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Forum topic by Maverick44spec posted 10-19-2020 05:53 AM 321 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2020 05:53 AM


So, my workshop doesn’t really have a solid wall that I can just attach stuff too. Instead, it’s basically a steel frame with insulation shoved between the beams. I’m wanting to add some shelves and cabinets because as it is now, that wall is just a lot of wasted space. Any ideas on the best way to go about that?

On one wall, it’s about 8’ between beams and on the other, it’s 14’. Here’s how it looks. The lower crossbeam isn’t that study. It’ll support a little weight, but not much. The top is is much sturdier. Excuse the mess and the dust. I’m in the middle of basically renovating the shop and giving it a deep clean.

Thanks in advance fellas.

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#1 posted 10-19-2020 12:22 PM

I’d build a lower cabinet/shelf set that would have the wall side edge notched to be under/support the lower beam. Then a flat worktable top could be built onto the top of those cabinets/shelves. For upper casework, I would think along the lines of a hutch which could be built to be self supporting from the base cabinet and then attach the top to the top beam for stability/security. Could become a very cool workspace, maybe 3 vertical 12”x12”x space to top beam “columns” which could support peg board or a tool wall.

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#2 posted 10-19-2020 03:40 PM

BIL has a steel out bldg with similar challenge.
Our solution was building room walls inside a building?
We built a 2×4 frame wall in front to the building wall, attaching to floor wall cross brace(s). On couple walls the 2×4 wall from was under & over (or notched) the cross braces. Built window box header style opening to support row of upper cabinets recessed into wall to not waste open space behind wall. Put shelf deck on top (anchored to cross brace attached to building frame) for more overhead storage. Use regular base cabinets, countertop, with open area underneath for chair as a bench for his reloading equipment. Recessed cabinets created a massive amount of storage, using what normally is wasted space.

Best Luck.

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#3 posted 10-19-2020 04:47 PM

I had the same issue in my shop but it was just cinderblock walls. I built some normal wood framed walls and now I have lumber storage on the two walls that I was wasting with nothing on them.

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#4 posted 10-19-2020 05:28 PM

Do you have a welder? I’d just weld on some tabs and/or nuts and then screw on some of that french cleat wall panels.

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#5 posted 10-19-2020 06:18 PM

I’d frame in a stud wall with-in the the steel frame sheet it with plywood and hang my cabinet on it.

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#6 posted 10-19-2020 06:30 PM

I have done this a few times, and did it just like Capn K suggested. Build a 2×4 wall, just like a normal home construction 16” OC, and then attach that wall to the beams to support it upright. From the stud wall, you can sheath it with OSB, Plywood, or even drywall, and put bases, and wall units attached to the stud frame. The finished result is going to look like the inside of a garage with exception of floor if you currently don’t have a poured concrete, or wooden floor.

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#7 posted 10-20-2020 03:37 AM

I have a welder, but I’m not what you would call a good welder, lol. The floor is cement. A 2×4 wall sounds like it’s going to be my best bet. I’ll figure up how much I need and get to building then. Thanks fellas!

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