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It only happens once in a while. Maybe every three years or so. I come up with what I think is a brilliant storage solution (like this one). Silhouette® owners, get your vinyl rolls ready for a DIY Vinyl Storage Solution!
This DIY wooden vinyl storage rack is really easy to make. Want to see how to make your own?
Visit your local Home Depot and head down the wood aisle and look for the hobby boards. In my Home Depot they are located right next to the stair parts, across from the pine boards. Get two pieces of the 1/4″ x 6″ boards. They are 4′ long. Mine were $5.88 each. You’re also going to need 6″ of a 1″ x 6″ pine board. Maybe you have some scrap wood at home? If not, get a 1″ x 6″ x 6′ common board. Mine cost $6.75.
Tools I used:
- Miter saw
- Drill/driver with a 1-1/2″ hole saw bit
- Palm sander
- Paint sprayer
The first thing I did was cut two 3″ pieces from the 1″ x 6″ x 6′ board. These are the top and bottom pieces that will hold the two tall side pieces (the 1/4″ x 4″ x 4′ hobby boards). Since these hobby boards are 1/4″ thick, I needed to make some 1/4″ channels on those 3″ wide pieces.
Thanks to the folks at Rockler, I got to use my brand new router and router table to make the channels. I set the fence back 1/2″ from the 1/4″ straight bit.
The image above shows the channels after one quick pass on the router table.
And here’s how the pieces look after the second pass. I raised the router just a bit to get a deeper channel on the second pass.
A quick once-over with a sanding sponge got rid of the wood fibers.
This was my first time using this router and router table. There is a definite learning curve to using a router but I found several helpful videos on YouTube and I can’t wait to try out the different bits and jigs!
Now for the sides of the vinyl storage tower. Since wood is a natural material it is not perfect, meaning that the two boards that I bought were not exactly the same. But I needed to get them to be as identical as possible. In order to do this, I clamped them together. And I did this for two reasons. First so I could cut them to the same exact length and second so that the holes that I drilled into them would be in the same location on each board.
Here’s what I mean:
While the 1/2″ x 4″ pieces were clamped together with the ends together on one end, I cut a small piece (about an inch) off of the other end with my miter saw.
Now they were exactly the same length.
Next I need to make the holes. I knew I would use my drill/driver with a hole saw bit to make the holes. But I needed a pattern or template for the placement of those holes. Here’s what I did:
I made a template with my Silhouette® Cameo! I drew a rectangle in Silhouette Studio® that was the same width of wood: 5-1/2″ and filled it with 1-1/2″ circles. I cut the template out of card stock and used it to trace the circles onto the wood.
While the boards were still clamped together, I cut out the holes with the hole saw. If you have never used a hole saw bit before, be warned: HOLD ON TIGHT! Cutting with a hole saw can be very dangerous so be extra careful and use all safety precautions. This goes for any power tools. And always wear eye and ear protection.
Having the boards clamped together ensured that the holes would line up (for the most part)!
All four pieces were cut and ready to assemble. But first I used my palm sander to smooth over the rough edges. I also used a metal file around the edges of the holes. Once it was sanded smooth, I simply slid the edges of the sides into the grooves and it was ready to paint.
I just used some leftover white paint that I sprayed on with my Homeright Finish Max Sprayer.
Oh my vinyl goodness! Now I can see every color of vinyl that I own! I could easily see that I won’t need any more red glitter vinyl for a while ; )
No wonder I didn’t know what colors I had! What a mess!!!
I love looking at all the vinyl goodness. It is right beside me now. On my desk between my computer and Cameo®!
How do you store your vinyl?
I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make one of these DIY vinyl storage towers.
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Claire @ A Little CLAIREification says
I SO need this in my life – genius!!
Oh my goodness, this is just sheer genius! And you could make a larger one for wrapping paper! love it!
Kathy @ Merriment Design says
Wowzers! That’s amazing! You could totally sell these and if you do let me know ?
Serena @ Thrift Diving says
I love this!! So cute!!
Wendi @ H2OBungalow says
This is an awesome project! Such a smart way to store your vinyl. Mine is shoved in a drawer #notsmart. You could make some serious projects with that router too! I’d love to add one to my tool supply! …and you’re right, you won’t need any red glittered vinyl for a while! LOL Pinning!
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says
What a great storage idea! So cool! You did an amazing job!
Michelle Leslie says
Love it, pinning this one.
Lady Lilith says
Love the idea. And it looks nice as well.
That’s a great idea for the small rolls and leftover pieces. I would need a bigger hole for my large rolls! 🙂
Wow!! You did an amazing job on this!! The vinyl rolls look so nice and organized now. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!
Jen @ upcyclednest says
I don’t own a silhouette yet, but have seen so many awesome projects using it recently that I think I will add it to my wish list! Very cool storage solution!
Wow I am so impressed. I don’t have Silhouette but it is on my wishlist. Now when I get one this project will help me be organized. Except I will need a router.
Wow !! Amazing DIY project ! Love it.
Wow, this is a fabulous idea, especially for those of us who tend to accumulate a lot of vinyl. Projects like this can be hard to get started on, but DIY tutorials like this make it much more simple! Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!
Maria Brittis says
Today was a day to relax, but I had to do something with blogging this evening, so I thought I visit some blogs. I love this storage solution I am so impressed with the precision with the hole cutter. Great project I need to get one.
Great to meet you.
Kim Six says
This is brilliant! My vinyl is crazy everywhere all over my craft room! I’m featuring you this week at You’re Gonna Love It! I’m so glad you shared! <3
Absolutely fabulous! I definitely need a better solution for storing vinyl cause I can never find what I am looking for. Pinned.
This is so incredibly smart! I love the idea of doing this not just for storing vinyl but also for gift wrapping stations. I love anything that helps keep my messy life organized. I have to save this for the future! Thanks for sharing!
Would be great if next article you do you make sure all your measurements are the same in the wording
Thanks for the genius trick. i love this.
Sedny A says
An excellent idea for storage! It is necessary to make the same rack. I open the closet and a vinyl film falls on me from the top shelf.
elsie de leon says
Brilliant! I just got myself some tools, including the drill with that hole drill thingie! Thank you for sharing your brilliant idea!