Man Made DIY


Mar 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Shop Brush Desk Organizer

created at: 03/04/2014

A few days ago, I stabbed myself. By accident, I mean. A misplaced X-Acto knife rolled under some paper scraps, and I jammed my left index finger right into the tip of its blade. As I was applying my second Band-Aid, I recalled this item I'd seen on Pinterest earlier that day; essentially, a broom head, flipped upside down to stash tools and desk items. It's no longer for sale, but no worries, you can make your own in a snap. 

The trick, of course, lies in simply procuring the right materials. You're looking for a "shop brush" or a "hand broom." I had an old one I snagged from my grandfather's garage, but they can easily be found online or at a local independent hardware store. Here's a good one. (Perhaps your home improvement center carries them; mine doesn't). Or, you can find a replacement push broom head, or might even look in the cleaning aisle for an old fashioned natural bristle scrub brush. 

created at: 03/04/2014

Whatever route you go, you can cut it to size, or cut off the handle, if desired. I'm keeping mine whole to maintain functionality as a broom. Two birds, one stone, no more cut fingers.


UPDATE: The craft knife blade is exposed in the photos. That, of course, is a mistake; I was trying to indicate what the tool is, rather than just have a silver tube sticking out. We definitely don't recommend storing tools in that fashion. My apologies. 




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That's a great trick, like Chris I use jars but I put my commonly used tools in a wire mesh "in tray" with the handles facing me

Sure, a jar would work. And I guess if someone shared their creative space with you and it'd occur to you to "never stop making fun of him," there's probably not much that could convince you otherwise. 

@jmc - very cool of you. Wasting time commenting about making fun of people for how they choose to store their craft tools. I imagine your own shop is very manly and contains no sissy stuff.

Why not just use a jar? If I saw this in a guys "shop" I would never stop making fun of him.

@Bruno - Um, right. Good call.

Point that X-Acto blade down, for God's sake! I'm getting sweaty palms just looking at it.

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