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Slatwall storage system, homemade, switching from Pegboard.

I started on this shop building project shortly after I retired.

I'd like to show you what I've accomplished so far.

My garage measures 20 X 24 feet, & I wanted to partition out a shop area.
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In order to have a shop 8 feet wide, I had to resize my garage door from 12' to 9 '

Notice the car hiding under a warm blanket of snow.


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This is the floor plan. I don't get much garage space, but my car sits outside all of time anyhow.
Its used mainly for storage.



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I only had a 7' ceiling so I made a vaulted ceiling over the shop area.

I converted the 2×4 rafters to 2×10s by screwing 9 1/2" plywood gussets to 2×4s.

Taking advantage of the vaulted ceiling I added 3 small bubble skylights. I really love those skylights.
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Even with their small size, 16" x 16" they give a lot of natural light.

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Exterior, showing the skylights.


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I got this old natural gas furnace for $25, I have to shut it down when the outdoor temp gets over 50, because the pilot light makes it too warm. You may notice the 2" PVC pipe trap connected to the furnace. I blocked the indoor vents so it draws in combustion air from the outside
I hung it up high for added floor space.

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My shop has been in such an awful mess I decided to do some revamping for better tool storage.

I've had pegboard, but have never liked it very much, so I've been looking at whats called Slat wall paneling.

It's pretty expensive though, for a 4X8 sheet close to $200.
This is an example of the store bought panel.

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I came up with a poor mans way of doing it.
I made a slat wall out of this pine paneling, I had it in my wood supply.
I had paid $4 a pkg. that covers 14 sq. ft. I think you can get it for about $6 now.

I cut the tongue, & grooves of, & rounded the edge.

I ripped some to 1 1/8" wide furring strips, & this is how it turned out.
I painted the background green for a contrast.


Now I have a couple more walls to do, then I'll start hanging tools.
Hi Dick;

Lets see who gets done first. You with the shop, me with the entertainment center! LOL

Nice job.

Lee
 

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Slatwall storage system, Homemade, paneled walls are done now.

This is a continuation of #5 in this series.
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I have the slat wall paneling completed.

Now how am I going to arrange my tools? I bought the material at Lowes.

It's 5/16" X 3 1/2" X 8'

14 Sq ft. in a package. Other big box stores handle similar products.


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This is the last wall, I ripped my boards in half to 1 5/8". I like it better this way. There's more slots for arranging tools. The space between the slats is 5/16". The furring is 1/4" x 1 1/8"

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Some of the tools hung, but I suppose I'll be rearranging them as I go along.


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I also made a hanging bracket for my pipe clamps.

They used to be all over the place. My other clamps are on the same wall too.


Notice the pile of cut pieces of Brazilian Cherry flooring. I can hardly wait to get stared on my next project. They're all cut to the proper length already.

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I bought these glass reinforced nylon hooks from, outwaterplastics.com.

They were about 1/3 the cost of steel, but they're plenty strong enough.


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I made some brackets for heavier things by epoxying the nylon to some flooring.





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Good for hanging my handscrew clamps


Now if I can get rid of all of the clutter I've accumulated over the years, I'll be all fixed up.
Hi Dick;

My only question is, why now?

Haven't things been working out before?

Now, you'll never find anything!

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Installing Oak Parquet flooring.

One of the main reasons I put the new slatwall system in my shop,

was because my Son brought me some Parquet flooring he had salvaged from his job.

He couldn't see throwing it in a dumpster,

so he brought it to his "Dumpster Dad".

I couldn't put down a fancy floor without doing something to the rest of the shop.

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I laid some out to see what it would look like.


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I put down some 7/16" Oxbord for underlayment, because the old floor was kind of springy.


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I had to shift my equipment to one end, & do a portion of it at time.

I ended up laying it across the short way. I think it makes the narrow shop look wider.



I,m glad I have casters on most of them. It made it much easier.


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I had to stop here yesterday with about 3 more feet to the end,
because I have to trim off the bottom of the door.


I think it'll be much more enjoyable playing out here now.
Hi Dick,

It looks good.
 

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I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MY 80th BIRTHDAY TODAY!

This is my Birthday Gift. I'm presently in the process of building a bench for it.

I'll be posting it when it's completed

I had to get this new lathe, because I have some larger wood from a Black Walnut I had to have taken down in our

yard.

I'd like to make some larger things with the wood. I couldn't let it go to the chipper!


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Addendum:

I dwelled on wether to buy a new lathe at age 80, but I remembered my 90 year old neighbor. He painted his stucco house all by himself at that age, so I said to myself, "GO FOR IT"!


Lego Machine Automotive exterior Automotive wheel system Rectangle


Lathe with the extension attached!
Surveillance camera Automotive exterior Composite material Rectangle Security
Hi Dick,

I'm thinking this is due to Barb taking good care of you for all those years. (my wife keeps trying to kill me with health food)

Have a very happy birthday my friend!

Enjoy your new lathe.

Lee
 

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