7/10/23 3:41 p.m.

Since garage threads are all the rage... laugh

I've been hoarding a few things for a year and I've been meaning to start organizing and building my garage mahal into something I've truly wanted. in preparing my space to get my MR2 moved up I need to get my tractor running so it can be moved, and to do THAT I need to take care of the mountain of spare parts and materials I have in my way... So it's naturally time for a garage sort and cabinet thread! Brought to you by "Dumpster diving for free plywood!"

First- the westhand side. To the right we have a frustrating ladder that's always in the way for which I've got a kit that should allow it to be stored on the ceiling. The space it takes up once had shelves that fell apart the instant they were moved- I have a choice between remaking new ones, or using cheap collapsible metal bars I recently got for a kind of facsimile. I'd prefer new shelves to keep everything clean, but anything is better than what I have now and I want it to feel open. That side will be for spare parts and "big" items.

For the part near the box and EV charger, we have scrap steel for projects, a remaining cabinet full of bike parts, a creeper needing a rebuild, and scrap wood.

Other side. Most of those bikes have to go, the tractor is being worked on, and that screen door is missing a part before it can be attached and used. Of note is all the yard tools, which in my I have an idea for...

7/10/23 3:52 p.m.

First off- an option for all that spare pallet wood. We all have long tools and I'm no different, but I have both rubber hanger stays but could make this too. It appeals to me because my rakes, brooms and weed wackers are pretty big- and in the future I want it all moved outside to a garden shed anyway.


Next ideas are provided from Gearheadmb and his old barn- I hope to directly steal, thieve, hook and crook his ideas for screw and nail storage, oil funnels, and maybe bin stowage if I want my mountain of uLines hidden like that. I don't *think* I do right now- I think it would be better for me to have them more individualized with like, some for bike parts and some for MR2 bits- but I'm not picky and I'm open to any ideas on how to clear the space.

So let's see what I can do tonight... perhaps my neighbors will be around and their son open to a "new" mountain bike.

preach GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/10/23 4:37 p.m.

I love garage/shop builds!

7/10/23 5:26 p.m.

I would start this adventure by getting all of this non-automotive stuff out of the space and into a shed that is banished to the deepest corner of the lot! Yard stuff does not belong in a shop!


Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
7/11/23 9:48 a.m.

To anyone trying to organize their garage into the perfect working space - get a shed cool I have one, need to build another as the kids' bikes keep finding their way in.

7/11/23 10:40 a.m.

In reply to Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) :

I will, but I first have a crack shack to tear down before that can happen.

First step is easy- I got 17 uLine containers at a local reseller for $0.50 each. Washed em all out, because I fist want to start with a clean slate and have as little dirt on my stuff as possible. Cleaner spaces are just nicer to work in.

7/17/23 12:04 p.m.

Trying to put some holes in boards and I found that perhaps the threaded tip on a spade bit isn't the best.

Sub optimal. Guess it's time to use Forester bits instead...

ProDarwin MegaDork
7/17/23 12:13 p.m.

I came here just to say props for using the "home ownership sucks" tag, but interestingly when you click on it, this thread does not show in the list.

7/21/23 1:38 p.m.

Small continued progress; work in and on other things has stymied me a bit, but that's home ownership for us all.

For these 6 foot pine boards, 10 holes would have been best for each individual tool, but I don't have the space and they don't have the rigidity. I ended up going with 7 holes, which still gives more than a foot of room between the spokes for the wides heads on the rake and push brooms. Angled cuts are to come- they will be mounted to these scrap pine boards from other wrecked pallets which will in turn be mounted to the studs. Also was a fool and discovered my impact gun was faster and easier than messing with speeds on my drill press for this one.

Also sorted out my scrap metals a bit. They're all pieces of cheap mounting hardware to put monitors on walls; should be good for metal boxes and floors in time for practice.

7/30/23 1:04 p.m.


Rack is complete, and junk is being hung from it! Ended up using 6 inch long screws to secure it to the studs; it's strong enough to handle far more than I ever intended for it.

I ended up drilling 7, 1 3/4ths holes with a spade bit, then cutting the channels with a 50 degree cut from the circular saw. I picked the hole size based.on the thickest shaft devil Which were the limb cutters, and spaced them based on the widest tool- which is a rake.


These projects are both for home improvement, but also getting opinions and hang out time with my stepfather. Case in point is this ladder; I wanted it off the ground, and had a kit to attach it to a winching system which was overkill. I had forgotten I had these overhead storage racks for siding and boards, so we quickly swapped out the aluminum screws holding them for upgraded ones and mounted the ladder. It darkened the garage slightly, but now it' the floor too which is another win!

Next up; not too sure tbh, perhaps I'll make that welding cart...

8/19/23 12:29 p.m.

Huh, it doesn't feel like 2 weeks since I last posted cool

So like most of us, I let clutter get the best of me at some point. Happens to us all, but in working on the garage I quickly recognized that the workshop needs sorting and shelving before I continue to commit to the garage- part of that being driven by how these spaces will intersect, as the workshop will be where soldering and electronic work is performed.

First, get the door bench top cleaned enough to see it...

That's better.

Now, the I've been getting donation supplies also had tons of shelves; very cheap MDF boards with a dark oak veneer. Getting 4 for $0.50 is pretty great, so I nabbed tons and began chopping them apart for shelves in-between the studs. Headboard also goes up, because of the prior owner I have tons of free hangers to use.

Much better! Now to do a half dozen more laugh

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