A Modern 3-Tier Paper Organization Tray

A Modern 3-Tier Paper Organization Tray

Seems like the word “organization” has been on everyone’s mind this year. Even though it’s 2019, I still find my desk cluttered with documents. I set out to try to find some desktop organization options that fit my style but ultimately…I decided to make my own. And with the amount of scraps I had laying around the shop, it actually helped me to clear out my shop a bit too! For the build, I used scraps found in my shop, but I’ve written out the dimensions for the lumber you will need to make this.

If you like this project, please vote for it in the Organization Contest!

Be sure to check out the Youtube video above, which should help with better understanding each step.

Walnut Hardwood: 55″x8″x3/4″ (LxWxT)

1/4″ Plywood: 13″x31″ sheet

1/2″ Plywood: 12″x20″ sheet

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Step 1: Milling “Blanks”

The first step is for us to cut the lumber down to size to make the sides of the paper tray. For a lack of a better term, I will call these “blanks”. Since I used scraps for my build, I’ve included an image of the cut list for those of you starting the build with a single piece of lumber. My milling process is as follows:

1) Crosscut the pieces down to their rough lengths.

2) Flattened one face and squared up an adjacent edge on the jointer.

3) Brought all the pieces down to their final thickness of 3/4″.

4) Lastly, I ripped all the pieces down to their final width of about 1-1/8″

Final Result:


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