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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!
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Step 1: The problem

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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

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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.
In step 4, you should say that you were too smart to have the lumber store cut it. I once made the mistake of ordering cuts on a piece of plywood I bought for something. The kid in the yard managed to get each piece a good 1/8 inch off, with loads of tearout. I think a few pieces were out of square. I don't even know how you could do that with a panel saw.

I've had this problem as well. I was ticked because It was an expensive piece for a last minute Mother's day present.

aaahotdog2 years ago
very nicely done
streetrod52 years ago
Well done! Very professional looking. I have the same problem, and your solution is great.
Dronious (author)  streetrod52 years ago
Thank you very much. It turned out better than I had pictured in my head, fairly sure I would get the Grandfather stamp of approval if he was still around.