Here is a post on how to make a wood divider. This is not the most glamorous post by any means, but it is a great to know how to create dividers to help with organization projects. Dividers can be used for many projects to help keep things organized and separated. I used dividers for this Flip Flop Bin to organize my flip flops.
- Pressed plywood
- Miter, chop saw or table saw
- Measuring tape
- Sand paper
For this tutorial I used a scrap piece of 3/16 inch pressed plywood. Any thickness will work, however I find you may have to vary the technique depending on the thickness of wood. I recommend practicing on a scrap piece before moving on to your actual project.
As a general rule the measurements for the slits will be slightly wider than the thickness of the plywood, and the length of the slits approximately half the length of the board.
I started out by cutting the plywood into two equal pieces. My pieces measured 8 1/2 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches in length. Next I measured where I wanted my dividers to cross. If you have multiple dividers your measurements will vary depending on where you want the dividers to cross. For mine I made the slit for the dividers in the center. For the length of 8 1/2 inches splitting center at 4 1/4. I placed the points for my slits at 4 1/8 inches and 4 3/8 inches therefore the width of the slits were 1/4 inch wide. Sorry my pencil marks aren’t very visible :-/.
After I marked all my cuts I got my saw. I cut each divider using a different technique. With the first technique I started with making a cut on one of the lines, making sure to not allow the saw blade to cross the measurement at the end of the slit.
Next I made another cut as close to the original cut and repeated this until piece by piece sliver by sliver I cut away until I reached the other mark. Is sounds long and treacherous but really it was only 2-3 cuts depending on the width of the saw blade. After the cuts are made I took a screwdriver and hammer and chipped the extra pieces out that didn’t make the saw cut.Don’t worry if it looks a little rough the final step with sand paper will take care of this.
The other way I cut a slit for a divider is to do my initial cut like in the previous example. Then the second cut occurs on the opposite cut line. Next I used a screwdriver and hammer and chipped out the remaining middle piece and any extra remaining pieces.Finally I sanded the dividers and put the dividers together.