Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY: Modular Shop Storage

I had a blender once that had 32 blend speeds.  That sounded great at the store.  More versatile I thought.  Then I realized I didn't need about 31 of those settings.  An on/off switch was really all I needed.

The last vehicle I bought the sales person said it had third row seating, back up camera and heated seats.  I looked at him funny and said, "We're in Florida, why do I need heated seats?"  

Sometimes simpler is better.

Often times we are either told we need or think we need fancy or extra features.  I have begun to subscribe to the less is more mantra in life.  When it comes to shop storage I like to look at all the cool shop storage solutions that are on the internet just as much as the next person.  However, in reality I realize that all I need are some shelves.   Some shallow, some deeper.  Maybe a door, possibly not, depending on how often I use the items stored on that shelf or shelves.


Cut List:

 1 or 2 Top &/or Bottom Pieces @ 9" x 9"
 2 -  Side Panels @ 8.5" x 31.5"
 2 - Shelves @ 7.5" x 8"
 1 - Back Panel @ 9" x 31.5"

Modular Storage Top:

Up is down.  Top is bottom.

 "OK, he has flipped out again!"  you say.  "Next he'll be talking about fires cooking food long before the candle is lit non sense."

No, really, the top of this modular shop storage can also be the bottom.  Stacking more than one unit means you only need one bottom. 


 Modular Storage Side:

What can I say about this?

Oh, yes!

It is made of wood.

Modular Storage Shelf:

Place as many shelves as you like.  I did two but hey, go gang busters, add 20 if you like cutting square pieces of wood that much.


Modular Storage Back Panel:

The back panel is the panel that gets the rabbets cut into them to accept the sides.

 I cut my rabbets 1/4" deep.

Their are a lot of ways you could assemble the back and side panels.  Pocket holes, dowels or simple butt joints would all be perfectly acceptable.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Final Thoughts:

This is a simple and timeless design with measurements that can be easily adjusted to fit any space.  It can be flipped 90 degrees and mounted length wise.  Build several of them and mount them one on top or side by side.  It can be lengthened, shortened, widened or made deeper to suit your specific needs.  I like it, because after all, I am all about simplicity.

Happy DIY'ing.

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