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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 01-16-2014 12:31 AM 2293 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Today I’m claiming a huge victory over the utter chaos of my garage. It’s been a four month battle that has taken all of my spare time. I built lofts, Rolling storage shelves (10), bike racks, tool chest toppers and now 4 other items.

Picture 1 through 4 are shots of the garden tool cart. I used mostly scrap and reclaimed lumber. The only new thing here is 2 2X4’s and, Casters and some screws.
I added slots to both sides, top and bottom so the tools wouldn’t have a tendency to bunch up. My old rack did ok but when the tools gathered to one side or the other the whole thing toppled over. My old one didn’t have wheels or a bottom. That meant that where I loaded it up with tools was the place it would stay.

I put my hedge trimmer in the rack but It doesn’t reach the bottom and I didn’t want it swinging around so I added 1 extra slot about half way up the base. If I still had my cruddy old chainsaw. I’d give it an extra high slot
as well.

Picture 4 is a self that uses the space under the attic stairs. When the stairs are pulled down, the shelf is out of the way. This piece was made from 100% scraps and reclaimed lumber. It is secured to the wall through the studs.

Picture 5 is a lumber rack I made this past Saturday. I have seen many fine racks built on Lumber jocks but I couldn’t figure out how to secure the rack to the studs with some of the designs. Instead, I just screwed the shelf boards through the back of the wall boards then added inexpensive metal shelf supports. The wall boards are secured to the studs.

Picture 6 is a Frankenstein off cut cart. It has 1 foot deep section and a two foot deep section. I used a bit of cedar fence, and old under the bed drawer and some veneered mdf from the inside structure of a drawer someone had tossed. Once again, I used mostly scraps and recovered materials except for the casters and 3 2X4’s.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 12:41 AM

very nice mark

that’ll show that clutter

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 12:46 AM

You have been BUSY!

You’ve made quite a few cool little storage goodies…

Looks like you’ve GOT IT! LOL

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 12:47 AM

To give a remote idea of how bad my garage was, you can take a peek at some of the images in my old stuff post, or my workshop. I think part of the reason I left it that way was because I knew it would be a nightmare to attempt to organize. It was 4 times worse than I could ever imagine!

Even though I’m not done, I don’t have to dedicate all my energy into the garage anymore. A garden shed will take care of a lot of the leftovers, Upholstering some furniture I stashed in the corner will held and organizing the contents of most of the bins will be a big plus. I need to either repair or toss my grill but either way, It’s leaving the shed.

Here are some picture of where I’m at.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 12:52 AM


What a Difference!!


You know what the Hardest thing will be now?

You have to Remember where you put everything! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 01:09 AM

Gracias Patron!

Joe – You’re making me smile and you hit a hole in one. I DON’T know what’s in all the bins!! A major part of the work I still have is the tedious task of organizing. I have upholstery supplies scattered everywhere, Family photos are mixed in with office supplies and medical journals, Hardware – Oh Lordy. Yep – we’ll call that movie “Return of the Garage monster.”

I can’t quit now. However, I plan to do Fun projects. My goal is to leave the garage in better shape when I finish than it was at the start. I can stop going through woodworking withdraw sufferage.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 01:14 AM

Wow Mark….you have been a busy lil fiddler lately…nice work buddy. I see you are rapidly gaining on taming that beast. Great work sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 01:15 AM

Wow – You can see some floor!

I have attic steps that come down at an angle. I never thought of building a slanted shelf to recover wasted space. Good on you!

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 01:51 AM

Well, this certainly answers the questions of where have you been and what have you been doing. You’ve done a truly outstanding job of organization—now you just have to keep on top of it as you get back to some shop projects you’ve had on the back burner. Congratulations and I look forward to seeing more of you.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 02:31 AM


The beast is on the run! Now if would just come over and build me a garden shed…. We can chase the beast off for good.

Hey Carver,
Thanks for the compliment. I throw my ideas out the but I’m usually in shock when someone thinks its a good one.

Hey John,

Oh man. It’s been a battle. The worst part was when I took down the old shelves to make room for the new. Things would be looking up – then it looked like a hurricane hit because those monster shelves were holding a mountain. Behind the mountains were boxes of paperwork. I must have shredded 50 garbage bags full.

It’s good to be back!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 03:39 AM

Now your garage looks much bigger.
Organizing carts and shelves are paying off. A huge difference bud.

Well done

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 04:13 AM

Wow, it looks awesome! Great progress!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 06:43 AM

Congrats on all the improvements Mark… Way to go! Certain you will enjoy the additional space, came up with some excellent storage solution projects here… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#13 posted 01-16-2014 11:16 AM

Excellent !!!! Looks great Mark. Glad to see your skills are being productive. I think the coolest thing about your work is how you repurpose so many things to serve the purpose you need. And of course to “Be Green” you need to keep many different things to use in the future. And that makes a pile of clutter (Beast) sometimes. But you have beat the Beast into submission!
Again, great job!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#14 posted 01-16-2014 12:37 PM

Excelent! Like a lot. Maybe copy some ideas. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#15 posted 01-16-2014 01:50 PM

Boy Howdy Mark, New Year, New work discipline!

Your shelving and rolling storage could be a feature in the; ~ LOWE’S SPRING DIY – “Help me get organized for Summer!” promotions.

The Shop looks like your about ready to challenge a new season of Woodworking.
I hope there were not too many Child Labor Laws broken to achieve this level of efficiency. ;-) the way, will we be seeing more of your apprentice this season?

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun [getting organized].

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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