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Shop Storage DIY

as you either heard or noticed by now I
moved my shop a couple months ago I used to be in my two-car garage and now I’m
in a portion of my friend’s warehouse space actually here’s a scale drawing. it’s
a good sized space but the bulk of its used for inventory shipping office space
bathrooms and other stuff and in fact if you compare it to the garage you can see
that the difference isn’t as huge as it might initially sound well let me take
that back the difference isn’t as big yet and
that’s because there’s a lot of organizing and consolidation that we
still need to do we should be able to open up this space quite a bit and
that’s gonna make a big impact anyhow I guess all of that is to say that today’s
video is gonna focus on a project that should really help me in organising
things now I’ve already got a lot of small storage between this workbench and
this well also workbench so really what I need is a place to store some of the
larger items and some of the things that I rarely reach for big glue bottles
bandsaw blades dust bags all that kind of stuff let’s
get to work okay so I know that I just said that I
moved my shop out of the garage but here I’m back in the garage basically any
time that I’m working on a project that involves a bunch of full sheets of
plywood I like to start off in my garage where I break them down that way I can
more easily carry them into the workshop which is in the back of the warehouse so
my initial idea was to set up my table saw and a couple of sawhorses to tackle
this and about one fifth of the way through the first cut I thought you know
what this is dangerous so let’s just wait until the morning and use the
circular saw with my pieces cut down to a more
manageable size and in the shop I started refining my pieces by cutting
them down to what will be their finished dimensions and to do this I used my
table saw with a feather board and for a few of the pieces that were just too
long my track saw and I know just seeing me cut a bunch of panels doesn’t really
help to explain a whole lot about what’s going on so let’s take a look at my cut
sheet if you want the specific dimensions you can pause this screen and
write him down otherwise in total you’re gonna need
five sheets of 3/4 inch plywood one sheet of half-inch and two sheets of
quarter-inch from to the sheets we’ll get the tops and bottoms and all four of
the side pieces for the two vertical cabinets from another sheet we’ll get
the two doors yet another sheet will give us the four pieces needed for the
low Center cabinet and we can get a center partition from one of the other
sheets and then finally we’ll use the last sheet for the back panel that will
eventually mount our wall control panels to and you should have plenty of
material left over to build this three inch platform that the whole thing can
sit on and the quarter inch material is going to be used for sliding doors and
the back panels for all the cabinets and then the half inch sheet will be used
for adjustable shelves and all the cabinets all right so with all of our
pieces cut out I had a few things I needed to do before we could start
assembling anything first was cutting in a rabbet to accept the back panels in
all the cabinet exterior pieces after that I cut two grooves into the
top bottom and two side pieces for the low Center cabinet and those are going
to accept the sliding doors and this is actually something that it
asked about fairly often and I think this shot shows how it works really well
so basically you want to cut the groove in the top a lot deeper than the groove
in the bottom normally it’s kind of hard to show this on camera but because the
sides are gonna get covered by the tall cabinets I went ahead and cut them the
full length of the board so you can see them here on the outside and in this
shot you can see how having that deeper groove in the top let’s the door lift up
high enough to clear the bottom panels and get into the groove next I wanted to
clear out some material from the back edge of the inside of both of the tall
vertical cabinets to create a ledge where the big back wall will sit I know
that sounds kind of confusing so let’s look at a drawing so you see what I’m
talking about so basically I wanted this back panel to be flush with the back of
the rest of the unit so I could have cut it to the exact size of the span and
then used pocket holes to screw it into the cabinet’s but I wanted a physical
resting place for it to sit that it will carry the load so I’m going to create
this little ledge in the back and then make the panel an inch and a half longer
than the span and then screw it in to the back of the vertical pieces and I
think that’s going to be a stronger long-term solution after I’d pre-drilled all of my pocket
holes the last thing that I needed to do before assembling was to make a bunch of
Shelf pin holes for my adjustable shelving so assembling this thing went
really quick and I think that pocket holes are kind of a no-brainer for
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of the quarter-inch material and installed those with a couple of screws
and this is all pretty straightforward you can see in this shot I’m using a
clamp to suck my sides in while I install the panel and something that I
should have done and will next time is when you have a cabinet this large make
at least one of your shelves fixed I ended up doing this later but having
that helps to keep the long panels from bowing in or out and makes things like
installing doors a lot easier speaking of which next we’re gonna do the doors
so back when I cut these out I made sure to leave them about an inch longer than
they needed to be in each direction here I guess I’m just double-checking that
and I’m also lifting the cabinet up slightly off the ground with a piece of
scrap quarter-inch plywood over at the drill press I made three mortises for my
hinges and I got the super sweet slow-motion shot and when I was watching
it back I noticed this piece let’s watch that again so this guy doesn’t know
where he wants to go he obviously came from here shout out this way bounced off
the post came back made it past the vacuum ever so slightly before flipping
a B and getting sucked up heck of a journey for a woodchip once the hinges were attached to the
door I marked the locations that I installed them clamp the door to the
cabinet then transferred my marks so that I could install the part of the
hinge that goes on a cabinet then I use my router and a flush trim bit to make
the door flush with the outsides of the cabinet and I probably should have done
this a little bit earlier but next I use my Forstner bit to make a little door
pool oh well good excuse for more slow-motion so I’ve had at least two people tell me
that these look like coffins so I figured that I’d test them out next I could build the platform that the
whole thing is going to sit on top of and as you can see in the drawing this
actually needs to be longer than eight feet the length of the plywood so I
decided to build it in two halves so basically I just ripped out a bunch of
3-inch wide pieces cut them to length and then attached it all with pocket
screws the half that I’m working on here is
identical to what the other half is gonna be and actually in the next shot
you’ll be able to see me putting the two halves together all right things are
really starting to come together now literally next I set my three cabinets
on the platform and attached them to one another that way I’d know the exact size
that I should make the back panel so that I could cut that to size and then
attach it now because adding a fixed shelf to the
tall vertical cabinets was a late-game audible I ended up putting it too high
where it interfered with the back panel so I used my multi-tool to cut out a
little notch and this thing’s come in super handy for me on at least a few
occasions now so once my back panel was on I could
attach my wall control panels and I posted about this on Instagram but I’m
really digging these flat gray panels I also have some of the reflective ones
where you see my woodpecker tools hanging on the plywood storage box and
they’re great but I don’t know there’s just something about the flat gray
panels that makes me wish that I had gone with that color for the first set
too next I cut and inserted a bunch of
adjustable shelves and it turned out that I wanted more so I used my leftover
scrap and even more quarter-inch scrap to make a few more shelves so I think
this thing’s gonna come in really handy like I said it’s got a ton of storage
for large to medium sized things which is really where the shops been lacking
it’s also got a nice wall to hang and display things and it has this nice flat
surface which is really important because as anybody with any experience
can tell you when you’re mid project flat surfaces get eaten up you’re always
looking for somewhere to set apart or to set that tool that you know you’re gonna
need again in 15 minutes and the first place people tend to set things is on
their workbench or even the table saw where they just get in the way
constantly so this hopefully will stop me from that behavior all right good
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Rick see in the next one

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