Detail view of the handles of the bin.

Custom fit paper bin for ALEX drawer

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 19:29


In my current bedroom, floor space comes at a premium, so there wasn't much space for even a small bin on my floor. Instead I designed this box to accurately fit within the lowest drawer in my ALEX cabinet from IKEA, so I can close the drawer and it will be out of the way when not in use.

The material used is 3mm clear acrylic.

The bin is comprised of a simple fingerjointed box without the top. The front has a profile cut out of it to match the handle on the ALEX drawers. On the sides of the box, there are two handles made of four pieces of 3mm acrylic totalling 12mm, corresponding to the with of the ALEX drawer walls. In the handles , profiles are cut to create a hole for the fingers to grap onto. This makes the box sit on the drawer walls and makes it easy to lift up. If I were to make another one, I would make all layers of the handles have the same profile. In this version the gap tapers towards to box, but this just makes the ergonomics worse and it didn't have the visual effect I was hoping for. Besides, it will be hidden 99% of the time anyway. If you are to copy this design, make 8 copies of the skinniest handlepieces and use them instead.

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Laser Cutter