Shop Storage (Over the Garage Door)

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Project by MayflowerDescendant posted 10-16-2010 10:56 AM 18516 views 24 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Utilization of our woodworking space and adequate storage, are two issues most of us struggle with. In my case, I wanted to leverage the space / height above my garage door (approximately 24-inches). After allowing for adequate clearance of the garage door hardware, roller and spring mechanisms, the shelf sits about 12-inches from the ceiling.

The shelf itself is 1/2-inch birch ply, 22-inches deep by 13-feet across (two sections of 6’ 6”). It is trimmed in fir (about 1 and 1/2 inch wide to create a lip top and bottom), with three coats of Helmsman, Indoor/Outdoor, Semi-Gloss, Spar Urethane.

For the hardware, I used Lee Valley’s Heavy-Duty Shelving System (white, double-slotted, powder-coated), 24-inch standards (Product # 17K36.02) and 19-inch Double-Brackets (Product # 17K37.19).

For storage bins, I hunted around and found medium size, flip-top storage containers (at Home Depot) that measure 9-inches deep, 12-inches wide and 18-inches long. There are 13 of them, across the 13-feet of shelving. I keep everything from various finishing supplies (brushes, steel wool, gloves, etc.) to extra dust collector bags in them – all that STUFF you need and is / “was” piled up on my various work surfaces. No longer!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 11:45 AM

Nice job and a great Idea !!!! Might have to copy that for my garage !!!!

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 12:58 PM

Great idea! Do you really need that many brackets?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 03:13 PM

Well, after looking at the pictures, I couldn’t help but think that your garage looks very similar to mine. To improve on the similarities I think I will have to do something like that in also.
Thanks for the great idea.
I like the lumber rack on the side wall. In my garage shop, I have wood stored almost in the same place.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 03:14 PM

Great idea. Until now I’ve always written off that space in my garage.
Thanks for posting.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 04:44 PM

Great idea. Guess what I’m doing!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 01:55 AM

Looks like I’m not the first one that is going to steal this idea. Never even thought of using that space. Thanks.

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 02:27 AM

Great idea :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 10:36 AM

Great Idea!! Going into “Favs” for sure.

Thanks also for the Excellent description that you did with it. Sometimes all to Lacking in Other Projects.


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 05:13 PM

Hope you don’t mind, I put your idea in my favorites for a future look. I probably will do!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 05:15 PM

A great idea, you can never have too many shelves.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 10-18-2010 08:23 PM

Great use of wasted space.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 11-03-2010 04:41 PM


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#13 posted 11-03-2010 04:46 PM

I was wondering… Did you notice an increase in noise when operating the garage door? Boxes or things in boxes rattling?

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 11:50 PM

Milo … No. Header / wall / centre track mount over the garage door really solid, insulated and drywalled. If anything, it might be a littled quieter via sound absorption (versus noise echoing off the header wall / ceiling). Storage containers / contents have not moved at all.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 11-04-2010 06:36 PM

love it! was just looking for ideas for that area…this is nice.. I may modify but love the basic concept! nice and clean! good work

-- Pabs

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