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How to Build a DIY Scrap Wood Holder

Need a place to store your scrap wood for future projects? This DIY scrap wood holder is perfect for your garage or workshop, so you can keep everything out of the way and organized for your next project.

This project is made from ¾-inch plywood and consists of a base, two sides, four walls, and several optional dividers. One 4x8 sheet is enough to create everything except the base, which I created by joining some scrap pieces with pocket holes, screws, and glue.

Cut List & Template

  • ¾” Plywood Base – 1 @ 34 ½” W x 24” D
  • ¾” Plywood Back Wall – 1 @ 34 ½” W x 36 ½” H
  • ¾” Plywood Middle Wall – 1 @ 34 ½” W x 25 3/8” H
  • ¾” Plywood Middle Wall – 1 @ 34 ½” W x 16 5/8” H
  • ¾” Plywood Front Wall – 1 @ 34 ½” W x 8 ¾” H
  • ¾” Plywood Sides – 2 @ 25 ½” W x 36 ½” H
  • ¾” Plywood Dividers – 2 @ 7” D x 1 ½” H

Steps for Building DIY Scrap Wood Storage

Step 1: Drill Pocket Holes

  • To get started first drill pocket holes along the front and back edges of the base. These will be used to connect the front and back wall to the edges of the base.
  • The two middle walls will set on top of the base.
  • To create a connection method for the middle walls, drill pocket holes along the bottom edge of each board.

Step 2: Apply Wood Glue

  • Next, apply wood glue to the front wall and attach it to the edge of the base using 1¼-inch pocket hole screws.
  • Apply glue to the back wall and secure it against the back edge of the base using 1¼-inch pocket hole screws.
  • Apply glue to the side edge of the front and back walls and the base. Position the first sidewall in place, adjusting the front and back wall to sit flush with the edges of the side.

Step 3: Secure the Sides

  • Secure the side using a pneumatic nailer and 1½-inch nails.
  • Flip the assembly and repeat to attach the remaining side with glue and nails.

Step 4: Stand it Upright

  • Stand the assembly upright.
  • Apply glue to the side and bottom edges of the tallest remaining wall.
  • Stand the wall in place. Adjust the wall to stand plumb, and then nail through the side walls and into each edge.

Step 5: Drive in the Screws

  • Finish by driving screws down through the pocket holes and into the base. Repeat to attach the remaining wall.

Step 6: Install the Dividers (Optional)

  • To install the optional dividers, nail through the shortest wall and into the divider. If the spacing is too tight for a nailer to fit behind the taller wall, drive a screw at an angle through the wall and into the back of the divider.

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