I'd mentioned yesterday that I was nearly finished with a lumber storage rack, and today I get to show you the HUGE difference it's making in whipping my garage into shape!
I kinda followed the instructions here, so I won't go step-by-step (Ethan actually did a wonderful job explaining how it was done!), but I'll tell you how I made it cheaper based on some stuff I'd already had on-hand.
Let's refresh your memory with the "before"
On the floor in the front of the garage sat all of the lumber that was too big to go into my workshop. There was also an amazing door that I put on Craigslist yesterday (*sad face*), some drywall from when we knocked down the wall/archways in the living room and some large boxes meant to recycle cans (that have been what I use to paint on). As you can see, it was a mess.
Well, it's not anymore.
As I said, I followed the directions here, but instead of buying two new sheets of plywood, I used a 12" wide sheet that I already had, and bought eight 1x3 furring strips. This whole project ended up costing about $15.
I had never created a jig using my table saw, so it took a second for me to figure out how it was done (I'll admit, I was initially a little intimidated and had actually considered cutting all of the angles with my circular saw). Here's a quick run-through (actually, I'd forgotten to take pictures between the second and third steps, but I know you can all infer what was done).
It went much more quickly than cutting all the angles with the circular saw, and now I'm sure I can figure out how to make my own simple jigs. WOOT for both!
I had anticipated the project to take about 3 hours, but I had too many blonde moments (the first and last time I will ever use this phrase on my blog), and I think it ended up taking closer to 6 hours.
I don't have a ton of full-lenght boards, so this totally meets all of my needs. I was able to stand on the angled boards and jump, so it's beyond sturdy. I plan to use the top shelf for the stuff I want to keep but will need minimal access to such as trim or shelving boards ripped out of closets (I'm too short to reach up there, which is why the drywall compound is sitting where it is in the "finished" picture, so anything up there has to be used infrequently). The middle shelf gets my full-lenght dimensional lumber, and the bottom shelf can fit full sheets of ply. There's somewhere for everything!
The best part? I get to check something off of my list...
Of course I'll keep you updated on the progress. How's your lumber situation? Can you think of any other uses for this storage system?