Desk Caddy

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Keep it together with an organizer you can make from lumber leftovers

When my box of lumber scraps starts to overflow, I’ve got two choices. I can dispose of the excess wood or find a small project to utilize my favorite pieces. The latter option is always preferable, and that’s how this small but useful project came into being. My desk caddy holds the everyday items that otherwise get misplaced in pockets, drawers, and elsewhere throughout the house: loose change, odd screws and hardware items, pens, eyeglasses, my cell phone and a stack of square Post-it notes. The square note pads, which I consume at an astonishing rate, actually dictated the size of the two outer compartments. You could easily adjust the dimensions to suit your particular storage needs.

Building this project is an opportunity to try out a couple of tricks for routing dadoes precisely and making hand-cut dovetails with a shop-made guide. If you’ve got enough wood scraps to make two or three of these organizers, go for it. The jigs will speed your production, and you’ll have some useful gifts for friends or family members.

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