Yesterday I looked at the collected chaos, considered the coming month with all the traditional comings and goings and decided it was time to bring the 'stuff' * under control.
Again this is when a workshop in the basement is wonderful. I designed this caddy to hold my phone and tablet/e-reader a pen or reading glasses in the narrow front slot. The larger compartment is for books and magazines. The handle means it is easy to move around the room and can be easily stashed behind the chair when there is a crowd of folks hanging out.
The first stage of this project was decided its over all size. I opted for 6 1/4 by 13 by 5 in front 8 inches in back. I made the box so it would fit on the window sill if I wanted it handy while sitting and reading.
I had some Baltic birch plywood in the bin down stairs but made the front panel from thinly planed pine. I stained the bulk of the box but left the front unfinished as I plan a wood burned pattern for later.
Making this type of project is interesting because when I am making for myself I often use nails to put things together. Had I been making something like this for someone else I probably would have glued it together or made an effort to hide the fasteners, thereby taking twice as long. I like my projects to get going and get finished in a hurry, I'm afraid.
Here is the box sitting on the arm of my chair. I can throw all my corner stuff into the box and find it quickly and easily.
A project like this is really an apartment workshop style project. Sheet stock can be bought in bite sized pieces at building supply stores and the tools necessary to make a nice job of this project are limited.
I used a saw, if you have only one get a jig saw. Hammer and a few nails. Wood glue. Then I sanded everything and stained it. You can sand a small project like this by hand or spend a few dollars and get a reasonably priced random orbital sander to make finishing easier. In fact a project like this could be covered in wall paper or stickers or if that suits your style and taste.
The reason to make this is simple. It is wood, it will last. Some cheap plastic thing from a $ store won't look as good, last as long or provide the satisfaction you get from making your own thing. Also since it is wood it can be refinished to match evolving decor in a way that a plastic thing can't.
Wood is Good.
* there are other names for stuff, but this is a family show.