Handmade wooden garage cabinet plan – you can do that!
Your cabinet should be convenient, compact and small. It also should resist temperature and humidity fluctuations.
Making cabinet plan
Most probably, cabinet dimensions will correspond with garage space parameters. You better make a preliminary plan of the future cabinet.
Thus, you will avoid some mistakes and count the quantity of materials required. You can even cut out some pieces from carton to put them together into a model. That will help you to understand how to fix all the details together. You can also measure and cut out the needed details in the course of work.
After that, construction material must be chosen. Most optimal choice for a garage cabinet is laminated chipboard or wood. Chipboard has ideal protection against both temperature changes and moisture.
The next step is cutting of chipboard or wooden details.
Now we are ready to start assembling.
To perform it, you will need: chipboard workpieces, doors (might be made of plywood), laminated material, screws, magnets, a hammer, an arm-saw, an electric drill with drilling tools for concrete and wood, screw gun or screwdriver.
Measure the intended place of cabinet location. A special foundation will be organized on the floor. That is why we will need preliminarily prepared wooden bars: one set for the floor, another one for ceiling. Using electric drill and self-tapping screws, attach the bars to the floor in the form of a square or a rectangle, do the same with the second set, fixing it on ceiling.
You already have chipboard details that will serve as cabinet walls. Fix them to the bars on the floor and ceiling by self-tapping screws.
Now you’ve got a box, but without shelves and doors. If you don’t like the back wall, cover it with a solid chipboard list: cut it out and fix by screws at its perimeter.
Now it’s time to make the drop ceiling of your cabinet. Measure, and cut a square or a rectangle by the fixed dimensions from the chipboard or laminated material, and attach it to the ceiling bars with screws.
After that, we come to the shelves. It’s up to you to decide how many do you need.
Make the plan beforehand: plan what and where you will put, and cut and install all the details after that. The main shelf is the one in the middle.
The rest shelves placed above and under the main one may be made of thick plywood or furniture lists. Fix angle irons inside: to do that, get smaller screws so that they didn’t pierce the walls.
Put chipboard lists (these will be the shelves) cut out beforehand on the angle irons and fix to them by the screw gun.
Now it’s time to fix the doors: hinged doors on three butts will be enough. The butts shouldn’t be too big. The holes for them of about 26 mm diameter are better to be made by a drill with a special head.
Before fixing the butts, make sure that cabinet box coincides with the doors in their dimensions. Open and close them and check whether in the closed state there are no gaps between the doors and the box itself. When everything is measured, find the location of butts. First, get them screwed to the doors, and then to the cabinet box.
If your cabinet was made of wood, after the end of all works all wooden details must be covered by a special protecting layer.