Garage organization

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Project by FraidKnot posted 02-18-2018 12:36 AM 1661 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cheap durable yet flexible garage organization.

Not an original idea for sure, but I combined a couple other ideas to make it more flexible. The materials are simply standard 2×4s and 1/2” metal electric conduit. I found if you want them finished it’s way easier before they’re mounted.

3/4” holes are drilled at 3” intervals in a 2×4 at a 15 degree angle. The angle is sufficient to keep tools against the wall and to keep the 1/2” conduit rods in place. While I used a tilted table on a drill press, you can accomplish the same consistency if you first take a scrap of 2×4 and drill a hole at the angle you desire. Clamp that “holy jig” to your 2×4 and use it as a guide. Drill through your jig into the long 2×4 to make holes at a repeatable angle.

Mounting the plank is easy. I secured these by locating the outermost studs and using 1/4” x 3” lag bolts. Construction screws of the same length are even easier if you have them. I placed a third lag bolt in a stud near the center.

Golf balls on the ends of the conduit rods are not required but add a measure of safety to the long poles if they are head-high. To safely drill a hole in a golf ball, begin with two scrap 2×4s and drill a 1 5/8“ hole 3/4” deep in each using a Forstner or spade bit. One will be the base. Drill an 11/16” hole through the middle of the second hole. Sandwich the golf ball between the two, and drill a 11/16” hole halfway thru the golf ball. The planks hold the golf ball from spinning with hand pressure, but you could clamp it. Hammer the golf ball onto the conduit rod; glue is unnecessary.

If you want to fully secure the rod into the support simply drive a screw in the small gap in the hole to the side of the rod. This may be desirable to keep the rod secure when removing heavy items like ladders.

-- Chiropractors are also good with Knots...

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 02:37 AM

Cool ideas you mentioned. Especially the golf ball, finally a good use for them…. LOL

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 02-18-2018 03:40 PM

That’s sweet…..Stellar job on the organizer…..Every garage needs one of them…I know I could use one…or two…..

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 04:15 PM

Good idea.

-- Petey

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