Wednesday, 24 April 2013

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 203? Mac Gyvered Hat box!

Hello fellow Wednesday desk hopper and welcome to my desk (and uncluttered floor)over in Cape Town, South Africa!  There was considerable interest in the box I had on the floor last week which is my Ranger kit box!
Here it is up close and in detail!  This is it closed, just to prove it can all fit!

You can see some extra holes in the top box where I changed the angles of the arms...
I can also flip it forward to get at the stuff at the back of the box in the bottom.

I needed something to be able to transport all my kit to and from the classes I teach at the different stores around town without having to pack a million different containers...I first saw a fishing tackle box and then Tim's boxes, but they were too small for the job.  I also wanted something with a smallish "footprint" when open.  I found this hat box in a second hand store and then realized that the pizza boxes fitted perfectly inside.  This was a great solution, but it meant that I had to pack and unpack the boxes to get at what I wanted.  So I found a collapsible wine rack on a sale and took it apart to get the "arms" of my shelves (pizza boxes) which I attached with nuts and bolts after calculating the engineering required to make them fit.

The box lives on the floor where I can easily reach the top layer of inks or open it further to reach the stuff on the lower levels.

The last thing on my desk this week is the (now full) card stash organiser which I made out of foam core board...I have ordered more foam core to make another one as this one is now full to overflowing!

Thanks for the visit, and I will endeavour to link to my page this week, not back to Julia's!  Now I am off to see what I can see on your desk if you have linked up to Stamping Ground, HERE.

Bella




40 comments:

  1. Your range kit box is amazing. I hadn't realised you added the step out shelves.... so clever.
    Sandra @13

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  2. Hi Bella how amazing is it to both be linking up next to each other from opposite ends of the world! I was logging on in bed on my new toy! Rich was fascinated to see your room - so much stash but so tidy was his comment (him being Mr Tidy! ) Your box is great ! Impressed you figured out all the engineering! Have fun with all your card making stash !

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  3. oh my! i want to come and play - you have such a lovely craft space!! and you are too clever making your own box - i too find the TH/tackle/tool boxes too small, but you've made yours just right!
    happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
    no. 1 - can't believe it!!

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  4. Box engineering out of dismantled bits and pieces and pizza boxes?? You'll be a children's TV presenter next!! That is really clever and something that I admire as I would never have worked out all the angles etc in a million years!
    Hugs, LLJ 22 xx

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  5. Thanks for the up close and personal with the Hat Box. I'm with Jan - that is pretty damn creative. I don't know that I would have come anywhere close to getting the pizza boxes on a hinge. Looks like it is just perfect tho. Great work. Glad the linking went well for you this week....;)

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  6. So tidy... so organised... I LOVE that box, how ingenious to make the shelves. You are very clever... Helen 2

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  7. Hi Bella, I remember seeing this storage when you first did it, it is still fabulous. Foam core is brilliant for building up stuff, I'm running low too, must get more! Hope you have a great day.
    Neil # 27

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  8. Ingenious engineering feat there well done. Thanks for visiting me already BJ#31

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  9. Wow...Bella what a clever girl you are!! GREAT idea!! Love your card storage box too! Happy WOYWW.
    Janene #47

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  10. Morning Bella, Fab box for storage & your file box. I'll have to get myself more organised like you i think. Happy woyww jill #26

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  11. Bella, even Tim Holtz will envy your Hat Box!

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  12. Wow, what a box of delights, well done. Happy WOYWW

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  13. Love it Love it love it, that hat box is amazing storage it looks fantastic and must make your life so much easier. You seem to have great ideas for storage. Will you decorate the hat box?
    Happy WOYWW and thank you for sharing your desk
    Ria #60

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  14. Gosh! I am impressed at your making that case. That's a WOW on its own.
    Thanks for the early visit to me - Hugs, Neet xx 4

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  15. Gorgeous space! Love the organization box. Happy Wednesday! SueC#93

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  16. Love all your organisation.
    Karen #64

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  17. Hi Bella Thank you for popping by. Love your space and that gorgeous wood floor deserves showing off! Your suitcase is fab. How clever to put the trays together like that. As a craft tutor myself I know how much easier life is made by grab and go storage and yours looks fab too - bonus Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 33

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  18. Your Ranger box is ingenious, Bella, a really creative make ... and using pizza boxes too! Your clear floor is impressive too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great WOYWW and an enjoyable week. Elizabeth x #53

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  19. Hi Bella,

    YAY! I'm here. Your box is wonderful! And holy moly, you really thought outside the box (ahem) to add the two trays! Way to go.

    Thanks for visiting me already!!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Kay (14)

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  20. You are real clever, love the carrier for your tools of the trade. It looks really authentic with it's wear and tare.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 102

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  21. You should patent that card stash organizer--love it!! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #42

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  22. I LOVE your ranger storage box. Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by. #6

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  23. Hi Bella, Please forgive me as its the first time I have visited your desk,what a great workspace and that box for your Ranger stuff is a fantastic idea. Thank you for your visit earlier look forward to keep popping back. Hugs Mo x #29

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  24. WOW what a great space...happy space...I would love to look through all the draws. The ranger box is fantastic...creative on all levels. Thanks for sharing Carole 115

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  25. Very organised lady! Love how you made it. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #114

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  26. You have a great space Bella and I realised I had never noticed the words on your walk till today as I am always in ore of your craft space.... Live your ranger box it's fab
    Jackie 15

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  27. Well you officially leave me speechless! Your Ranger case is a triumph..I love your engineering skills! aand the box for finished cards, oh my. You've been busy, poductive, clever..

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  28. Hi Bella
    My you have had a tidy up this week. your case is fab I am sure Tim would approve and would probably market it too. a brilliant design and you seem to have sorted out all angels for getting stuff out of it. Have a great week and thanks for sharing
    janet #23

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  29. You made that!?? I am seriously impressed. Tell you what, I will find a hat box and the next time you are in Gauteng, you come and show me how.
    Hope its warmer there than in Boksburg, we are freezing our 'gatte' off!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #17

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  30. Now that is very clever thinking. What a fantastic transformation and your room is so neat. Do you do house calls??? I can never keep my room tidy.
    Have a great week.
    Von # 28

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  31. Love the kit box! I bought a 3 drawer cabinet thing that sits on my desk and holds the stains, stickles, containers of bling etc. It is a bit heavy to take with to classes but it is all contained so I can pick and choose easier. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing. I forgot it was even Wednesday until 11:50pm CDT! so I am a little late getting around. OMG! Memory issues again. Oh well better late then never. Vickie #145

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  32. Wow! what a great space to craft! The natural light you have there is just Beautiful!!. Love your vintage hat box, what a great idea for storage. Jules No48

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  33. SO GLAD I came back - you have totally satisfied my curiousity on that box. Nifty as can be - very clever of you to re-purpose so perfectly.
    Happy WOYWW!

    MA (8) (so very late this week!)

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  34. You are so organised. I love that box.... and how you customised it to suit your needs :D

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  35. Your kit box is absolutely amazing. The fact that you made the insides just makes it mind blowing. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring.

    Have a great weekend, Rachel #24

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  36. I just LOVE your workdesk and box...will have to follow you for sure lol. Is your card stash organiser a place for finished cards or bits and bobs ready for making cards? Thanks for visiting my desk too x
    Dawn #30

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  37. Your kit uis ingenious!
    Love, love, love you workspace with all the containers!
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  38. As someone with a real (undergrad) degree in Mechanical Engineering, your box impressed me tremendously. I don't have any of those Timmy products, but if I did, that would be a great way to keep them.

    I realize I'm a bit late getting here, but still wanted to wish you a happy belated WOYWW from #7.

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  39. Love your workdesk space - and your organisation! Time constraints mean I’m Weekend-WOYWW-ing, but hope you’ve had a good one! Deb # 125

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