After building my first woodworking project, I knew I wanted to tackle a storage unit of some sort. I found this 25 Cubby unit plan by Ana White, and tweaked it to make myself a custom Sizzix die storage unit. I am so very in love with it. It was easy to make, the only frustrating part being that I had to assemble one shelf at a time and wait for it to dry since I don’t have 4,000 corner clamps!
Instead of using 1×6 boards, I used 1x8s to fit my dies. I also added an extra column so the unit would be wide enough to fit exactly on top of a mail sorter unit I already had. Also, what Ana has as the top in her plan, I have as the bottom. I didn’t shape the extended sides like Ana did. Instead, I flipped it over and used them as legs. That way I can store the longer dies and cut plates/platforms in the larger space created underneath the shelf.
Here it is all assembled except for one side.
Here is the assembled piece before finishing.
I sanded and painted with homemade chalky finish paint I talked about here. I used white as the base coat and reddish-pink as the top layer. I sanded to distress, and went over the whole piece with valspar antiquing glaze.