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    Interlocking Storage Divider Strips

    I have reached that brief but joyful place where I have drawers that have little to nothing in them. They are this way since I cannot decide exactly what I am going to use them for. To avoid 'analysis unto paralysis' syndrome, I needed an easy, temporary method of trying things out. I salvaged the ply back off of a really old bookcase. It has been laying around waiting to be useful.

    I ripped the skinny 3/16" ply onto 1" strips.

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    I add a sacrificial fence to the sled . . . yes I have an i-Box but, this sort of thing is outside its design parameters. No matter, this method is quick and reliable.

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    Set the blade to a smidge over half an inch in height and make a cut in the sac-fence. Slide the sac-fence over the amount you want between slots, clamp it down and add a "key". In this case I am using a setup bar from Lee Valley but any piece of scrap will do.

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    I am going to do about 4 at a time so I even up the ends and tape them into a bundle. I make the first cut about 1/4" from the end. Then I slide over enough to widen the slot to fit the stock; this becomes my initial reference slot.

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    Place the initial slot over the key and reference the right side of the key (viewed from the operator's position), make a cut, slide the bundle over a smidge to reference the left side of the key and complete the slot.

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    Do this till you run out of material and you get these.

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    Now you can cut them to whatever length you need and move things around, changing easily till things stay put for awhile . . . "awhile" is however long it takes you to decide that the organizer's compartments are the right shape and so forth.

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    Once you are sure you are happy, you can make a permanent organizer or just use the temporary ones if they are stout enough for the job. If the temp strips are going to stay I cut out a piece of shelf liner, double tape it to the drawer bottom and drop the organizer back in. If I decide I want to reorganize I just reuse or toss the strips since the material was free and I made a bunch of them in just a few minutes.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-12-2013 at 02:57 AM. Reason: sp
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    good use of scrap, and a neat way to reconfigure to decide what works best.. i got to many empty drawers and am looking forward tot he time when i can do what you are doing organize them into usefull storage.. you could grab dad and hop a plane and come over here to help me out glenn.. we got room for you two
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    Fantastic idea and execution. I've got a lot of drawers that need this treatment.
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    Thanks Glenn, I have mentally filed away the tip. Hmm, maybe I should write it down somewhere instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    good use of scrap, and a neat way to reconfigure to decide what works best.. i got to many empty drawers and am looking forward tot he time when i can do what you are doing organize them into usefull storage.. you could grab dad and hop a plane and come over here to help me out glenn.. we got room for you two
    That sounds great Larry. Dad and I will be right out . . . oh, wait a minute . . .

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    Hmmm, maybe in the summer
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    Yeah, there's that, Glenn.
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    Thanks for the tutorial, Glenn! I've made a variety of drawer dividers over the years, but your approach makes it much simpler to decide on dimensions before committing to final configuration.
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    well glenn the house and shop is heated so you wouldnt freeze to stiff before we got you in the house or shop seriously you guys need to drop by!!!!
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    Larry,

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