Portable Storage and Shop Organizer Shelving

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Project by timbertailor posted 11-03-2014 02:59 PM 2964 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sure this has happened to many of us. You hang some temporary shelving with full intentions of building something more structurally sound but you never seem to get around to building them until they come crashing down on you.

I was trying to move things around and get more organized when the flimsy metal supports gave out under the load and shifting weight (see last photo). Nearly dropped my router from the top shelf when it all came tumbling down and had to stop what I was doing to come up with another solution.

I reused most of the shelving but had a bunch of left over poplar from another project to build the frames. This is a compression design. Almost all the load is carried by a 2”x 2” running the entire length below the shelves. A handful of screws were used to hold it against the wall and allows me to take them with me when I move. It is all screwed, glued, and nailed together.

I bought a bunch of these yellow and black storage cases and decided to incorporate them into the design. I used to have them stacked upon one another and had to un-shuffle them every time I needed something. Having them all at eye level really makes them far more convenient and eventually, I hope to get all the “odds and ends” buckets I have stacked on the shelves sorted into portable storage cases as time permits. I have accumulated a LOT of loose nuts and bolts over the years.

NOW, I can get back to my normally scheduled projects.

Thanks for watching.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 11:17 PM

very nice,looks great.can you come and organize my shop:)

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 11:53 PM

very nice,looks great.can you come and organize my shop:)

- whitebeast88

Well, if the Tennessee Valley Authority ever require my services again, I may have to pop in for a visit.
Just keep the food and drinks coming and I work for cheap!

Thanks for commenting.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 02:48 AM

Nice job, very useful indeed, I need to do something like this

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

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 09:56 PM

Update: I color coded the portable storage containers (added different colored tape to the handles) and built some boxes to hold stuff that was sitting in shoe boxes. Also found a home for my 10” Adjustable Hand Screw clamps.

Still not sure how I want to indicate what is in the boxes.

-- Brad, Texas,

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