Much needed space found up high

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Project by Thewoodman2000 posted 02-19-2014 05:15 AM 2041 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not the first of this kind of project on here. But this is how I did the storage space above the garage door.

Wood = 2×4’s & plywood + a little pb. Hardware = 5”x5” corner brackets + 1 (12”) allthread w/a couple nuts used to help out a bowed 2×4. The corner brackets are used to attach the 2×4’s to each other along with some long screws into the end grain. The long screws probably don’t add to much strength going into the end grain but I don’t think they hurt. Then the frame is attached to the studs in the ceiling with the corner brackets too. 1/2” for ply screwed to the 2×4’s and they are ready for use.

The large shelves are about 16”x48”x90” and the 2 right above the door are 15”x15”x96”. I have all the camping “bug out” stuff up there. Plus I can get about 18 bins and some other odds & ends.

As you can see I even have some wood up there. Wishing I had my neighbors 3rd car garage, needed some room real bad and that’s how I got some much needed floor space back.

Me first world problem = not enough room in the 2 car garage for all the “stuff” we don’t really need other than once or twice a year.

Me living the American dream = my own home with a garage and not being able to park a car in it.

Thinking about adding some rope w/ i-bolts to help in case of an earthquake. Any suggestions on securing the bins… would be great.

Some day hope to have a real shop to work out of but I DO feel blessed to have what I have now.
Thank you

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 05:19 AM

We do what we have to do to make the room for the tools! Good on ya. I did something similar.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 10:15 AM

Well done…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 01:13 PM

looks good. simple and effective, great work, that should give you a lot more space

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 01:26 PM

Good idea

-- Bert

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 01:45 PM

Thatt’l work…...;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 02:13 PM

Using a dowel through tjhe side of a 2×4 and then screwing throuh it into end grain is often used to increase strength. I need to do the same thing and just looked at a neighbor’s method of doiing the same thing. Better than putting anything else into my attic which gets super hot during the summer.

-- jstegall

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 04:53 PM

John – that is a great idea to add the dowel! I think I might just retrofit the shelves as we pull down bins during the decorating seasons. Great tip.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#8 posted 02-20-2014 06:31 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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