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Project

Inspired File Organizer

Introduction

Designer Stephanie Wenzel turned her no-frills apartment into a inspiring office and home with a little help from her local hardware store.

To tame her folders, invoice binders, and catalogs, Stephanie created custom desktop organizers by screwing U-bolts into blocks of 1/2-inch-thick fiberboard.

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Materials

  • 1/2-inch-thick Homasote fiberboard, cut into a 9-by-18-inch pieces
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Five 5/16-by-2 1/2-by-5 5/8-inch U-bolts, with their accompanying plates and hex nuts, nutty.com
  • Drill
  • Ten 5/16-by-1/2-by-17/32-inch nylon acorn nuts, mcmaster.com

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lay the fiberboard flat on a worktable, with one of the long sides facing you (like a computer keyboard).

  2. Step 2

    Using a ruler and a pencil, measure and mark where the U-bolt rods will pass through the fiberboard: Make the first mark 3 inches down from the top edge and 1 inch from left edge. Then measure 2 13/16 inches down from the first mark and 1 inch in from the left edge, and make another mark.

  3. Step 3

    Mark the next pair of holes 4 inches to the right of your first set, and repeat until you have 5 sets of marks.

  4. Step 4

    Using a 5/16-inch bit, drill a hole at each marked point and remove any debris.

  5. Step 5

    Now take one U-bolt and screw a hex nut onto each of its rods, twisting them up about one inch from the bottom of the rods. Slide a plate onto the pair of rods, then feed the ends of the rods through the first pair of holes in the fiberboard.

  6. Step 6

    Attach an acorn nut to the end of each rod (to keep them from scratching your desktop). Adjust the nuts until all pieces feel secure. Repeat for each U-bolt.

Source
Blueprint, May/June 2007