Undoubtedly, you have a car, and you have a garage for it. And most likely you have a lot of seldom used tools, tourist equipment, beach sets unused throughout almost the whole year and all other kinds of stuff lying everywhere in your house and garage. Apparently, you noticed an empty place on the wall in front of your parked car and decided to place hanging garage cabinets there. This article is a guide to how to build garage cabinets easily.
Step 1 Checking and Measuring All Around
If you have a garage with concrete walls, you can secure your cabinets anywhere you want. If you have wooden or plastic walls with studs beneath them, find their locations and mark them with chalk or marker.
Most likely, you have 32 in. between your studs, so 4 sections should be enough. Your cabinets most likely are going to be 4 or 5 ft. high above the floor, 48 in. high and 24 in. thick. The length of your cabinets depends solely on the amount of stuff you are going to put into them.
Step 2 Designing Your Cabinets
Plan a scheme of your future cabinets on your garage walls and floor, park your car and try to walk before it without crossing the scheme lines. If that is possible, then your planning is right. You should not bow or evade while walking between your parked car and garage cabinets.
Step 3 Choosing a Material
In order to decide how to build garage cabinets you should choose the materials. Any plywood or hardwood would do the job. Sheets for sides and shelves should be 2/4 to 3/4 in. thick, while sheets for sliding doors should be 1/4 in. thick. Bars for carcass should not be too wide, 2×2 in. oak or ply bars are sufficient. You will also need:
- anchors, screws and nails,
- a hammer and the pliers,
- jigsaw or circular saw,
- a screwdriver and a drill or a perforator.
Step 4 Starting the Construction
Now starts the instruction on how to build garage cabinets. It is easy and detailed.
Saw the side and the dividing sheets to the size. Fix the first sheet to the sidewall with anchors or screws. Secure one 2×2 in. bar to the last stud beneath the cabinets and leave 1 in. of empty space between it and the ceiling and below it. Clamp the ending sheet to the bar.
Step 5 Making the Ladders
Saw your bars into pieces to form a carcass for upper and lower ladders. Make each other separately, as they will not be identical. Nail the ladders or tighten them with screws. Clamp temporary cleats in the upper and lower parts of both starting and ending sheets. Install upper ladder and clamp it to the wall. Draw a horizontal line between the lower ends of the sheets and secure the lower ladder to the wall following that line.
Step 6 Installing the Dividing Sheets and Shelves
Clamp the bars for the dividing sheets to the studs beneath the wall. Fix the sheets to those bars. You will need to notch square spacing in the corners of the sheets. Clamp supporting bars for the shelves and the bottom sheets and install them.
This is nearly half of the way of how to build garage cabinets.
Step 7 Installing Tracks and Sliding Doors
Fix the upper and the lower tracks. The upper has deeper rows in it. Door sheets should be a bit smaller than the distance between the tracks. Install the doors by inserting them to the upper track and gently inputting the lower end of the door sheet into the lower track. You may now clamp the handles where they suit you most.
Step 8 Finishing With Trims and Painting
You may want to cover all fronts with trims and paint side sheets, dividers and shelves. This will help to save your garage cabinets from scorching and being cracked. This will make them to have a better look, too.
This is a complete instruction on how to build garage cabinets. As you can see, it is easy and will take you only about 4 hours to fulfill. Do it and create excellent storage for different tools in your garage yourself!
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