Time to make some changes to the shop. #10: Shop storage solutions for dead space.

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 10-16-2014 11:44 PM 3890 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been making some changes to my workshop. I have this dead space behind my entry door into my shop. Usually it ends up collecting boards… the kind that fall on you when you enter the shop. LOL! So over the weekend I decided to do two things… use up some of the wood I’ve been “collecting” and to clean up the shop. This was the area that my focus went to as I walked in the shop and as I closed the door a board fell and almost hit me. Oops! :)

Sometime last year I decided to take a little nightstand that was headed for the dump and make it into a mobile planer base. It’s lived in this corner every since. It’s a very handy spot.

As you can see… I have some spray paint on a small shelf, my handy extention cord holder and my planer. It really is wasted space. And I can’t really tell what kind of spray paint I have. But first… I have too many gallons of paint, primer and stains that are all over the shop. No good place to store them. So this seemed like the best place so I started building a shelf for those.

A trip to the lumber store? NO WAY!!! How about a trip to my storage building where I hoard… I mean… store my wood. LOL.

In the first pic the very top shelf has some of my cherry boards (that I got for .75 a board foot). The rest of the lumber in both pics is stuff I picked up free. Some are 2×3’s and others are 2×4’s. A local barge company uses them as spacers and throws them out when they are done. Most are 4’ long. Dirty… but good boards. I used the 2×3’s for my shelf.

Like my lumber storage here? An old metal desk frame that I took out of my sons room when he moved out. The top was wood and bowed so I took it to the storage building and ended up finding a good use for it.

I started with my sides. I started to do pocket holes. Had all the holes ready. After the first side I changed my mind. My right angle drill attachment comes in handy when I HAVE to use it. But it’s a pain in the butt. So I just screwed from the outside on the second side. After all… function is the key to this. Not looks.

(You can see the bench I’m also working on in the background on the table)

After I had both sides built I measured my space and I cut some 1/2” plywood for shelves. Again… this was plywood I got free from a contractor. When I told him I’d take those pieces he told me… “there aint no use in taking those Hun… they aint good for nothin”.
He doesn’t know me very well. LOL

(oh man, my shop is a mess!)

Then… onto the next project. I didn’t get any pictures of the build on this one. But simple enough. I built a box out of 1/2” plywood (from the same guy). Then I cut the shelves. I just used my brad nailer and some glue for this. I made four spacers for my slanted shelves. Got the plans for this over at I like how this turned out. For the back I used a 1/4” sheet of plywood. Again… I used a piece of junky ply that I found at my friends house when they were moving. They were going to throw it in the dump. Not with me around!!!

No finish was necessary. These are just shop pieces that I made out of all free lumber. Only cost was the screws and the brad nails that I used. And of course they were ones I had on hand. Now I can see all my finishing supplies… Paint, spray paint, stain, pre stain, finishes… all in one place. And no more boards falling. Dead space gone.

Only one problem. Almost completely full. What shall I do when I get more? LOL!
Thanks for reading!

Don’t you love my planer stand? LOL. I just make a base, added some wheels and the night stand actually just sits down in it. When I need it I just wheel it out and then put it back when I’m done. Very handy!

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 12:11 AM

You are such an inspiration to all of us

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-17-2014 12:14 AM

I gotta say, you definitely know how to make use of scrap wood! But it’s efficient—using material you have on hand, and making your workshop function better.

Of course, not getting conked on the head is always good….....!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 10-17-2014 01:30 AM

Great idea for the slanted spray can shelves, think I’ll steal it!


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#4 posted 10-17-2014 01:48 AM

What Dale said.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 02:07 AM

Awesome repurposing space and materials!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#6 posted 10-17-2014 02:14 AM


When will you be ready to start on mine? I’ve been trying but I get it more disorganized every time I try to organize it better! You’ve made good progress and it’s always good to use what you have. I’ve been trying to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 10-17-2014 02:55 AM

L/W… If you look around the shop… it’s still a mess. Only that one little corner is organized. LOL

Dale and drewpy… I got the idea and plans for the slanted shelves over at I changed the dimensions to fit my little space above the planer and between the other shelf and garage door.

I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I build a shop project and even more so when I use up material that I have on hand.

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#8 posted 10-17-2014 10:53 AM

I love it, and the price is right. Being creative trumps spending every time! Nice project.

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#9 posted 10-18-2014 01:37 AM

Great use of that dead space and the extra wood.


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#10 posted 10-18-2014 10:44 AM

Yup! The slanted shelves for spray cans is definitely worth stealing!


-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#11 posted 10-20-2014 11:20 AM

You got it goin on Angie

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#12 posted 10-20-2014 06:00 PM

Nothing like a hunk o’ wood up side the ole noggin to motivate you!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 10-28-2014 02:40 AM

I can totally relate with what you have just said about boards falling onto you as soon as you step into the workshop. I did some spring cleaning over the past weekends but things just seem to increase in number endlessly in there. I have also created some shelves to provide extra storage space to organize things and keep them in place. When things are neat and tidy, the tendency of them falling over is much lower, hence keeping you safe.

-- Thomas Maloney -

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