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How to Build a Plastic Tub Storage System

Plastics tubs are great for small-item shop storage. Learn how to make a workshop storage rack to organize plastic tubs.

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workshop storage rack organizes plastic tubs
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Plywood

The storage rack is made of 3/4" plywood, and features casters for easy transport. Cleats inside the rack support tub handles and allow tubs to slide easily into and out of the rack.

Cut the plywood sides of the rack first (the size of the tubs will determine dimension). Mark top and bottom of sides.

Cut equal pieces for top and bottom of the rack then cut 2 cleats for each tub.

Step 2: Attach the Cleats

Attach cleats onto the side of the box. For extra support, use both fasteners and glue. Cleats should be placed in some location on each side so cleats will reside directly opposite one another. Misalignment will prevent the tubs from fitting correctly.

Step 3: Form the Box

Attach the four pieces to form a box (Image 1); cut a 1/4" piece of masonite for the back.

Staple the back to the box. Tack the back down on one side, then the other (Image 2).

Add locking, swiveling casters and decorate the box as desired (Image 3).