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Small Shop Solutions Eau Claire WI

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.

Eau Claire Ace Hardware
(715) 836-7788
2618 Birch St
Eau Claire, WI
 
Parr's Hardware
(715) 835-9929
2618 West Moholt Drive
Eau Claire, WI
 
Thompsons True Value Hdw&vrty.
(715) 834-1239
319 E Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI
 
Chippewa Falls - D
(715) 726-1320
409 Prairie View Rd
Chippewa Fls, WI
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
Store Features
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Chippewa Falls
715-726-0411
2642 US Hwy 53 Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729
Chippewa Falls, WI
 
SAFE-FAST INC
(715) 839-7615
2218 SEYMOUR ROAD EAU CLAIRE, WI, 54703
Eau Claire, WI
 
Kmart 4051 / Cross Merch
(715) 834-2938
2424 E Clairmont Ave
Eau Claire, WI
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

Oakwood Mall
(715) 830-2900
4720 Golf Rd
Eau Claire, WI
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

Farm & Fleet of Chippewa Falls
715-723-1806
2583 State Hwy 53 Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729
Chippewa Falls, WI
 
Chippewa Hardware & Sporting Goods
(715) 726-2510
111 W Columbia St
Chippewa Falls, WI
 

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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