Cardboard Can Organizer

My buddy Spartan over at TSP led me to this website awesome website Food Storage Made Easy and their plans for a cardboard can rotating rack. I love projects that involve recycling cardboard so I had to give it a shot. I had a left over box from a pressure canner and it was easily enough to make two can organizers, each of which should hold at least ten cans.

Cardboard Can Rotating Racks

Cardboard Can Rotating Racks

I do have a few suggestions for anyone who wants to try.

  • First off make sure to read the whole article I linked to. Halfway down there is a very helpful PDF I suggest you print, but the people at food storage made easy earn their keep by making it even easier by pointing out if you combine the sides and back into one piece when you cut them out it is more stable and easier to put together.
  • use a very strong glue ( I used gorrilla glue – wood glue)
  • I also used a stapler for added stability on the bottom front kick plate
  • for even more stability and to keep it safe from moisture I put clear box tape on the outside corners and then wrapped the whole thing.
  • I also made my own adjustments in the design as you can see below.
I cut away part of the front of the rack on the top so that I can see if the top is full by just looking from the front.

I cut away part of the front of the rack on the top so that I can see if the top is full by just looking from the front.

Here you can see a top view of the front of the rack. I added an additional small piece of cardboard at the front to act as a ramp. This will give it a little extra momentum to take the cans all the way down to the bottom.

Here you can see a top view of the front of the rack. I added an additional small piece of cardboard at the front to act as a ramp. This will give it a little extra momentum to take the cans all the way down to the bottom.

Here are 2 half full can racks to show you what it looks like. Notice how the cut away in the front lets you see all the way to the back

Here are 2 half full can racks to show you what it looks like. Notice how the cut away in the front lets you see all the way to the back

 

 

Until next time, keep Making A Homestead, one day at a time!

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