Rolling Storage

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 10-06-2013 12:26 AM 1921 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I have already shown you all some pictures of my disaster area garage. My challenge is to make as much use of vertical storage as possible. My storage solutions have to reduce chaos. What good does it do to have space and jam all manner of things into that area. You may end up with floor space for a while but the first time you need something from the bottom of a mammoth pile, the Whole durn thing goes sideways.

I was thrilled with the recent projects about rolling storage. They made great sense, they were inexpensive to build and they could be moved! That is a super attractive feature to me. My garage storage is going to be on wheels wherever possible. Thank you LJ’s for the great ideas!

I know that top notch casters are fairly expensive so I tried an experiment. I used a harbor freight coupon and bought 4 of their 12” X 18” moving dollies, for 8.99 each. I attached some 2X4 cross beams to the bottom of the shelf then screwed 2 dollies to the bottom of the cross beams. I’ll give a fair report about my rolling solution IF it breaks down. I don’t think it will but I heard that wood warps? Imagine that! ;) I’ll watch it over the coming months to see if I start to have any issues.

I’m winning back my garage a few square feet at a time. Thanks for looking and thanks for the solutions.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 12:36 AM

Super slick cart Mark. Handy as the pocket on a shirt. Gotta hit HF myself next week for a couple of dollies. Finally worked my way through the last batch I bought. Hard to beat 8 bucks for 4- 3” casters so I hope you left a few…lol. Great build buddy

-- 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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#2 posted 10-06-2013 12:38 AM

thats a great way to get to all those things
that as you say
wind up under and behind the piles
it seems to take longer to find something
than it does to use it

good for just about any shop
and saves not only space
but time too

a great share

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 12:51 AM

Looks great. Sometimes I think we get more satisfaction from organizing our shops. It sure helps efficiency.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 12:57 AM

You are on the right track MARK one step at a time .
I have one of those dolly’s and put my band saw on it and have not had a problem and the price at $12.00 was right .
My work centre also works well and is on a mobile base which came with the saw ,just added a steel frame .
Mobile is the way to go when space is limited and has to serve more the one purpose .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 03:51 AM

COOL Portable Storage unit!

Best for the Day / WEEK / YEAR!!

What a SUPER WAY to get Casters CHEAP!! <==================

That is SO SO SO COOL!! Love it!

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 05:19 AM

Mobile storage cart looks Great Mark, castors are our friends.

Where’d you find that floor, Craig’s List ? ...or have you been saving it for this project all along ? ;-)

I think I see a Pheonix rising from the back corner of your shop, my friend.

Work Safely and have Fun (organizing). – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 11:35 AM

Nice work Mark, have seen those adds and debated making a real effort to go and pick some of them up, glad to hear that they appear worthy of purchase… Sure your cart will serve you well, grats on the successful battle for shop space/organization and thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#8 posted 10-06-2013 02:40 PM

My friends,

Thank you so much for your vote of confidence. I’ve got to tell you that I debate posting things like this because, they are not hard to do. With all the teaching my LJ friends have given me, these easy builds just fall into place.


I have 4 more. 3 of them are currently committed to keeping heavy piles of stuff mobile while I continue to fight for every square foot.


The pile issue is inevitably the first thing that happens after I clean up the garage. I’m not going to keep cleaning the garage just to make the chaos look better. I’m biting the bullet.


I’ve always respected your ability to solve problems. I review your projects often for solutions. I agree with you about getting satisfaction from making something work. In this case, garage organization.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 03:02 PM


Thanks for your positive take on my solutions. If it all works out, I’m going to be able to build some awesome pieces just like you. Well, an organized work space and 20 more years of practice. ;)


What a super compliment! As much as I’d like to say that I’m not posting to hear compliments like that, I’d be fibbing. It always raises my spirit a bit.


Thank you my good friend for the kind words. I also like the compassionate way you insert some of your lessons. I’m sorry that I purchased new flooring for my last 2 projects. I am keeping my eyes open for materials I can reclaim. Unfortunately, I have so many reclaimed projects to be worked that, my garage looks like it does. I’ll go back to reclaiming for future projects. ;)


Yes sir. I threw down the gauntlet. The war is on. Those little dollies have served me well in the past. They are some of the few things I buy from HF with confidence. (Foam brushes, those blue gloves, and a few things that I will only use a few times in my life.

I’m going to keep posting my battles. I know it’s silly but you guys are like friends and family on the sideline who cheer the exhausted marathon runner and encourage him to take another step. It means a lot! I’m going to start up the next hill now.


-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 10-06-2013 04:19 PM

Thanks for sharing. Storage is always a problem. This looks like it will work great. Please keep posting. Every project we post will help someone with an idea or a problem they have.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 05:19 PM


Point well taken. Thank you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 10-06-2013 07:38 PM

Mark, you’re on your way to solving the storage issues. I wished you lived close for I could get you a ton of 2” casters with a 5/16”-18 stud on top for 2 bits a piece. I put them on everything and the one thing that I noticed the biggest advantage was all my trash barrels for chips, wood chunks and just trash. They move around effortlessly now. The wood barrel got to be a real chore when it got even half full.

That air space is still usable!!.................Jim

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

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#13 posted 10-07-2013 02:12 AM

Howdy Jim. I Forgot about something you mentioned. Now that I have rafters, I have slots between them. Hmmm.

That’s a great price on those casters. Sounds like I could have saved 15 bucks. I’ll keep my eyes open for bargains in the neighborhood.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#14 posted 10-07-2013 03:30 PM

Great idea—thanks for the post.

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

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#15 posted 10-07-2013 05:54 PM

John, isn’t this remedial to your shop? Your’s is a masterpiece. I appreciate the compliment but I hope to one day set up a shop like yours.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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