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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.
I really like the way this looks, Dick. This should help organize your shop and provide plenty of storage. I have been considering replacing my pegboard walls with slats. This looks like it would work in my shop.

Thanks for the post.
 

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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.
Dick, this is a nice addition to your shop. It will dramatically improve its appearance and goes nicely with the slat wall. There is a great deal to be said for improving the look and appearance of a shop. Not only does it improve the shop's overall appearance but it simply makes it a more pleasant area in which to work.

Nice job.
 

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Using steel rebar for a lumber rack, and Expanding my shop.

I've been way to crowded in my shop, especially since I went from a radial arm saw to a table saw.

A radial arm saw works fine in a narrow shop, because it's against the wall

Plus adding a thickness planer.

I haven't use the automobile side of my garage for years now.

About all its been used for is to accumulate things.

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This is a rough sketch of my floor plan. I plan to keep the partition down the center, so I won't have to heat the whole area all of the time.

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The first thing I have to do is dig my way to one of the walls.
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This is what I mean.

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When I finally found a wall, I sheeted it with OSB board.
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Then I cut some 1/2" Steel Rebar into 12" lengths in order to make some lumber racks.


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Then I pounded them into some 2" deep holes I had drilled.

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This is what I ended up with on the first wall.

A nice neat lumber rack, & a very inexpensive way of doing so.
Dick, that is a pretty neat idea. I use 1/2" black iron pipes for my supports but I am sure that rebar is just as stout and it is cheaper as well.
 

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Vaulted ceiling, and Skylight

My garage has only a 7' ceiling, so I pulled out the ceiling joists, & added 2 X 4s with 9" plywood gussets to the rafters to accommodate 9" R-30 insulation. I did this in my existing shop about 18 years ago. Doing this took out about 2" of sag in the old rafters.

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I had a small bubble type skylight leftover from the other shop that I hadn't used, so I installed it in

this ceiling. For such a small opening, 14 1/2" X 14 1/2" it sure give out a lot of light.


I searched for this type, but they don't make them anymore.
The company now only makes the Tubular type skylights.

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The Skylight installation process.













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Quitting Time!

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A Big Thank You to Barb for most of these fine pictures.
I don't guess you are content to sit in a rocking chair and wave at the people passing by. :)

Great idea on putting a skylight in there. I find natural light much easier to work under.
 
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