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Sander and Sandpaper Storage

Always have the right sandpaper on hand with this sander and sandpaper storage rack! Each sander has its own sandpaper organizer ready for your next project.

sander and sandpaper storage rack with plans

Sanding is my least favorite part of woodworking, but it's also one of the most important steps of any project. I have a bunch of different sanders that I use for certain situations, and they all require their own type of sandpaper.

I'm consolidating my growing collection of sanding supplies into one compact storage box. This sander and sandpaper storage has enough space for three sanders and five sandpaper grits each! Now I'll always have the sandpaper I need on hand and ready for my next project!

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I'm trying to make my small workshop as organized as possible, and optimize every inch of space. My workbench does double duty as an outfeed table for my DIY table saw stand, but the shelf below is turning into a dumping ground for tools!

cluttered mess under workbench

And the shelf behind my miter saw stand is a mess of power cords from my various sanders. I tend to grab the least tangled one rather than the right one for the job!

tangled sanders

By moving the sander storage to the shelf under my workbench, I'll clean up the clutter and put that space to better use. As a bonus, I'll also be using up some of the smaller cuts of plywood I have in my scrap lumber cart!

Materials Needed for Sander and Sandpaper Storage Rack

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How to make a sander and sandpaper holder

Download the plans

You can download the sander and sandpaper storage plans by clicking the button below! The printable plans include a detailed cut list and plywood cut diagram, step by step instructions with 3D models, and a handy checklist to keep you on track.

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Cut the shelf grooves

You don't need a dado stack or a router to make the grooves for the shelves! I cut them with a regular table saw blade by making two passes, testing the fit to make sure the 1/4" plywood slides smoothly.

grooves for sandpaper storage shelves

Assemble the sandpaper storage box

At the bottom, drill three pocket holes in each vertical support on the same side as the grooves. You can learn more about how to use a Kreg Jig here!

pocket holes in sides of sandpaper storage pieces

Then attach each vertical support to the bottom piece with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. The supports with dados cut into both sides go in the middle, with the single sided ones on the outside facing in.

grooved sides of sandpaper storage box attached to bottom piece
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Nail the top of the box to the top of the vertical supports with brad nails. You can also countersink screws if you don't have a nail gun. I used my Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer for this step. It helps to line a square up with the edge of the support so you know where to put the nail.

attaching top of sandpaper storage box with brad nails

Flip the box face down, and attach the 1/4" plywood back with nails. I didn't have a piece of scrap plywood big enough to cover the back, so I pieced two together. No one is ever going to see it, so it's no big deal!

attaching back of sandpaper holder with brad nails

Your sandpaper organizer is almost complete!

sandpaper organizer before installing dividers

Slide in the sandpaper shelves

Each of the 1/4" plywood shelves should simply slide into place. If you're having trouble getting it to fit, sand the top and bottom of the edges until it moves freely.

sandpaper organizer shelves

Time to load it up!

empty sandpaper storage box

Organize your sandpaper by grit

My 1/4 sheet sander, random orbit sander, and corner cat sander each have their own home now! They're no longer a tangled mess of cords and sawdust!

sander and sandpaper organizer with three different types of sanders

The sandpaper organizer is sorted by grit, with the numbers written on the end of the shelf. Now I can see when I'm running low on a particular kind, and replenish my supply on one of my many trips to the home improvement store!

sandpaper organizer with sander storage

I customized the size of the box to fit perfectly on the bottom shelf of my Kreg workbench. Now I have less room for clutter, so hopefully I'll start putting things away rather than dump them here!

sanders and sandpaper organized in storage rack under workbench

Want to make this sander and sandpaper holder for your own workshop or garage? Download the plans by clicking the box below, and start building!

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3D model of sander and sandpaper organizer
Yield: 1 sander and sandpaper storage rack

Sander and Sandpaper Storage

sander and sandpaper storage

How to build your own sander and sandpaper storage rack. Always have the right sandpaper on hand with this sander and sandpaper storage!


  • Half sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • Half sheet of 1/4″ plywood



  1. Download the plans.
  2. Cut the shelf grooves.
  3. Assemble the sandpaper storage box.
  4. Slide in the sandpaper shelves.
  5. Organize your sandpaper by grits.
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