Garage Improvements Part 3 - The Final Part, or, Under The Table Work
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When we left off, I had finished some work up high. Now it's time to do some work down low.
With the limited space available in my garage (and no realistic prospect of gaining any), I have to make the most of the space I have. While the overall "I am out of room" is pretty much insurmountable, my overflowing toolbox is something I can address.
Naturally, this begins with removing one of my cabinets, and building a metal frame to support that end of the bench?
While useful, the two drawers and one shelf provided by this cabinet is not the best use of the space. With the overhead bins from the previous installments, I was able to reorganize the cabinet contents to completely empty this one.
With some more measuring and welding,
some modern arta frame was made.
With a quick sanding just to take off the mill scale, a coat of paint, and an anchor in the floor, things begin to take shape.
As I alluded to earlier, the goal of this work is to improve on my tool storage. While I have a decent sized toolbox (visible in above pictures) it is full, and thus I have more tools which don't have a proper home and tend to just be thrown into portable toolboxes, or piled in the top of the existing red cabinet. What we need here is a toolbox.
Being under the counter-height workbench, a normal roller box is too tall - unless you leave off the casters. Based on that and the available space, I spent a considerable amount of time box shopping. With the goal of maximizing the size of the box while still having it fit in the ~25x39 space available, I ended up looking at a box from, of all places, Walmart. While skeptical of its quality for obvious reasons, it was well reviewed and in my cross-shopping seems to have come from the same
sweatshopfactory as Husky branded ones. If nothing else, it's got 6 drawers (most this size have 5) and is the full 24" deep as opposed to the 18" of most.
With some wood bolted in place of the casters, it won't be going anywhere - but it doesn't need to. The garage isn't big enough to ever need to roll around my boxes! I'm happy so far with the quality of the box as well. It's thinner metal than I'd like to see, but very sturdy. The drawer slides are actual ball-bearing slides, with soft close. It's very heavy, even without the drawers. So far so good, time will tell how it holds up.
I still need to gather my homeless tools and do some major rearranging of what is stored where (it's empty in this picture, still) but the physically-hard part is done. Once the reorganization is complete, I'll get rolling with my next automotive project, which parts for are already trickling in.
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@mm54 Very nice and organized
jminer last edited by
@mm54 This looks great! My garage has never looked as good as this.
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