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Source for drop-in storage bins

Not sure why I'm finding this surprisingly difficult to find.

I'm looking for simple, rigid, plastic (or similar) boxes with a thin lip around the opening that I can use to store stuff. As in, jigsaw an opening in my galley counter and then drop the box in, ť voilŠ: easy, secure bottle storage. Something along the lines of this:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gibralta...O23P/203288654 but much bigger and without the ugly color and goofy mounting holes.
Better still, a rectangular version of this:
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/white...5?recordNum=20

Google and Amazon only yield the standard hefty/sterilite type storage boxes, which theoretically could work, but those have odd geometries and big bulky lips and cheap material.
Anyone know of some industrial supplier that makes generic plastic boxes in all manner of shapes and configurations?
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

Oh man, this is so close! If only this didn't have freezable gel insulation, and the accompanying cost.
I guess "pan" and "tray" are looking like better keywords than "bin".

https://www.mcmaster.com/2762t12
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

Maybe look at restaurant food server trays.

Those big lips you mentioned are structual.
You may need supporting strap below if weighty
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

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Those big lips you mentioned are structual.
Yeah, that's why I'm thinking something made from ABS or polyethylene, or even fiberglass. I could swear I've seen this type of thing before.
A bin that's say 4" wide, 18" long, and 6" deep could hold 6+ bottles of oil, vinegar, etc., which at most 20oz/bottle might add up to 10-12 lbs. I'd think a sturdy flange could handle that.
More searching just yielded "open top tanks" from Plasti-mart and similar, but only in large (like many gallons) sizes. Feels like I'm getting closer...
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

I've made drop-in, lift-out boxes from 1/4" ply and epoxy. Well faired and painted they can look like fiberglass.

This is plywood and Brightsides. I couldn't find a waste can the size I wanted.


The other thing that can be handy is a drop-in bag. Fabricate a lip ring and hang a bag from it, like a cat-bag.

Either way, a cover is handy. In this case, it is secured by a pin on the underside to prevent sliding.


I never had much luck looking for what you seek. Here is another source.
https://www.greatlakesskipper.com/bo.../storage-boxes

Also try Tempress and SSI.
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

Dont forget that you probably have side/wall space that can be utilized. Much of it is wasted space.
Also, you can dump it all in a 30ish qt cooler...costs $20, and lash it to most anything...its mobile, cheap and no holes cut.

If you have a big Container Store nearby, might be worth a field trip for more options...tape measure in hand
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

Nice work, pdqaltair! I agree, I'd rather build things custom, but since I now liveaboard and don't plan to keep this boat forever, I just don't have the shop space, time, motivation, etc. to do any fabrication. But I do want to cook!
RegisteredUser, the problem with something like a cooler is it takes up precious counter space. I want to go drop bin for the exact reason you suggest: there's plenty of unused space under the counter that's inaccessible from underneath. So by doing a drop bin I get secure stowage while using otherwise wasted space and freeing up space above for other things. Right now I have the condiment bottles, soaps, and tumblers sitting in off-the-shelf wire racks that will require some work to lash properly, and they take up tons of room in the tiny galley of my 27' boat.

I've seen many modern production boats at the boat shows that include such recessed storage, typically outboard of the stove, for just such purposes, which is great. Of course, I can't find pics now that I'm looking for them.
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

cutting holes in the counter top may not be the best idea. A storage "coral" can sit on the counter, be hung from a bulkhead or be even attached to the inside of a cabinet door. YES it is a good idea to have designated places for everything.

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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

Check out SSI Custom Plastics Their cockpit storage boxes may be close to what you are looking for. I can't find prices, but I vaguely recall that they are quite high.
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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins

How about one of these:

https://www.discountschoolsupply.com...waAtXQEALw_wcB

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