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Aristo
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
Yes, I did all of it myself. I went 3 inches taller than standard cabinets so I don't have to bend over while using it as a worktop and a little deeper too.


NATidefan
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
I wouldnt use melamine in a garage. Humidity does a number on that stuff in my experience.

I also wouldnt put most of my stuff in cabinets personally. They are a pain in the butt to get stuff in and out of.

I would buy several metal racks from lowes and matching tupperware containers to keep things like sanders, skill saws, and other smaller less used power tools in.

Then I would buy several matching tool boxes. One for an all around tool box, one for wrenches and sockets, one for drill bits and such, one for electical type work, one for random lesser uses tools like punches, chisels, plumbbobs, etc.

Anything that will hang, i hang it. Clamps, ladders, levels, squares, etc.

This is how I have mine set up, its just not all matching.

I like it for a couple of reasons.

1. It keeps my stuff clean.
2. It's very mobile. I can easily grab a tool box and go do whatever I need to whereever around the house.
3. The tupper wear container make things very mobile too, I can usually grab one and throw in one or two things from another and carry it outside or wherever to do what I need.
4. I hate kneeling down and digging in dark cabinets. With this way I just pull out the tub or tool box I need, set it on my bench and everything is right where I need it at waist level where I can see it.


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SpeckledTiger
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I also wouldnt put most of my stuff in cabinets personally. They are a pain in the butt to get stuff in and out of.


this!

these shelves are only $150 and can hold 2,500 lbs per shelf and take all of 20 minutes to put together. Use clear totes if dust is a real issue. You can make small plywood shelves to fit on each metal shelf if you have smaller totes you need to have easily accessible.

Member's Mark Industrial Shelves I assume home depot has a version as well

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NATidefan
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this!

these shelves are only $150 and can hold 2,500 lbs per shelf and take all of 20 minutes to put together. Use clear totes if dust is a real issue. You can make small plywood shelves to fit on each metal shelf if you have smaller totes you need to have easily accessible.


That's basically what I have. They work great. Got mine at lowes for cheaper than that the best I remember. Bout 100 dollars or so I think.
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GoldenSombrero
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
I have those shelves already. They are a good option and what I got when we first moved in. Plus putting everything in plastic bins. However, they trap dirt/dust under the bottom shelf that's really hard to reach. Plus I just can't seem to keep the garage clean with so many places (open shelves) to trap dust.



NATidefan
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
Here's the ones I have.

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NATidefan
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
Honestly I think you'll regret the cabinets if you really use your tools a lot.

Tools, especially woodworking ones get dirty quick.

Everytime you stick it back in that cabinet it's just gonna be sawdust that your gonna have to get in there and vaccuum out eventually. Use a tote and you can just carry it outside and wash it out.
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NATidefan
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These are 99 dollars on amazon and hold 600 pounds per shelf.

Just wheel those babies around to clean underneath.


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SpeckledTiger
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
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Plus I just can't seem to keep the garage clean with so many places (open shelves) to trap dust


I'm starting to think you're expecting too much cleanliness from a garage.


WPBTiger
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I built some wood shelves for my garage

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GoldenSombrero
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Honestly I think you'll regret the cabinets if you really use your tools a lot.

Tools, especially woodworking ones get dirty quick.


Completely agree. I have a separate part of my garage dedicated to my tools, most of which are in storage tubs. Longterm I have envisions of a mobile outfeed/woodworking table that will store all my tools.

The reason for cabinets is for extra paper goods, shoes, kids toys, cleaning supplies, etc. Stuff we use but not everyday.


GoldenSombrero
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I'm starting to think you're expecting too much cleanliness from a garage.


I don't but my wife certainly does.

I blame it on all the folks who don't own a lawnmower or screwdriver. The only thing in their garage is a car, maybe a bike, and have that fancy epoxy flooring. My thought is, if you're gonna keep your garage so clean leave the garage door closed so you aren't setting a bad precedent for all the DIYers out there.


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Aristo
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
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Honestly I think you'll regret the cabinets if you really use your tools a lot.

Tools, especially woodworking ones get dirty quick.

Everytime you stick it back in that cabinet it's just gonna be sawdust that your gonna have to get in there and vaccuum out eventually. Use a tote and you can just carry it outside and wash it out.




I do a ton of woodworking and this is not an issue. It actually helps keep dust off the tools I don't use. When I finish with a tool I blow it off before I put it back in.

As far as getting tools in and out, I also have shelves on drawer slides inside the cabinets so I can get all the way to the back and have zero issues getting any tools out.


NATidefan
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
Well sure, if you dont mind cleaning your tools extremely well every single time you use them and want to pay for pull out shelves.


NATidefan
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The reason for cabinets is for extra paper goods, shoes, kids toys, cleaning supplies, etc. Stuff we use but not everyday.


That makes sense. But in my experience in a garage you are gonna get spiders, bugs, and dirt in your cabinets.

Just my two cents on it.


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CORIMA
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
cabinets are nice, but also check out the Rubbermade Fasttrack system


Aristo
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
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if you dont mind cleaning your tools extremely well every single time you use them


Nope, I don't mind at all since they are expensive I like to take care of them.

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want to pay for pull out shelves.



A ten pack of drawer slides are 65 dollars on amazon and the shelves are made out of 3/4 plywood. It wasn't too bad. I use the space for crawfish boils and the kid's birthdays (climate controlled), so I like to put as much as I can away. If it were just a closed-off room, I would probably go with those HD metal shelves.



BiggerBear
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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
Here's the ones I went with. Conveient and spacious.

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re: Garage Storage- Give me some ideas
I don't have cabinets, but in my last house I did build simple shelves out of 2x4s. I spaced them high enough to hold two 27 gallon black and yellow plastic totes stacked on each other. I kept everything in totes and it worked great. When we needed something, pull a tote. When we were done, shove it back in the tote and stack it. Winter clothes, power tools, camping gear, holiday decorations, etc all fit just fine and I labeled each tote with a label-maker. I bought the totes from Costco for about $9 each. They were good, heavy quality. When stuff started getting left around, we'd take down totes and stash it appropriately. Sometimes we'd buy a couple new totes. I got plenty of compliments from people passing by and a few requests to build shelves for other garages.


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MNCscripper
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also check out the Rubbermade Fasttrack system


I’ve used this at every home I’ve owned


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