Garage Shelf

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Project by Joe posted 02-07-2014 02:07 PM 2080 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had this space between my garage doors that could be utilized better.

Shelf is 48” high by 9.5” deep. Built with 3/8” plywood & OSB scraps for the shelves. Painted white. It’s a good place to store washer fluid, oil, etc. I figure a lot of people out there might have this space & wanted to share my idea. Not too pretty, but it’s functional.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 02:44 PM

great use of dead space!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 02:56 PM

most excellent idea, great place for car cleaning items too

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 04:32 PM

I like it….......wish I had this space but I have a full garage door. I still like that you posted it for others.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 04:43 PM

Perfect! If it weren’t -13, i would be doing this over the weekend. Thank you for the idea I will be stealing!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 05:55 PM

simple and effective, I like it, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 09:32 PM

Not trying to steal any of your Thunder Joe! This is a Great Idea!

I also have a One Piece Garage Door as “ohwoodeye” mentioned. I wanted to get as much “Stuff” up off the floor as possible.

I was looking for some storage space also. It wasn’t until I had to do some work on the Closer Mechanism that this one Jumped Out at me when I had the door closed.

The shelves themselves are 1/2”x2’x4’ “Handy Panels” from HD. I cut the Width down to about 16” from 24”.

MISTAKE!! I should have left them at least at 20”.





-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 02-08-2014 12:49 AM

That is a fantastic idea for dead space. I have the same gap to fill in my garage!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 02-08-2014 03:45 AM

Every inch counts ,good idea .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 03:19 AM

I’m glad that you posted this. My garage seems to get so full and was thinking this spring it was due for an overhaul/organizing. I am going to implement your idea and hopefully create a more functional shop. Even if it was a simple idea I’m glad you posted it…I might not have thought about using that space. Thanks!

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 05:07 AM

Both the OP and Rick have some great ideas!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 05:13 PM

Great idea, very functional. It’s additional storage for car and workshop stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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