Storage tote bins that fit under pinball games?

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Can anyone recommend good storage totes that actually fit under games and aren't so wide that they can't be pulled out from between standard legs?

Home Depot has awesome 170L black Husky totes with wheels at the back that would be great if they weren't an inch too wide.

I'm looking for the largest storage bin possible to fit in the space underneath a standard pinball and still be able to be pulled out from the front. Ideally, without breaking the bank.

The biggest I've found that should work are these 102L bins from Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-10 ... 1000706729

But even with those, there's a lot of wasted space. They're not very tall and not very deep.

The ideal box would be something 18"W x 18"T x 48"D, and that just doesn't seem to be a standard dimension that I can find of anything but cardboard boxes... and I'm not putting cardboard boxes beneath my games.

What do you use?

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I know that these days it is not a better choice economically, but I built wood boxes on small wheels. 2x3 inner framing with 3x8" ply bottom and 1/4" ply sides. I then wrapped it with the cheapest black material I could get. MDF/Fiberboard would be fine.

4 small caster wheels under. Some small wheels like these: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/everbi ... 1000404245

3 2x3" 8 foot long (7.50$ each)
1 2x4' 1/2" fiberboard panel
3 2x4' 1/4" fiberboard panel
(note: you can have a 4x8' sheet of one kind cut to the sizes. All fits on one panel. A 1/2" thick 4x8 panel of MDF, melamine or 3/8 plywood is 38$ at home depot)
4 caster wheels (10$)

You are probably looking at 80 bucks of material per box. Paint or cover to your liking.

You can even install a small handle to pull out the box easier. Heck, I would even paint to match the cabs they are under, if you wanted to get fancy.
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semicolin wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:25 am
Can anyone recommend good storage totes that actually fit under games and aren't so wide that they can't be pulled out from between standard legs?

Home Depot has awesome 170L black Husky totes with wheels at the back that would be great if they weren't an inch too wide.

I'm looking for the largest storage bin possible to fit in the space underneath a standard pinball and still be able to be pulled out from the front. Ideally, without breaking the bank.

The biggest I've found that should work are these 102L bins from Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-10 ... 1000706729

But even with those, there's a lot of wasted space. They're not very tall and not very deep.

The ideal box would be something 18"W x 18"T x 48"D, and that just doesn't seem to be a standard dimension that I can find of anything but cardboard boxes... and I'm not putting cardboard boxes beneath my games.

What do you use?
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Like Sparky said..... I built 2 a few years ago but I used playfield glasses as shelves and they were very usefull for storing pinball parts. with the glass, the parts were easy to find as well, I should've kept them. :FP:

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Sorta! But at 24" wide, it just won't fit. Mastercraft has another one that will, https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mast ... p.html#srp and it's on sale this week. It's slightly smaller in capacity than the HDX box, but the form factor seems better.

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Alright, just ordered half a dozen of these: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mast ... p.html#srp

I was going to put one of the Husky giant rollers under the widebody, but I realized that if I ever sell the game and put a standard sized one in place, dealing with storage will be a hassle.

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Too late now, but have you researched patio chests? That thing would have fitted if you remove the lid https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/kete ... 0298p.html
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cap wrote:
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Too late now, but have you researched patio chests? That thing would have fitted if you remove the lid https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/kete ... 0298p.html
Too wide and too high. If you want a box to fit under a pin and pull out the front, it has to be under 18.5" wide, and under 21" high.

Hmm... I wonder if there is a market for customized storage bins... LOL... hmm....
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The dimensions on the canadiantire.ca site are all messed up. The product I linked to has the same width inside and outside. Paper thin walls of neutronium for you. Yeah, I forgot it has to come out the front even if it fits from the side.
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Sparky wrote:
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Hmm... I wonder if there is a market for customized storage bins... LOL... hmm....
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I use these. They work great under pins. I think I got them at Home Depot but they are available at some of the Home hardware stores like the one in Kanata.
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Yes- those are the same dimensions as the HDX bins. Thanks!

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I made some custom wooden bins on castors to maximize space. Be aware though that not all games have the same height clearance so its not a one size fits all approach. Plastic bins are much easier.

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You can just use two medium sized bins one in front of the other. much easier to deal with than a 48" long bin!

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Circling back to @mrmikeman, what he said! :-)

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