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One of the Greatest Garage Storage Ideas by Home Repair Tutor
There are a ton of garage storage ideas onthe internet. If you Google that term, you’re going to come up with like a million and onesolutions, right? But they all seem to cost two, three, four hundred bucks. And it takesyou two whole days to assemble. Well I found one over the family handyman’ssite that I really think you’re going to enjoy because it takes all your junk that’s on yourgarage floor, puts it in storage bins, and allows you to mount it on the garage ceiling.So I’m going to share how I built that system so that you can do it, too. And before youknow it, you’ll be able to park your car in the garage. So let’s get to it!The material list isn’t super huge. Essentially,
you’re going to build some carriage racksout of plywood, a sheet of plywoodâ€”this is a 2×4 foot sheet of birch plywoodâ€”andsome 2x4s. But first what you have to do is cut them to size.If you don’t like using a circular saw or any kind of saw in general, you could probablyhave this sheet of plywood cut at your local hardware storeâ€”Lowe’s, Home Depotâ€”thosedo it for you all day long. First things first, you got to get the dimensionsof the tote. So measure the width. In this case, it’s about 15 1116. Second thing thatyou need to do is measure the lip because this lip is going to rest on the carriagethat we’re building out of the plywood and
the 2x4s. So put your measuring tape underneaththat lip. Measure how deep it is. In this case, it’s really about Â½ inch deep. So eachlip is Â½ inch deep. That means we’re going to use that measurement to make that bottomportion of the carriage. So we’re going to explain how to make thebottom rim. The tote lips are Â½ inch wide. So you also know that a 2×4 is 1 Â½ incheswide. So if we add 1 Â½ inches for the 2×4 and 1 inch for the total lip depth from yourtote, that means that this bottom rail for the carriage needs to be a total of 2 Â½ inches.Now I always like to have a little bit more space. So what I’m actually going to do ismake that bottom rail for the carriage be
about 3 inches so that we have about Â¾ inchhere on the rail for the tote to slide on. So I’m going to measure in 3 inches, makea mark. Do the same thing on the other side. Then use a straight edge to draw a line.Now for the fun partâ€”using the circular saw. Ooh!Whew! Easy enough, right? Well, since I have all five fingers, now I have to cut a 5inchpiece of plywood for the top portion of the carriage.And then finally, you have to cut a 4foot section of 2×4.Next thing that you want to do is find the center of both the 3inch and the 5inch rails.Place a mark in the center every 10 inches.
Then to make life a little bit easier, makea mark 2 inches in from the edge of both ends of the 2×4 dead centerâ€”so at Â¾ inch. Thenapply a nice, generous amount of wood glue to the bottom edge of the 2×4.At this point, get your 2inch screw started and drill it through the face of the 3inchboard. Do the same thing on the opposite end. Then what you can do is take this edge ofthe screw and line it up with the mark that you made right here on the 2×4. Now you canscrew the one end in place. And do the same thing for the other end.And I always like to check to make sure that I did a halfway decent job. So take the measuringtape and measure the distance between the
2×4 and the edge of the 3inch rail. Closeenough. I get Â¾ inch. Yup, that’s good! Then measure the other side. Close to Â¾ inch.That’s exactly what we wanted. Do the exact same thing for the 5inch rail.Then go ahead and put in the rest of the screws on both the 3inch and the 5inch rail.The carriages are built, now what you need to do is find the joist in the ceiling. Supersimple. Use a stud finder. Mark the location of the joist on one end, the final locationof the joist on the other end of the ceiling. Then you can draw a line between the two marksand connect the dots. And that’s the location of your joists across the span of your ceiling.Do the same thing for the area where you’re