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Project by dakotawood posted 05-06-2014 01:12 AM 2751 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife (and I) wanted more cabinet storage in our garage. I hate open shelving as it gets dusty and cobwebs, etc. I have really tall garage ceilings – might as well build up. These are pretty tall – but I will only place storage things up there that receives seldom use. Or the kids’ sports gear and stuff in the off season.

I had a week off from work last week, so to the shop I go. Pretty no frills cabinets. They match all my other cabinets in my shop. Birch ply bought at Menard’s (big box store in the Midwest). Maple framed door with 1/4” birch ply for panels. Adjustable shelf pin shelves. Frameless fully overlay euro hinges. Hung with a cleat in the back. I now have 8 cabinets total with plans to build one or two more down the road.

She wanted storage. Storage she shall have. LOL!!!

One tasty tidbit: I found nice, cheap full overlay euro hinges at Home Depot. Liberty is the brand. Full adjustability same as the expensive ones. Literally half the price of comparable Blum hinges. A pack of 10 PAIRS was $20. They are not the snap in kind. But really that only helps when first assembling them. So, took just a touch more time per door, but great savings.

Another tidbit: LOVE my new shop apron from Duluth Trading Company!!!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 05-06-2014 01:16 AM

Good use of space. Good looking cabinets.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 07:15 PM

Thanks Monte!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 09:34 PM

Great looking cabinets!

Was it difficult to stack the cabinets on top of one another with the cleats? It looks like you may have left a small gap between the top and bottom row of cabinets?
I too am going to be building some garage cabinets. About 16 ft wide x 12ft tall worth. I want to use cleats but I am concerned about mounting the cleat accurately enough that they will look good without a huge gap between the upper and lower rows of cabinets.

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#4 posted 05-07-2014 07:26 PM

Thanks! Yes, I was concerned about that as well. But I love the cleat so much – so easy to toss the cabinets up on cleat. Makes install a breeze.

All I did was measure carefully to predict the gap. I ended up with maybe a 1/4” gap between the cabinets. I usually make my overlay door a touch taller and wider than the cabinets. So, with the ease of adjustability of the euro hinges, I was able to fine tune each door so it would be a fairly consistent gap between all cabinets – left/right and up/down. It took some tinkering, but was able to get it to look pretty uniform. I also realized I needed to shim in the back where the cleats meet each other at two different places. I’m pretty sure this was due to my walls. I don’t believe that sanded their mud seams much in the garage when they built the house. Each stud was quite proud of the rest of the wall – just FYI.

I also started from the top down. Hung the top cleat first as I wanted it to be a certain height. Then hung that cabinet. Measured and marked where the lower cleat should go. Mount bottom cleat. I had a helper to install – so I was able to lift up on upper cabinet while lower cabinet was slide onto lower cleat.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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