Assemble the tower sides, top, bottom and back by driving three 50mm particle-board screws through the sides and into each edge of the top and bottom. Work on a flat floor where you have plenty of space. Drive a couple of screws through the back into the cleats near the middle of the tower, to prevent the sides from bowing. Pre-drill the screw holes with a 3mm bit to ensure you don’t split the thin 12mm cleats (Diagram 1).
The towers are set on frames made from 90 x 45mm LOSP pine. If you stand the plywood tower directly on a concrete floor, it’ll absorb moisture and the plywood will swell. Make the frame the same width as the tower (600mm) but narrower front-to-back (250mm) to give a toe-kick. Screw the frame members together with 75 x 10g screws. When you’re done, mount the tower on the frame and attach it to your wall studs, using 50 x 8g screws.
Space additional towers at least 600mm apart. Then screw the cleats, dowels and other types of supports to the outside faces of the sides to support more shelves and other storage devices. If you space the towers more than 600mm apart, add centre bracing – otherwise the shelves may sag when loaded up with heavy items.
Build the bins to fit between the cleats. Diagrams 2, 3 and 4 show three handy, easy-to-build bins. Cut in a few handholds and you can carry what you want to where you want it. Insert a dowel through the ends of a bin and you have a tote you can carry with one hand. Set dividers through the bin and, for the first time in years, you’ll be able to find those nails or screws when you need them.
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