Where do you dump the junk on your desk? If you’re Beavercreek resident Paul Ehrlich, in a “Desktser,” 3-by-3-by-6-inch pine box in the shape of the well-known garbage receptacle.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Paul Ehrlich's Desktser is a pine box in the shape of the well-known garbage receptacle.The Deskster began in 1981, but Ehrlich didn’t want to market the desk-dumpster until circumstances were right in 2008.

“Given a world of incredibly difficult problems, hopefully this will help lighten the atmosphere, but I believe seriously that manufacturing should be done locally, because we have tons of lovely wood in Oregon,” he said.

Desksters now retail for $14.95 at, and Ehrlich ships orders first class via the U.S. Postal Service. For further information, or to ask him to make a local delivery, contact him at 503-631-4469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Retired in 2003 from public relations, Ehrlich, 70, has continued to do woodworking. When graduating from 1978 Stony Brook University in New York with a Ph.d in history, he originally planned to be a teacher. He made his wife, Gail Peterson, the first Deskter, but then it languished for 35 years.

“The Deskster is the no-tech desktop storage solution for any small item other than data,” Ehrlich said. “Odds and ends clutter workspace or get lost in drawers. The Deskster is perfect for poker change, spare change, cell phones, small MP3 players and ear buds. It’s ideal for many of one item or a jumble of things.”

Ehrlich has also created a mini-dictionary of “Desksterabulary” of words such as “Desksterology,” which he defines as “the study of Deskster uses, techniques, items, terms, origins and owners.” When he was asked about the possibility of the word “Deskterosis,” he agreed that he was indeed afflicted with a “condition of addiction to The Deskster,” which he expects to spread to the community at large.

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