I’m continuing to work on the Clean Up Your Act Creative Space Reorganization Challenge. To do that I need storage for the basement shop. You can’t clean up a creative space without good storage solutions. In my case it is a nice storage shelf. Because I’m a hoarder of all things, I had the perfect lumber already right there in the basement.
I’m submitting this simple storage shelf for this month’s Power Tool Challenge project! Be sure to check out the other organization projects near the bottom of this post.
Reclaimed lumber to build storage shelf
These large 2x10’s were left over from a waterbed from years ago. I used part of the waterbed to make a country cupboard a few years ago.
Looking around for more lumber—these boards will make great shelving for the new storage shelf. Can you see them? They are to the left of the oops paint can on the bottom of the work bench.
Arrange wood shop
The first step was to scoot the workbench into it’s new permanent home.
The workbench also needed to be tidied up in order to be able to make this project.
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Cut boards to size
Because the compound miter saw I have in the basement is small, we had to flip the board after making the first cut.
How to assemble an easy build storage shelf for your wood shop
It’s funny, Rodney and I work well together, but we’re not always on the same page. He had a vision of a wall shelf (hanging) and I assumed we were making a floor to ceiling shelf. After we got that all figured out, this shelf went together very easily. You can see we have a side resting on the top and bottom shelf as I secure the pieces with 3.5” wood screws. I guess I did something to get him tickled since he appears to be laughing at me.
After doing the top and bottom, we continued with the rest of the shelves before we flipped the storage shelf unit over to attach the other side.
After flipping it, we simply added the other side putting three screws into each shelf.
Use wood screws for shelf
These are the screws we used.
It was a little challenging getting the shelf upright in the space with the low ceiling. After all these years of doing projects alone, it really makes it go smoother with an extra pair of hands!
Secure shelf to rafters
To secure the new storage shelf Rodney shot a screw through the top shelf into the rafter in two different places.
In addition to the screws through the top shelf, there is also one on the left that secures the shelf to the workbench. So, although it’s not much to look at, it’s very sturdy and will hold a lot of my larger tools and such.
Takeaway from what I’ve learned about organizing a creative space.
- Don’t get overwhelmed.
- Just get started.
- Gut if you can. If the space is too small, clean as you go doing smaller sections along the way.
- Good storage is a MUST. Utilize all the space from floor to ceiling.
- Reuse what you can to keep costs down.
- Enlist help when needed. Know your limitations.
- It’s going to take longer than the time I allotted for this creative space makeover.
I have had to make some purchases to continue with my basement shop reorganization. More on that next week. For now, we’ll take a look at how much storage this shelf offers me. Check out my Lulu Mae cuddled up on the floor.
Join our challenge
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.