High-Rise Dowel Storage

Organize all the far-ung sticks, dowels and molding scraps in your shop with one 10-ft. length of 3-inch square plastic down-spout.

dowel storage

Organize all the far-ung sticks, dowels and molding scraps in your shop with one 10-ft. length of 3-inch square plastic down-spout ($6 at home centers). Cut two 30-inch pieces to hold uncut dowels, two 20-inch pieces to store cut-offs, and two 8-inch pieces for shorter stubs. With a jigsaw, cut away the top 8 in. on one side of the 30- and 20-in. pieces so you can slide sticks in and out more easily. Glue the downspout pieces together with contact cement, then screw together a bottom from 1/2-inch plywood and 1x2s to form a curb. Attach the curb to the downspouts with 3/4-in. sheet metal screws. Screw the whole unit to a shop wall, and put your sticks in order.

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