I was in need of a file cabinet system in my office. I am also in constant need of places to sit in the office. I wanted the cabinet to double as a bench.
I found this old wooden crate at Goodwill. It was $3. It was only worth $3 as it was full of spider webs and didn’t have a lid and had obviously been used to hold soccer balls in the garage.
The thing it did have going for it was
a) it was solid wood
b) it was a great width and depth for a file cabinet.
After bringing it home, I cleaned it all off, and sanded it just a little bit. It was never finished off properly, and was dried out wood begging for a coating. After a light sanding, I primed with kilz and then went with a semi-gloss white that I had left over from my stair project earlier.
I then had Scott help me engineer how to go about making a hanging file system inside. The tabs on the hanging folder are a bit tricky, and require something not too wide, or too round. At Home Depot we were easily able to find a piece of steel that worked for our needs. We made a few braces, and notches for the steel to fit into.
I don’t have picture of the process to make the top, as Scott gave me the top as a gift. But, it is made from hickory. The pieces were put together using a biscuit joiner.
The lid was then attached with a simple ‘piano hinge’. These are a nice option because they come in a variety of lengths, and if you can’t find the right size, it can easily be trimmed down to a custom width for your project.
I love that this mostly looks like a hope chest / bench.
That all my bills and files are hidden away in a not so obvious place.