What's behind door #1

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Project by hjt posted 03-30-2011 05:11 AM 2502 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Da little woman is always complaining that we have too much wasted space. So in an effort to help us get organized, while at Home Depot, she picked up a copy of “Get Organized.” This was The Family Handyman’s magazine during the 1st quarter of 2010. Never to be one accused of diving in too quickly… a year later I built this handy shelving unit!

Behind most every door is about 5” of wasted space. This space is perfect for storing small things like aerosol cans, quart bottles of oil, and the like.

Looking at the article I thought to myself… “no problem, I should have this up quickly.” Well, with my limited experience, even this small project offered me some challenges. This first challenge were the three 2×4’s supporting the door hinges. These 2x’s were not flush and the wall is not straight.

This meant that I needed to add a board and I needed to learn how to cut this to fit. Thanks to the many wonderful folks of LJ, I got plenty of help with that question.

I’m very happy with the way this turned out. It holds a lot of stuff, it looks great, and the shelves are level!! Plus, I learned how to use several tools. I learned how to use a Speed Square to calculate angles so the boards laid flush against the wall.

I learned how to cut the board discussed above with the use a jig that the LJ buddies suggested. The photo below shows the use of a simple sled. I used double sided carpet tape to hold my pressure treated wood to a piece of pine. The PT is set on this board so that when ripped, it is 4.5 inches wide at the top and tappers down to 4 inches at the bottom. The board is 75 inches tall.

And I used my jointer planner the first time!!

-- Harold

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 05:45 AM


Great job! If my wife see’s that I’ll be busy for a while… Might just show it to her…

Thanks for the post!

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 08:33 AM

Looks good from here! I have always thought about using the hollow space in the walls in a similar manner, but have never do it, yet ;-)

-- 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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#3 posted 03-30-2011 10:36 AM

Nice work, Looks great. Nice to be organized. The only thing wrong with this picture is the BUC’s? No No….LOL Embarrased to say, I’m a Raider fan…. I know….. Started when I was 7 living in Michigan go figure.

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 02:01 PM

Cool, that unit really holds a lot of things in a normally unused space. (So your wife was correct!)
And it seems you learned a lot from that project, so that’s even better.

-- ~Julie~

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 07:25 PM

If my garage was that neat my wife would have a heart attack.

Nice project.

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

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 08:22 PM

Very nice! More organization means more time in the shop getting fun stuff done.

And now you’ve made more space for some new tools! =)

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 10:17 PM

Yes Julie.. da little woman had it right… this time!! It was a neat project and I did learn a lot.

Rex – just make certain that you have the wifie’s life insurance policy paid prior to the clean up. Then you can get lots of new tools from the proceeds! Just helping a fellow LJ anyway I can.

Josh – Actually just get a new tool chest, so the organization continues. I”ll post that later.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 11:27 PM

Nice use of space Harold. I am sure the WAF is high on this project.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 03-31-2011 12:34 AM

Scott – Thank you. Almost makes me wish I had more doors in the workshop. I”m a tad slow – what is WAF?

-- Harold

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 08:08 AM


GREAT job! Totally agree – lots of wasted space around the home. De-clutter and utilize dead space – a great combo.

Built a similar thing in the laundry room (see my Wall Mounted Shelving Unit). Had a little more depth to play with.

Thanks for sharing. Play / be safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 07-04-2013 01:36 PM

Nice use of space. It’s also great that a small project like this increased your knowledge. Sometimes I’m amazed at what I learn from the little projects.

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#12 posted 07-04-2013 02:01 PM

Angie – thanks. You are right, and for me, each project is a learning opportunity. I just wish I’d remember some of the stuff I “learn!” I get so frustrated when I make stupid mistakes.

This was a great small project that took a load of crap off the table, out of boxes and organized it. YEAH!!!

-- Harold

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