Small shop needed I looked up

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Project by airfieldman posted 03-24-2014 05:08 AM 2117 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like so many of you, my small shop (small, single car garage) has limited storage space. The first thing I had done was to hang some extra large shelves (which you van see in use at the top of pic #2). Then I had built a basic cabinet for supplies (not shown). This became so cluttered (hence it not being pictured) that I had to do something.

So I built a swing away shelving unit. I believe this to be pretty unique. I had a dickens of a time deciding how to keep it in the up position, so I called on my best “out-of-the-box thinker” wife. The third and fourth picture was what she came up with. A lot better than the rope and pulley contraption that was going through my head.

It’s basic, it’s ugly, and it’s perfect for me!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 12:50 PM

That’s ingenious!

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 01:29 PM

Very nice solution to a problem in every shop! But from past experience I can most definitely tell you that liquids stored on their sides will most likely become a problem. Even spray cans! Better for dry goods, tools, other supplies!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 02:19 PM

Necessity breeds some cool and unique ideas.

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 02:40 PM

This will be a great organizational addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 10:34 PM

Dayum your wife sure is smart lol.Very nice and way to solve a problem with a simple solution . Not simple in having to think it up, construct it and make it all work!

-- Pie

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 10:44 PM

Good thinking great idea.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 11:17 PM

Good on your wife for the idea. If it becomes difficult to open the carabiners while trying to hold up the shelf, you could consider some “S” hooks available at the big box stores. They might be easier to unhook.

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 12:33 PM

Great solution, good job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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