Organizing food storage containers can be really frustrating. If you nest the containers, it's hard to find a top that matches a bottom. If you keep the lids and the bottoms together, on the other hand, and stack them, then they're likely to fall all over the place when you open the drawer. Well, we've got a solution for both problems.
First, you're going to start with a piece of plywood the same size as the drawer bottom. Then you'll attach dowels to form storage compartments for containers of various sizes and shapes.
Begin by removing the drawer, then cut the plywood to size on the table saw and drop it in for a test fit.
As a side note, this is a good time to upgrade your storage containers to a matching set. Some of the best are impregnated with silver nano- particles that kill bacteria and keep foods fresh longer. Also, the more similar they are in shape, the easier it'll be to design the layout of your drawer.
After deciding on the arrangement of the containers, trace the shape of each different container onto the plywood base. Then mark the corners of each container outline. Now, begin drilling holes at each of the corner locations.
To make the posts, use the power miter saw with a stop block. Cut longer dowels into shorter pieces that are exactly the same length. Now, simply tap the posts into the holes, then set each container in place to check for fit.
Well, that should solve your problems. Every lid's got a home and that's right on top of the base. And no matter how hard you pull the drawer out, those guys aren't going anywhere. Now, this technique works great for plates, pans or trays, anything that's flat you want to stack on top of each other in a drawer.