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    Derek Long

    I don’t post my projects often enough, so I remembered to take a picture this time. I got tired of my shop rags being in a big “rag bag” the size of a garbage bag sitting in the corner. My wife used to work at a uniform services company and could get big bags of surplus shop towels and terries. Takes up way too much space on a shelf. I made this to help put some order in the garage.

    The box is poplar, about 15″x8″, painted with two coats of Lexington Green milk paint and wax, with brass hinges and hasp from Lee Valley.

    It is also my first attempt at a door. I freaked out a bit when I looked at the picture and ran into the garage, because it looks like the door is way out of square. It isn’t, there was a rag corner stuck in the upper hinge-side of the door. The soft, thin, brass hinges just bend. Pushed the rag out of the door swing and it snapped back square in the opening.

    The opening between the two halves of the door is decorative as well as functional: I can tell if I need to refill the rags.

    The back is pre-drilled and countersunk to screw to a stud on the wall.

    This was fun to make, not hard at all, and filled up a couple of weekends.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado


    Very nice and functional! I like the look of the paint too, it’s almost too nice for shop furniture!!

    I think I tend to dismiss poplar, but it’s a great wood to work with and inexpensive too!

    Thanks for posting!

    Peter George

    Looks good Derek. I really like the milk paint. It gives a rural antique look to a project.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    Derek Long

    Thanks, guys.

    I do really like the Lexington Green. I plan on getting around to building the wall cabinet, and I think I’ll make it in poplar (which I can get in 12″ wide boards) and paint it this color green with walnut drawer fronts and brass hardware. I think it would look great.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado


    Nice looking cabinet and I like the color also. Haven’t used Milk Paint yet but plan to.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    Frank Joseph

    Loo’s good, nice color

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    Greg Merritt

    Nicely done Derek. I really like the “sight window” detail.

    Matt McGrane

    Hey, good stuff Derek. I also like the window letting you know how full the cabinet is. Great idea.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    That looks great, what a cool little project. I love simple fun projects like that; that are functional as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

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