Kitchen cabinet organizer boxes
The space under a kitchen cabinet corner is a challenge to organize, and mine always turns into a disaster. A carousel might help, but carousels themselves make very inefficient use of space. That, and I'd have to rebuild the cabinets to add one to this corner.
Rachel wanted a better solution for under the counter. A solution I thought of was to have the junk in two boxes, with the first box sliding out, and then the second box sliding nearer for better access to its contents.
But the problem with that scheme is that the larger box would have to be larger would fit through the cabinet door, even at an angle. I thought about assembling the box in place, but that would no doubt involve a lot of cursing!
So I cut the pieces for the boxes from some oak boards that I had sawmilled out of part of one of my neighbour's oak trees.
I resawed it on my table saw, similar to how I cut the wood for my ramekin serving tray.
I had resawed the planks into two layers. Boxes are always limited by the strength of the joints, not the boards. So with very fine box joints, I'd be fine with the thinner wood. I used my screw advance box joint jig to cut joints with fingers 3/16" (4.8 mm) wide.
This part is hopefully the "clever bit". A hook on the rear-most box connects it to the middle box. That way, when the middle box is pulled forward, the rear box comes with it. The front-most box doesn't need to connect with the middle box because the front-most box needs to be removed before the middle box can be pulled forward.
Fortunately, I was able to correct the situation by cutting a slot out of the rear-most box to let it pass around the hinge. For the other boxes, I just cut the front edge a bit lower to pass under it.
With this mistake, my boxes ended up a bit bigger, so I could pretend it was intentional.
Wheels on the bottom of the boxes, maybe like this drawer, would be even better but they take up a lot of space and are a lot of work to add. That, and the boxes need to slide sideways and in and out.
Now the question is, how long will this stay organized? At least, if it turns into a disaster again, it will be easier to get everything out and reorganize.