Shop Renovation #5: Some needed storage - with pictures

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 06-24-2010 08:04 PM 2680 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First things first, my updated to do list:

To Do (bold items are complete as of this blog posting):

1) Clean up and trash unused items/unusable scrap
2) Consolidate everything in the center of the garage
3) Rough in wiring and electrical
4) Get a sub-panel installed
5) Fiberglass insulation
6) Drywall and Mudding
7) Repeat step One
8) Prime (and maybe paint)
9) Install Fire Extinguisher

10) Add T8 light fixtures 11) Reattach hanging items that will be reused
12) Build a more substantial wall mounted lumber rack

13) Complete and re-purpose my mobile lumber rack/sheet goods storage
14) Take a hiatus from woodworking to hang out with the family
15) Build some small projects for gifts
16) Build shop cabinets, router table, workbench, miter station, etc.

I had to temporarily skip step 10. I’m trying to save a little money at the moment and installing light fixtures will be the most expensive part of the renovation. My original budget says it will take about 25% of my total budget but my latest estimate says it will go up to 40% (although with savings elsewhere, I should be able to keep the total budget the same).

I was able to do some work to get a few items off the ground and out of the way. This involved hanging my car ramps, creeper, and jacks on the wall. I also want to hang my ladders on the wall too, but haven’t come up with a good way to do this yet. I want them up and out of the way, but still accessible. Any ideas?

I also hung up my old Triton lumber rack. I had this thing so weighed down before, I had to have been close to the weight limit. That made me nervous, so I am using it to store shorter boards and it is in a more out of the way space. Less weight means I don’t need to worry about a collapse. Here is a photo with about 1/3 what I used to have on it.

you can see what I mean when I say it is up a little higher

A while ago, ~Julie~ posted a lumber rack project that looked as if it would suit my needs quite well. Here is a link to her project that I used for inspiration. Thanks Julie!

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I’m not sure if I built it the same way she did, but it seems to be holding up so far. Here are some pictures of my version.

I’m not sure if I’m going to continue blogging this. I really wanted to thank a couple people that helped me with the earlier steps and I’ve done that now. Otherwise, I feel like I’m just posting the same things posted by others before me. It just doesn’t seem to interest all that many people. Maybe I’ll just do one “final” post when/if I get to that point. Maybe I’ll be re-invigorated in the future, but that is the plan for now.

11 comments so far

View PurpLev's profile


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#1 posted 06-24-2010 08:18 PM

Keep on posting Hokie! seems like in todays economy people are reserving their comments for better times ;) but I’m sure many are interested to see how things progress.

I personally lost track of your posting for some reason and missed the last 2 postings which I actually found very interesting (electrical esp.)

it may be too late – although , I thinkg it may NOT bee to late- but as far as the lumber rack – I’d opt for a moveable shelf setup that you can change the heights on those brackets if you need to. Then again, I’m not really sure if those need to be moved much – if ever :)

Looking forward to the next installment.

FYI. I usually blog for my own benefit so that I can later go through it and see how I progressed through some projects like a movie/story :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 09:33 PM

I agree…keep the posts going. I like watching how it goes. Also, I get those big flat looking hooks and screw them into studs and hang ladders there.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 10:05 PM

Good luck with your remodel.

I have 2 long extension ladders & one smaller hung on L shaped shelf brackets in my Garage. 2 brackets for each ladder screwed into the studs. I built my Garage with an 11ft tall ceiling so I could turn plywood without hitting the ceiling. With the ladders up high they are not in the way.

I also hung 2 bicycles from the ceiling with coated hooks that look like a ? upside down screwed into the trusses.

I have been cleaning, throwing away junk for the last 6 months and repainting for the last month.
You will get there just keep slugging away.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 10:35 PM

Keep posting! The more pics the better.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 10:36 PM

So far so good. I also have eyed Julie’s lumber rack, and now yours looks good too. I am going to need to build one.

It is a good blog and will probably serve to inspire some like me to keep tackling some of those shop jobs that always seem to be there.

Down side of adding equipment for me is that I have to re-arrange and then build some shop tables or miter stations.

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Gary Fixler

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 07:00 AM

Nicely done, and wow is your ceiling up there! If I had that kind of headroom, I think I’d build a second floor and devote it to finishing or something ;)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 03:44 PM

How nice to see that someone saw my lumber rack and was inspired by it!
Yours looks very similar to mine, hope you continue to use and enjoy it for many years.

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 08:45 PM

I currently have a 24’ extension ladder mounted on my wall. It’s hanging on two miniature versions of Julie’s lumber rack solution. The main difference (apart from only being 12” tall or whatever) is that instead of plywood on the sides to brace the “platform” I used a 2×4 directly underneath, aligned at a 45 degree angle. It works just fine. The bad thing is that it takes up an absolute ton of wall space.

In order to free up all that space, I plan to move the ladder to my ceiling instead. This is what I’m looking at doing (it’s the third project down):

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"

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#9 posted 06-28-2010 09:08 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys. I hope people didn’t think I was fishing for comments. That wasn’t the intent. I just couldn’t tell if people were reading. I will try to see this one through to the end regardless of future comments.

I do appreciate the encouragement though. (-:

I’ll post some specific responses in a separate comment in a moment.

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#10 posted 06-28-2010 09:16 PM

Purp – Thanks for the kind words. I understand the adjustable rack idea. It certainly crossed my mind. I think this is a reasonable compromise. After installing the first row of shelves, I switched from nails to screws. I should be able to rearrange if necessary, but I can’t imagine when I would ever need to.

Swede and CyBorge – Thanks for the ideas. I used to use some L shaped hangers, but my main concern with doing it again is being able to reach the ladder when a workbench is underneath it. I’d actually need to reach over stuff to get it, and its a 32’ ladder so not exactly light for someone with a nagging rotator cuff injury. I do like the idea of hanging it from the ceiling though since I try to avoid climbing a 32’ ladder whenever possible anyway. It is a high ceiling though…

Gary – I can see why you might think there is a lot of headroom. There is by normal standards, but I wish I had more. Trying to paint while climbing onto those elevated shelves of mine was quite tiring. I don’t think a 3 foot tall second store would be worth the hassle. lol.

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#11 posted 12-09-2010 04:06 AM

That looks good, great blog.

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