The other entries into this month’s challenge are a lot prettier than mine, but I am just so happy with how well mine functions! I have yet to find a video game box on the floor! And to my delight, the games are even finding their way back to their boxes now that it is easier to find where they go! ALLELUIA!
Double Pedestal Scrap Wood Table by My Repurposed Life Hexagon and Triangle Shelves by My Love 2 Create Window Box by Dogs Don't Eat Pizza Blanket Ladder by Domestically Speaking DIY Wood Centerpiece Box by Virginia Sweet Pea Easy DIY Shelves by Create and Babble Vintage Peg Blanket Ladder by H2OBungalow Computer Monitor Stand by Interior Frugalista Wood Slice Plant Stand by Designed Decor
This month, the challenge was even more special because readers were invited to create their own project (costing under $10).. and one lucky winner took home a fantastic prize pack courtesy of Ryobi. Those entries (and the winner) at the bottom of this post!
Here is how I handled the challenge.
Video Game Organization Station:
My rack features slots for 11 games (which is more than we currently have). If you have more than this you could modify it to fit more.
It also has two slots to hold our Wiimotes. (Again, we only have two, but there is room to add slots for two more if I need to)The other side has a set of cleats for hanging for our other accessories, and are large enough that they could hold multiples if they needed to.
The top of the box houses our small collection of Disney Infinity characters (these figures have a chip that is read by the Wii instead of a disc. They aren’t just dolls.)
I had seen wall mounted racks online, but they cost at least 30 bucks but I didn’t really want to hang this stuff on the wall (ours is housed in a cabinet under the tv). That is how I came up with my design.
Supplies/Budget:1/4 sheet of 1/2” birch plywood ($4.99)
(2) rope cleats ($2.15/each)
1/2 yard elastic paracord ($0.50)
Total cost: $9.79
Tools Required:Table Saw or Circular Saw
Router and 1/2 inch straight bit
Sander and Sandpaper
Tutorial:The first thing I did was cut a strip of plywood to double the width of the short (top/bottom) side of the game boxes. The length of the your plywood will be the height of your box. Next I marked how far apart I wanted the slots for the games to be. Mine were about 1-1/4 inches apart, which gave me a 3/4 inch gap between each game box.
Using a router with a 1/3 inch straight bit, I cut a series of slots for the games to slide into. I used a board as my guide and just slid it along at 1-1/4 inch intervals. Once I had all the slots cut, I ran the board though my table saw cutting it into two halves. This way the slots would align perfectly.
Using a game as a guide, I cut the top and bottom to length. Next I sanded all the rough edges. (I could have used a higher grade plywood for a nicer finished edge, but I was staying on budget)A coat or two of paint and it was time to assemble. I used my nail gun instead of screws since it did’t need to hold up to a lot of wear and tear. Finally, on one side I drilled holes just wider than the Wiimote and fed an elastic cord though.
I pulled it so it was just barely taught around the controller. The elastic holds it in place but stretches enough to make it easy to remove the Wiimote. On the other side I added two rope cleats, this will allow me to hang all the peripheral corded accessories like the steering wheel or nunchucks.
If you are worried about the games sliding out the back, you could add another piece of plywood to the back, but it isn’t a big deal, they tend to not slide much.