How to Build a Scrap Wood Storage Bin - Easy Garage Organization Tips
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How to Make a Useful Scrap Wood Storage Bin

During one of my recent garage cleaning sessions, I stared at a pile of scrap wood and wondered what I could do about it.  The pile of wood scraps was a real eye sore. Yet, I frequently dug through the pile looking for wood scraps for various projects.

Eventually I came up with a solution for my pile of wood scraps. I would make a scrap wood storage bin in the corner of the garage.

Make a DIY scrap wood bin with wasted garage space

Here is a picture of one of the scrap wood piles (yes, there were multiple piles) and it’s lack of a good storage spot:

How to Build a Scrap Wood Storage Bin - Easy Garage Organization TipsPlanning the Scrap Wood Storage Bin

I didn’t put too much extra thinking into the wood bin design since I had a general idea of what I wanted of storage pen to look like. And, I had enough extra scrap wood lying around to make it.

I always like to keep an inventory of 8ft 2x4s on hand, stashed away somewhere in the garage. They are very useful for all sorts of woodworking projects.

Even among random cutoffs, I almost always lean towards the 2×4 ones. The cutoffs are especially useful for building impromptu shelving mounts in the garage.

So for the scrap wood pen, I had an idea of erecting an L-shaped fence in the corner of the garage, and I would only use only 2x4s for the fence.

Constructing the Scrap Wood Storage Bin

Working within my available space of about 36” x 18”, I first attached some 2x4s to the wall studs for this scrap wood storage bin. These were going to serve as the wall mounts for the fence.

Then branching out from those mounts, I just kept cutting and attaching more 2x4s (via deck screws) until I had a basic fence frame, with upper and lower railings.

Next I connected the railings with vertical 2x4s, approximately every 3 inches. This created a sort of picket-fence look, which would be perfect for the scrap wood storage bin.

Here’s a picture close-up showing how the 2x4s were coming together for the wood scrap bin.

Constructing a Scrap Wood Bin for Garage OrganizationAdding Scrap Wood Storage Bin Sections

To get the most functional use out of the scrap wood storage pen, I decided to divide the wood bin into 3 sections.  The different sections of the scrap wood bin could be used for organizing various lengths of wood into small, medium and large.

At first, I thought I could get away with just running 2 pieces of wire at the top to make simple dividers. However, it turned out to be very ugly. Also the wood scraps started to mix together below the wire, rendering the wire useless.

So I looked around the garage for more scrap wood storage ideas for dividers.

My eyes settled upon some scrap wood ¼” paneling sheets. They would be perfect for the storage bin. I quickly obtained some inside measurements of the wood bin and cut 2 rectangular panels using my table saw.

The panels fit perfectly into the scrap wood pen to create 3 sections. To secure one end of the panel to the wall, I attached some scrap wood to some wall studs. Then, I screwed the panels onto these mounts. I did the same to attach the other end to the fence.

Here’s a picture showing the 3 compartments in the wooden storage bin:

Making Compartments in the Scrap Wood Storage Bin for Garage OrganizationThe divided sections via the scrap paneling really added a nice touch, and would prevent smaller wood pieces from getting mixed up with larger sizes in the wooden bin.

Last, I have a folding table (soon to be replaced with a custom built organizing work bench) next to the scrap wood pen where I tend to work on smaller projects.

The last thing I would want is pieces of wood leaning over too far and getting in my way.  So to better accommodate the larger lengths of wood towards the rear, I extended the height of the wood scrap storage bin at the back.

Using Wasted Garage Corner Space for Scrap Wood StorageAfter a few hours of work, here is where the day led me. Not bad for scrap wood storage, right?

How to Build a Scrap Wood Storage Bin - Easy Garage Organization TipsExtra Scrap Wood Storage Shelving

All my scrap wood was now beautifully organized and in storage. I even got creative and added some shelving above. This would store the extra small scraps that would easily get lost in a wood pen:

Additional Scrap Wood Garage Storage on the Wall above Wood BinThe storage shelf was a last minute addition to the project. Looking at all the organized scrap wood had my mind racing with ideas, and so I freestyled a shelf.

I made the storage shelf mounts with two L-shaped shelving brackets, reinforced with 2×4 scraps. I then attached them to wall studs using some lag bolts. The storage shelf platform was just some particle board I had lying around.

To maximize the storage shelf potential, I even made a sub-shelf right below the main shelf.  It would be great for containers of wood putty, stain, etc.

Garage Ceiling Storage

My scrap wood storage bin accommodated 90% of the scrap wood in my garage.  The remaining 10% of wood was placed on two storage U bars attached to the ceiling, as shown in the picture below:

Utilizing Garage Ceiling Space for Additional Garage StorageAs you can see, the U bolts hold my valuable 8ft 2x4s, and other large wood pieces that either don’t fit in the scrap wood storage bin or would be too awkward to store.

I’ve even got two doors up there – maybe I’ll turn them into a workbench!

Time & Cost

This scrap wood storage bin project was very cheap to build – it cost me nothing. I used all scrap or surplus wood left over from previous projects. Even if I didn’t have any wood scraps, I estimate about $20 worth of 2x4s was used to make the scrap wood storage bin.

How to Build a Scrap Wood Storage Bin - Easy Garage Organization TipsYou can make your own scrap wood storage box too using scraps in your garage. It doesn’t have to be a picket-fence style like mine either.

Depending on what you have lying around, maybe just erect a simple fence frame, and wrap it in paneling, or even chain link fence. The possibilities are endless for storage bins, especially when you have scrap wood and other scrap materials.

How to Build a Scrap Wood Storage Bin - Easy Garage Organization Tips

23 Comments

  1. Great idea! We have a huge scrap pile out in yard right now and it’s quite an eyesore.

    1. Thanks! Yesss, it looks so much better when organized 🙂

  2. Found you at Coffee and Conversation. Just pinned this to future projects. Thanks

  3. Chloe Crabtree says:

    Oh do I wish I had some space in my garage for one of these bins! We do have the overhead shelves like you do, but I could really use a bin like that! Our garage is so tiny! Thanks for sharing this great idea at Celebrate Your Story!!

    1. Our old garage was tiny too – half of it was converted to a media room, which we thought was so cool at first. But with all of our woodworking projects, it was so difficult to find storage space. Maybe you could do an outdoor bin? In a shed or some other type of storage that would keep it dry? The overhead shelves definitely help 🙂

  4. We recently dealt with storing a bunch of scrap wood by giving it to a friend. 😉 Not sure his wife was super happy about it, but I was glad to clear out the space! Keeping scraps organized is so important so they don’t take over everything.

    1. Hahahaa, Natasha – that’s a great solution lol!

  5. What clever ideas! We’ve recently added to our scrap wood selection, and something like this would be very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Thanks Leslie! You would think we would have a completely organized garage with all of our garage organization projects – but it’s still a work in progress 🙂

  6. What a great idea and had spurred me on to convert a futon base into a bike rack. Love the reuse, recycle vibe of this. #fdflinkparty

    1. Wow sounds awesome 🙂

  7. I so so so so needed this – thank you! Wood scraps take up way too much space in our garage. Creating a big for it is just perfect.
    Found you on #fandayfriday !

    1. Yay you’re welcome Amanda! 🙂 Yes, the bin is working out sooo well!

  8. Good ideas… storing odd wood pieces can be a messy challenge… but sometimes all you need is a piece you already have so it is hard to just get rid of all of it. You came up with a workable way to meet the need… good job. 🙂

  9. We need to make something like this ASAP. Our wood piles seem to be growing at an alarming rate and I can never find the right size in all that messiness. Thanks for the idea Eileen

    1. You’re welcome, Michelle! It really helps with everything laying around 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! There was a bunch of wasted space in that corner, so it was nice to utilize it 🙂

  10. This is such a great idea!! I need to build something like this because my scrap wood stash is a mess and it’s not easy to find what I am looking for

    1. Thanks so much, Pili! It’s keeping the wood really organized 🙂

  11. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share that! I think your way of doing this is exactly what I need, not too compicated and completely functional!

    1. You’re welcome, Joel! We are glad you found the scrap wood bin helpful. It was pretty simple to make and definitely organized our collection of scrap wood:)

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