This summer I am going to be disassembling the engine in my pick up truck and have been trying to get my garage organized so the project goes a little smoother. After looking at the shelves where I store my chemicals, cleaners, paints, and lubricants I was exceedingly dissatisfied with it. I looked around at various retailers for an affordable storage solution and was not locating anything worth purchasing so I decided to build my own. Hopefully you enjoy them!
Step 1: The problem
As a do-it-yourself type of person I have accumulated a rather large variety of spray paint, lubricants, cleaners, and other products for use around the garage and house. The problem is that most standard shelves are 12-16" deep and most cans are only 3". While you can store lots of cans on a single shelf it can be rather difficult to locate a specific can quickly.
Step 2: Planning
I am much more of a plan as I build kind of person ( I know not the best). I saw various solutions for what I basically wanted. The Go Rhino rack is close to what I wanted, but I needed WAY more storage space. The woodworkers paint rack would be good if I was only storing paint. I liked the design of the cans leaning, but you can not really read the labels only the caps. I knew I needed a top, bottom, two sides, and shelves in between to hold the cans. I went to the local hardware store to design.
After a quick brainstorm I decided to use small angled shelves to tilt the cans. I decided to use 1"x4" boards for the outer frame, 1"x2" for the angled shelves.They had 1/8" thick, 3/4" wide, 36" long pieces of steel on a super sale, and I decided to use those to hold the tilted cans on the shelf. I decided to use pegboard backing instead of plywood in case I wanted to hang anything.