Originally Posted by lhowemt
Good god EZ, give yourself a gold star, truly FTW!!!!! That setup is so awesome! I'm sure there's a way to make small compartments within those, using the holes as a foundation for a cross-wall. Small like for a lantern, but I've only done that once. What wondrous method did you use for attaching the wood slotted pieces? Advice on how a non-woodworker could create those cuts nicely?
Originally Posted by BilloutWest
May I speak for EZ?
The slotted pieces are held in place by being full length to the extra dividers and the masonite being a snug width.
However, in an unscheduled inversion having at least a couple of the masonite cross pieces being T shaped and holding the divider down could be desirable. This may be what EZ has already done with the additional dividers.
There has to be some sort of plastic goodie that would just happen to work in the holes as an additional cross divider holder. Hmmmmmmm
The slotted pieces are a friction fit into the box lengthwise, and then there are shorter cross pieces of the same material (1x6 or 1x4 common lumber) that are really friction fitted to hold the frame in the box (you cant see them in the pictures). Kind of like the way a "-" holds open an "H", just with two. Cut a little and trial fit, cut a little more, etc. Completely removable if one desired.
The masonite dividers are a bit loose in the slots so they can be easily moved around. I made both short and tall dividers for versatility. The short ones allow longer stuff to be stowed across the top, just as Bill imagined.
If my dry box is inverted (in a boat or otherwise), then the organization can go to pot. At that point, I have other priorities, though.
I made the slotted pieces on a table saw with a dado blade. It would be possible to do it on a sliding miter saw, which most carpenter-type folks have, with a bit more work, just making two or three passes for each slot. Stepping up the tool-challenged ladder, you could also do it with a portable circular saw and straight edge, though this would take longer and be more tedious. The important thing is to fit the frame to the box first and then cut the slots. Do it by just taping the two soon-to-be-slotted boards together with tape (blue masking tape is awesome, btw) and gang cutting the slots at once. That way the spacing between slots is the same for both boards, even if not entirely consistent. If the spacing is off, then you would get binding of the dividers, thereby defeating the blood pressure reduction goal of the whole thing.
There probably is some sort of pegboard thing to make smaller compartments. Maybe just as easy to use some zip ties through the holes. I have never found that necessary, though some might.
The goblets are stainless steel and pair nicely with a good boxed wine.