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02-05-2009 12:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip storage ceiling

The other day, Charlie posted some thoughts on sanding and how he found it therapeutic. Well, as luck would have it, I am in the sanding phase of some shelves, for a friend. I thought I would give his thoughts a try, so while sanding away I got to thinking about my storage of sanding products.

As you all know, my tiny basement shop suffers from the lack of storage. There is no free floor space. The walls are already lined with tools, cabinets, shelves and spare lumber. About the only place that has any space left is the ceiling. And then the epiphany- what about between the ceiling joist.

So here is a storage “shelf” that holds most of the sanding materials. It is made entirely from scrapes and leftovers. For the purist, sorry, there are no fancy joints, no stopped dado’s, no trimmed/laminated edges, no detailed inlays, no exotic lumber, no sanded surfaces and even the hinges were salvaged off of an old door. But, it does exactly what I want it to do. Keep the stuff in one place and not utilize any more precious space.

In the second picture, you can see that I store my band saw blades on the ceiling, too. Four wooden “L” shaped brackets, 90 degrees apart, capture the blades and are within easy reach.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 12:27 AM

Very Cool. My problem is my ceiling is 16 ft above the floor. I need a very tall ladder to get up there. So I built some shelves 8 ft off the floor. Still hard to get to but some stuff put away.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 02:35 AM

Cool ideas…

KArson—-you dont live in earthquake country, do you? Actaully everything looks safe—-but on the top right whatever that green item is caught my eye of concern…

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 03:04 AM

That’s a great idea Lew. In my basement I have all kinds of jigs and things hanging from the ceiling but this swinging cabinet of yours is genius! I love how neat and tidy it makes everything. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 03:51 AM

Nice idea, Lew.

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#5 posted 02-05-2009 03:04 PM

Great Idea Lew. I may try that same thing with dowels and and such. A great way to use that empty overhead space.

-- Jerry

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 12:05 AM

Great ideas! ...and thats one tall building!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 12:08 AM

I would not like to be working on a machine, a saw, say if this came down on my napper.Please please just make sure those locks are secure otherwise a great idea Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 12:24 AM


I thought of that when I made the latches. Was going to go with one on the end but thought 2 on the sides would offer redundant safety.

Thanks everyone for the kind words.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-24-2009 08:26 PM

we’ve used that strategy before but never thought about it for woodworking storage. Doh.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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