A journey into the workshop. #15: More storage improvements.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-05-2009 01:01 AM 1672 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had a reasonably busy weekend of restructuring my storage in the garage workshop. I am finally getting around to removing the mistakes I made a couple of years ago by purchasing some very LIGHT duty undersized storage shelves with a usable shelf size of 12” deep x 24” wide. These are being replaced slowly but surely by a heavy duty (as much as common plastic shelving can be) “24” deep x 36 wide shelving units from Lowes.

While both units appear to be made of ABS plastic, there is a readily apparent difference in the thickness of the plastic in use. The new ones are substantially thicker, with molded in ribbing for stiffening. The support columns are substantially thicker, and the completed assembly is noticably sturdier.

Aside from removal of rickety storage units, the bigger part of the reason behind this was to have a more efficient system for storing my stuff. I have so far tranferred the contents of all 5 shelves of my first unit, and am taking up only 2 of the 5 shelves on the new unit. I have a total of 5 shelving units to replace. I figure 2 of these will do the trick…

The organization kick is partially due to wanting to get my camping gear out of the garage and into totes up in the attic (mostly toted up now) AND to better organize lawn & garden while it is in the garage…

I hope and pray I am making progress, because right now, I can’t even see the top of the table saw, or either workbench…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 01:26 AM

wood shelves work too.

-- Custom furniture

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 03:05 AM

I assume that this is the most cost effective solution. WE NEED PICTURES OF THE MESS…... You must understand. It makes the rest of us feel good to see others in distress, so we know we are not alone. I assume, in the midst of your calamity, you didn’t get my message re the project tables with the picnic table legs. It is waiting. Cheap, Cheap, Cheap solution….....did I mention CHEAP. No, No, that is wrong….Cost Efficient. Ahhh, sounds better. Hope your day has gone well?!?


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 03:41 AM

Quite well… Yeah, I got the message. Haven’t had much time to look into the link you sent though…

Plastic was chosen due to cost factors… I do plan on wood in other areas though…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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