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Sanding Disc Storage

By: John Doyle
This little tower works perfectly. It keeps all the discs I need for my random orbit sander close at hand. But it's footprint is the same as one box of discs.

I have lots of sanding disks for my random-orbit sander, in a variety of different grits. But until recently, the disks would get mixed up, and finding the right one required some searching. I needed a better way to keep all my sanding disks organized and within easy reach, so I came up with the simple sanding disk storage tower you see here. Built from scrap MDF and hardboard, it has seven compartments to organize 5"-dia. sanding disks. Or, as you can see in the inset photo below, you can remove a divider if you need to increase the capacity of a compartment.

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The construction of this storage box is very straightforward. Just cut the sides, top, bottom, and back to size from MDF. Now cut rabbets and dadoes in the sides using the table saw equipped with a dado blade. There’s also a rabbet on the back edge of the top, bottom, and sides to accept the back panel. Then glue all the parts together. Finally, cut the dividers from hardboard to fit in the dadoes in the sides, and slide them in place to complete the organizer.

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Published: Jan. 25, 2018
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