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Stepping up to a canning storage solution

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Project by luv2learn posted 313 days ago 1734 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stair runs from my garage/shop to our second floor all-purpose room. It is a secondary stair, the main stair being in our living area. We were faced with a shortage of storage for our canned goods. We had filled several shelves in one of our closets and several additional shelves that I built in the garage with canned produce from our garden. However, this season we ran out of shelf space and the freshly prepared canned goods were sitting on the dining room table without a home.

Rather than using up more floor and wall space by building more conventional shelving i came up with this idea. It doesn’t take up an once of floor space or wall space, it doesn’t encroach on the stairway, and you don’t need a step stool to reach the shelves. Everything is at eye level as you walk up the stairs. My wife love it.

Oh, all my garage/shop space is heated with radiant floor heat so freezing isn’t a problem. This was a quick solution to a pressing problem. It’s not pretty but it is very functional. Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 313 days ago

Looks like a great solution to me; and, it has to be a great feeling to be so well stocked for this winter. Congratulations on both counts!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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woodshaver

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#2 posted 313 days ago

Lee, You are one clever guy! That is a perfect solution for storing your can goods. Nice thinking, nice job!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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JL7

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#3 posted 313 days ago

Great solution…..bravo…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 312 days ago

That is very smart. Nice job.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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ejvc

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#5 posted 312 days ago

Looks really nice – I’d love something as functional as this!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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majuvla

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#6 posted 312 days ago

Very original usage of free space. Every inch is matter and counts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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BusterB

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#7 posted 312 days ago

L2L, fantastic use of previously wasted space Lee. With the craft cabinet (which you bled for) and now this…your stock must be trading pretty high with the missus….thats always a good thing. The happier the wife, the more I can get away with…lol Stay safe buddy and keep building.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 312 days ago

Thanks everyone for your kind words and positive encouragements. Lumberjocks are the best people!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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cajunpen

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#9 posted 312 days ago

What a great problem to have – so much food that you have to make additional space for it. I love it when a problem, requires me to go to the shop and build a solution. Well done Lee, and good for you – being a “city slicker” I can’t relate to canned goods, I’m one of the unlucky people that depends on Del Monte and Green Giant for my packaged food. Your canned goods must taste soooo much better.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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hoss12992

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#10 posted 312 days ago

Very creative. Love what you came up with. Great job

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Knothead62

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#11 posted 312 days ago

Great use of extra space. What prevents the boxes/drawers from falling out of your hands? Do you have some sort of stop at the back?

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 312 days ago

Knothead62,

The boxes/shelves are permanently attached to the 2×4 framework.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 312 days ago

That is a great solution to using all available space. I love it!
The other good thing about it is that is a visual reminder of what you have. Too often storage is “deep” and you can’t see what is in the back. You won’t have that problem! Nice going!!!!!!!!!!!!

................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 312 days ago

Thanks Jim, I think this was one of my better ideas for all the reasons you stated. My wife already loves it :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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ohwoodeye

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#15 posted 311 days ago

It’s always a wise thing to have extra food on hand when it comes time to hide in your basement in order to survive the Zombie-Apocalypse.
Well Done!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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