‘Building rather than Buying’ Garage Storage Cabinets

‘Building rather than Buying’ Garage Storage Cabinets

Shot some video while working on this project, and while incomplete on many technical aspects, it gives a pretty good general overview of how one can do this yourself, rather than simply go for those flimsy and cheaply made storage cabinets you can buy at the ‘big box’ stores and assemble yourself.

In time, those type of cabinets will cause headaches(I know, I’ve owned some) when the elements of time and use takes their toll on them, and when putting several together in one limited area they may tend to even cause some wasted space as their sizes are limited, plus they’ll look more like you’re storing storage cabinets rather than actually using them for any particular purpose.
Once those laminated doors start to warp, the hinges come loose or bend and/or lose their tiny screws, and the composited bottoms start to separate, it is a real pain to rectify properly since the materials used are the cheapest they can be and it becomes an eyesore that you will simply ignore till it gets worse and you’ll end up having to replace them down the road. By then a newer one likely won’t match what you have, and then you’re back to the cluttered look.

The cabinets I built in this project are heavy, sturdy, waste no space and will likely last the lifetime of the house and even if they don’t, materials needed to fix them will always be readily accessible since they are common and easily found.
UPDATE JUNE 23: I haven’t been back there yet, but I am told when the tornado’s came thru town a couple weeks ago a very large tree came down on the house and the Laundry room and is half destroyed, so I’ll be back there soon, after the insurance’s guy’s are thru, and get some decent shots of the finished garage with the floor installed and see how it held up over time.



Bend Em says:

Well done 👍🏻

Mike Bernard says:

Terrible camera work spoils the video !!

T'airn'KA says:

Nice work. I had the same idea but got four metal cabinets instead so I can move them around if I wish (like last week).  😉
Only thing I have a problem with in my garage is the floor runoff angle (1.5" in 17'?), how did you compensate?

Dark Horse Woodworking says:

Very nice!! I made frame-less garage cabinets myself. You can see the plans a drafted for free. Check it out! –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjAlmhaTuyA&t=51s

Kay InMaine says:

Excellent! thumbs up

Mark Anthony - More Clients Fast says:

Appreciate the video but I could not watch it due to the camera moving all over the place… it makes me feel nauseous.
Perhaps use a tripod next time champ 🙂

Ivan Echevarria says:

Nice finish product but the camera movement is to much. I still like it

binthrdonthat says:

Nice job. I love the piano hinge on the double door.

Jeff DeLuca says:

love the background music

gino volta says:

Hey buddy great build. I was wondering though, the left side of the unit you had a stud by itself and on the right you had the double 2×4. The single stud in the left, was that to tie into the far wall?

Hilda Grachen says:

You must not be near water. Down here on the coast where people bought too many items made out of particle board that learned a hard lesson when Hurricane Ike came. Suddenly, those who thought they would save a few bucks by not purchasing solid wood furniture, cabinets, etc. paid a mint when they returned after the evacuation only to find that their furniture, entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, etc. had literally melted to the floor. Although cheap it is not good for areas that have moisture. Luckily I only lost one item. All of my furniture was built back in the late 30's when particle board had not been thought of. While I am not a carpenter by any means have you ever thought about reinforcing your garage walls or even the cabinet backs with wood  nailed perpendicular to the studs? In the older homes they refer to that as ship's lap. When the hurricanes come the houses are not damaged structurally. They remain standing.

Everett Leonard says:

did he say " $800 worth of wood" or $100?

Omar Rivers says:

Loved the video of your custom cabinets. Felt proud for you and also empowered that I could accomplish something similar. Btw, F the critics and haters. They're like pollen in the spring….inevitable. Thank you!

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