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Small Shop Solutions Dubuque IA

Inspired by the pantry cabinet in the kitchen of our new house, I built this compact version for my workshop. It has the same deep double-hinged doors that make everything inside easy to reach. I used 3/4-in.-thick stock so I could use screws to hang tools inside. The thick back made it easy to fasten the cabinet to the wall.

Steve's Ace Hardware
(563) 588-9755
200 S Locust St
Dubuque, IA
 
Steve's Ace Home Garden
(563) 690-1500
3350 John F Kennedy Rd, NW Arterial & 32nd st
Dubuque, IA
 
Kmart 4018 / Cross Merch
(563) 588-2361
2600 Dodge St
Dubuque, IA
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
Store Features
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

Key West True Value Hardware
(563) 582-2100
2100 Stone Hill Dr
Dubuque, IA
 
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Dubuque
563-557-9920
250 S. Main Street Dubuque, IA, 52003
Dubuque, IA
 
Gierke-Robinson Co- Dubuque
319 556 1185
Highway 20 West Dubuque, IA, 52003
Dubuque, IA
 
LOWE'S OF DUBUQUE, IA.
563 588-8008
4100 DODGE ST. DUBUQUE, IA, 52003
Dubuque, IA
 
Fastenal-Dubuque
563-556-7725
3185 Hughes Court Suite E Dubuque, IA, 52003
Dubuque, IA
 
Lowe's
(563) 588-8008
4100 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA
Hours
M-SA 6:30 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 7 pm

Kennedy Mall
(563) 589-1500
555 John F Kennedy Rd
Dubuque, IA
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:11-18

Small Shop Solutions

Small Shop Solutions



Sliding Wall-O-Tools
I built this 8-ft.-long shelf system to take advantage of the narrow space in the corner of my garage. When the unit is “closed,” I've got ready access to the tools hanging on both doors. By sliding one or both doors, I can get to every inch of shelf space behind them. I got everything I needed to build this unit at the home center for about $175. The key was to mount the pegboard doors at least 5 in. apart, so I could load the back door with tools and still have it pass behind the front door. I bought two sliding-door hardware kits so each door could slide on its own track. Each kit contains a single length of track designed to hold both doors, two pairs of door hangers and a tracking guide designed to keep both doors in line at the floor.

PHOTO 1:
The doors hang from widely spaced tracks mounted on a 2x10 header. Lengths of slotted angle hold the header securely in place.

PHOTO 2:
The doors glide smoothly on roller-equipped hangers. Each track has two grooves, so you can easily change the spacing between the doors and shelves, if necessary.



PHOTO 3:
Each door has its own tracking guide. My system uses two sliding-door hardware kits. Each kit contains one guide designed for two doors. I customized them with a hacksaw.


How to Built It
I installed the shelves first, leaving enough room underneath to store my lawn mower and other garage essentials (photo at left). All three shelves came from a single sheet of plywood. The upper shelves are 11 in. wide and the bottom one is 20 in. I used 11-in. double-mount brackets for the upper shelves and 14-in. double-mount brackets with support arms for the wide bottom shelf. I mounted the sliding-door tracks on a 2x10 header that I anchored directly above the wide shelf with lengths of slotted angle extending from both the ceiling and wall (upper right photo). To make the sliding doors, I cut a single sheet of pegboard in half and framed both pieces with 1x2 stock (each door has four vertical stiles for rigidity). I suspended each door from four hangers (center right photo) and fastened the tracking guides, one per door, on the wide plywood shelf (lower right photo). After installing the doors, I blocked the open end of the tracks with a stop.



Pantry Door Tool Cabinet
Inspired by the pantry cabinet in the kitchen of our new house, I built this compact version for my workshop. It has the same deep double-hinged doors that make everything inside easy to reach. I used 3/4-in.-thick stock so I could use screws to hang tools inside. The thick back made it easy to fasten the cabinet to the wall. I used less than a sheet of 3/4-in.-thick plywood and two 4-ft.-long continuous hinges to build my cabinet. I got everything I needed at the local home center. Including the latch and magnetic catches, my total cost was $75.


How to Build It

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