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Old 03-18-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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I have been contacted about my garage and how did I do it for so cheap. I am a MacGyver and a cheapskate. I have learned to see things that aren't there and make them work. For example- my biggest concern in my shop was dusty dirty tools all the time. How do you keep your tools clean in a shop where you cut wood, weld, grind, and just make a mess with every project? Put the tools in a box or cabinet. What is a cabinet- a box that you can open/close easily. I go to garage sales and pick up bi fold doors and hardware for a song. 6 sets of doors in my shop cost 5.00 a set- that included the hardware. Now, I needed a box to fit the doors. 7 sheets of12.00 Particle board cut to fit using a skill saw, some grey paint and some drywall screws, and I had-- a garden tool cabinet, a tool garage, an auto supplies cabinet, a tall tool locker (for my roller stand, box clamps, and all my levels and squares)and the urge to do more. I went to a local recycler and bought drawer hardware for 2.00 a set. I purchased 6 more sheets of wood- this time MDF - and 2 more particle board ( for the work top). I laid out what i wanted to do and started cutting cabinet sides then tops and bottoms. I set 2 2x4 treated 16 foot pieces on the floor ( to protect against possible water damage) leveled them and started to assemble the cabinets. Since I made all the cabinets divisible by 2 foot, the drawers were easy. I just made a bunch. Since I am in the heating field I have access to sheet metal. I bought 3 sheets of 26 gauge sheet metal and had it bent/broken to my dimensions and wa la! I had an indestructable work top. I also have 3 roll-around caddies that roll under the work bench and have Metal tops so I can weld or fiberglass without worrying. The rollers- bought at garge sales 25 cents each- cost at lumber yard 6.00 each. There was no need to go out and buy expensive drawer hard ware at 6.00 a pop when I could buy the same hardware used for 1/4 of the price. It was harder to decide on what i wanted to do than to actually build the cabinets and stuff.I am far from done with it
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Here are some handy ideas that may help you with your garage.

http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/17577/
http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18207/

http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18265
If you would like more ideas or to see more of my MacGyverisms, just ask.
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Oh teah, I forgot to say that I have a small refrigerator for libations, and a microwave to keep my coffee hot and the popcorn at the ready.
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Thats a pretty cool setup there. I think most of us here would kill for a garage like that. That being said, most of the time I have most of my tools in the truck of my car just incase I need something where ever I may be. Its helped my out more than once...

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Pics aren't working for me. Try going to www.photobucket.com and setting up a free account instead of geocities. Do you have a small bandwidth limit there?
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Pics aren't working for me. Try going to www.photobucket.com and setting up a free account instead of geocities. Do you have a small bandwidth limit there?
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Try right clicking them and choose View. then refresh the page
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They don't work for me either but I assume that its just the works firewall'* fault.
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Alright. Now I need to get a circular saw and some wood. I think that third one might be a future project of mine...
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You make furniture too!
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That is a Awesome looking house to go with that Awesome Garage

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