the strips square to the cabinet
Hanger strips installed on one side

In total I fit 4 short and 3 tall boxes in a 36×15 cabinet and I probably have enough room for another tall box. The ease of removing only the one I need has been well worth the effort and would not hesitate to do it again. This project would cost very little if you can find the right cabinet to work with (my neighbour gave me this one) and will improve your work experience immensely. See below for a list (and some affiliate links) of what I used to make this project happen and let me know if you decide to tackle this for yourself!

The finished product with room for one more tall bin

Heavy Duty 20 Bin Portable Parts (Nuts, Bolts, etc.) Storage Organizer Case with Built-in Carrying Handle

DEWALT DWHT46031 Aluminum 7-inch Premium Rafter Square

SNUG Fasteners (SNG438) 215 Qty 8 x 1-1/4″ Sheetrock Drywall Screws – Phillips Bugle Head with Coarse Thread

Makita CT225R 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit (2.0Ah)

Counter sink drill bit