Garage Organization Cabinet

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Introduction: Garage Organization Cabinet

About: Life is too short for boring projects!

I bet your garage workshop is messier than you would like it to be! The feeling you get when most of the time is spent looking for the wrench you just had a minute ago rather than building something is no stranger to me either. This why building a simple garage cabinet is such a good idea!

If I am more of a sawdust and woodchips kind of guy then my father and brother are all about oily fingers and the smell of petrol. To each his own! Since the garage part of our workshop was in a constant mess I decided to build them a simple cabinet to organize the tools a bit better. This is the result.

A big wall mounted cabinet with more than 7 m2 of wall space for attaching all the tools. Built from film plywood and basic hardware.

I recommend watching the build video and if you like it maybe subscribe. This woodworking/carpentry stuff is becoming a daily thing for me now. You can also find me on Instagram! Thank you!


Step 1: What You Need

This is quite an easy project thus suitable for beginners.

For materials you will need:

  • Plywood - I recommend 18 or 21 mm thick because it has adequate wall thickness for attaching holders and whatnot while still staying somewhat light. My second recommendation would be to use film plywood. You do not really need to finish it since it already has a protective layer on top and to top it off it looks kind of badass. In total, I used 3 (1250X2500 mm) sheets of plywood.
  • Wood screws (4.5x50)
  • Bolts and nuts for attaching the hinges
  • Hinges if you plan on adding doors. I used 4 strong hinges per door.
  • Door knobs and stops

Tools that you will need are

  • Cordless drill with bits
  • Circular saw
  • Measuring and marking tools
  • Straight edge

The total cost of our project was around 150-200€. This was before the pandemic - material prices are currently through the roof.

I have also added a photo of how it looked before I built the cabinet.

Step 2: Assemble the Box

First off, I built the box. The way I did it was to first attach the top and bottom to the back and then add the sides. When buying the plywood I did have the company cut it to size. One sheet was ripped to four 30 cm wide pieces and the other was ripped in half. Third (the back) was left as is. The only thing I had to do was to make the crosscuts.

I did predrill before adding the screws but I did not add any glue. If you want to add some it would have to be construction adhesive or something like that. PVA glue does not work on film plywood. To still make it strong I did not hold back with the screws adding one every 15 cm (6 inches) or so.

A must is to check the diagonals to make sure the box is nice and square. Otherwise, you will have problems installing the doors.

Step 3: Add the Doors

Next up, the doors. The gap around such a large door should be around 5mm. The gap between the doors is approximately the same. As I said before the plywood supplier had already ripped the sheet in two but I still had to trim it slightly to make it work. To hold a door up while attaching the hinges I made spacer blocks. Having thin strips all around the door helps to align the doors evenly from every edge.

I did add the hinges with screws at first but later changed them out to furniture bolts. This really stiffened them up. Having four cordless drills really helped the workflow. :D

Step 4: Add the Shelves

As I had some plywood left over I also decided to add 3 shelves. This took away some of the wall surface area but I did not bother me too much as there was still plenty of it left. As the cabinet would be installed so high up I there was no way to reach tools easily anyway from that location. There it made sense to store tools that do not get so much use. Once again, spacer blocks made sure everything would be straight and parallel. The shelves were screwed from the sides and the back.

Step 5: Install

This is probably the trickiest part. If you build a cabinet as large as I did it you probably need many people to help you install it. I built my cabinet to fit exactly inside the cavity in the wall. Together with my father we barely managed to lift it up there.

We made sure everything was plum and then fixed it in place with screws.

Doorknobs and magnetic latches were installed as well.

Step 6: Making and Installing the Holders

This is the fun part. Well, you will also probably realise that you actually don't have as many tools as you thought.

Some tools require you to make a custom holder. I built a holder for screwdrivers and njuton wrench. These were made from scraps of plywood. The rest was just much easier to buy a ready-made holder - like for wrenches and sockets. Stuff like this cost maybe a couple of euros a piece but it saves you a ton of time. Different hooks, magnetic holders and universal holders come in real handy as well.

My father did eventually install a LED light strip on the inside as well. It gave the cabinet a really cool look!

Step 7: The End

I hope this article has given you some ideas or has motivated you to organize your workshop as well. I can assure you the workflow is much smoother when you actually find the tools you need.

My father did also build another cabinet that you can see on the left. We have material for a third one as well. ;)

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Take care

Andu

I recommend watching the build video and if you like it maybe subscribe. This woodworking/carpentry stuff is becoming a daily thing for me now. You can also find me on Instagram! Thank you!

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    15 Comments

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    tcs79
    tcs79

    2 months ago

    Awesome cabinet. Very neat. But, I could not see, what did you do with the wrenches? I mean how did you fix they in the cabinet? Also, the hammers, if you could explain to me what did you use for it? Currently I´m using a pegboard with some wires but is not so good...

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    tcs79
    tcs79

    Answer 2 months ago

    It helps a lot. Thanks!!!

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    seamster
    seamster

    2 months ago

    Here is this Instructable in PDF format if anyone wants it. The PDF download button is not working currently, but the site is aware and working to fix it. ;D

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    CraftAndu
    CraftAndu

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thanks, Sam!

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    Polyhistor
    Polyhistor

    2 months ago

    Your download links are not working!

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    CraftAndu
    CraftAndu

    Reply 2 months ago

    Hey, user seamster posted the pdf file here in the comment section. The websites seems to have problems with the download button ;)

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    srilyk
    srilyk

    2 months ago

    Love it! I went with a tool wall approach and learned that I actually have way *way* more tools than I thought 😂

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    CraftAndu
    CraftAndu

    Reply 2 months ago

    hahaha, you are an exception my friend!

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    throbscottle
    throbscottle

    2 months ago

    This is great! I'm going to be moving from a garden shed workshop to a garage workshop pretty soon - man, did I find a lot of tools to pack! So I might well be making your cabinet after the move. Thanks :)

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    CraftAndu
    CraftAndu

    Reply 2 months ago

    Awesome, share some pics once you are done!

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    robertcraigperry
    robertcraigperry

    2 months ago on Step 1

    Love the cabinet. Thanks for posting. We are building a work bench now and will add your cabinet.

    May I ask if the motorcycle you have pictures is a Soviet Ural? If so what year? I have an 1981 with sidecar, all original that I found in Uzbekistan and shipped home.

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    CraftAndu
    CraftAndu

    Best Answer 2 months ago

    Awesome!! Thank you!
    The motorcycle is IZ from 1956. It has a sidecar as well - not original though. My 16 yo brother has been restaurating it for quite some time now and got it working really well. The only thing left now is a paintjob.
    I would love to see your cabinet once you finish it!

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    throbscottle
    throbscottle

    Answer 2 months ago

    "restaurating". My new favourite word :D

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    CraftAndu
    CraftAndu

    Answer 2 months ago

    Haha, I figure there was something wrong with it :D