Build Sliding Trays To Increase Shop Drawer Storage

Build Sliding Trays To Increase Shop Drawer Storage

Organising workshop tools and materials is a constant struggle. If you have deep enough drawers, you can add sliding storage trays to maximise their capacity.

First, measure your drawers and determine if they are deep enough to accommodate a tray as well as your belongings. It can be helpful to use a schematic program like Sketchup to design your trays and figure out a cut list.

Assemble your sliding trays using 12mm plywood which can be cut with a table saw or circular saw. You’ll need wood glue and brad nails to build the trays and secure the sliding tracks to the drawer. If you have a metal drawer, you could still attach the wood using glue and self-tapping screws. Use a wood lubricant to help the trays slide easier.

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  • Sliding trays are great at maximizing the storage space within drawers. They also encourage easy retrieval of the contents inside. I would use them not only in the garage but also in the kitchen as well where space is highly essential.

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