In my last post, I mentioned the obstacles I needed to overcome before really beginning my new project.
Here’s one of them:
When I put the first tool in this drawer it wasn’t a problem. Or the second tool.
But, eventually, it became a problem. A super annoying problem. Not only can I not tell which tool I’m grabbing out of the drawer, the handles get stuck in the area above the drawer and, quite effectively, “lock” the drawer shut. Requiring all sorts of mechanizations for me just to open the drawer — mechanizations which usually end up in blood loss and amazing amounts of profanity.
This has been driving me bonkers for years.
But I didn’t want to spend any money on a “pliers rack” so I started googling DIY solutions. Fortunately, I found Embergrass Jewelry’s mat board “triangular” solution.
Not having any mat board, I opted for cardboard. I always have boxes lying about and it seemed like an easy “what free materials will I use” solution.
I was ready to start cutting/folding when I noticed the highlighted piece.
Perfect! Very little cutting and it’s pre-folded (meaning, less work for me and inevitably straighter fold lines).
Now, because I know my propensity for knocking things off the edges of other things and just knocking things over in general, I made two modifications to Embergrass’ design: 1) End stops; and 2) Weight.
The extra bits of cardboard are my “end stops” and the pennies? Those are my super cheap (and favorite) means of adding weight to a project.
I glued the pennies in place, but not wanting to wait for the glue to dry — nobody ever wants to wait for the glue to dry — I added a layer of tape.
Then I sealed the whole bit up with tape.
And then it was time for, you guessed it, some Mod Podge and some pages from an old, unimportant (yes, I checked, I always check) book. I believe I paid $0.50 for the book (thank you, Thrift Shop).
After I covered the entire piece with book pages, I hit it with some stain and paint and presto-chango, a sturdy, weighted, DIY Plier Rack — for pennies.*
*ya see what I did there?