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DIY Garage Cabinet

This spacious cabinet efficiently organizes and stores all your painting clutter or other tools and hobby supplies. It's easy to build in just two hours.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Overview: Cabinet design, cost and materials

We designed this wall cabinet with painting supplies in mind, but you can use it to store just about anything, including hand tools and small boxes of fasteners and hardware. We simplified the construction by using a build-a-box-and-cut-it-in-half technique and then face-mounting a full-length continuous hinge. It couldn't be easier. And the result is a sturdy, practical wall-hung cabinet.

Materials for one of these cabinets cost us about $55, but you could reduce the price per cabinet by buying 4 x 8-ft. sheets of pegboard and plywood and building several cabinets instead.

Figure A: Cabinet details

Figure A: Cabinet details

Figure A: Cabinet Details

Build the cabinet from a 4x4 sheet of plywood and a 4x4 sheet of pegboard. Find the Materials

Note: Figure A and a Materials List are available in pdf format in Additional Information below.

Step 1: Assemble the box

Start by cutting 8-in. strips of plywood and screwing them together to form a 2-ft. by 4-ft. box. Place screws accurately as shown in Figure A to avoid hitting them when you cut the box in two (Photo 2). Also be sure to orient the pegboard so the good side faces out on the front and in on the back. Be careful to cut the pegboard pieces perfectly square and with straight sides so you can use them as a guide for straightening the box sides and squaring the box as you nail on the pegboard (Photo 1).

Step 2: Cut the box into two parts

To cut the box into two pieces, begin by tacking a straight board to the box sides as a saw guide. Position the guide so the cut runs 3 in. from the front edge of the box and falls between the screws. Set the saw blade to cut 7/8 in. deep. Align the guide carefully on each side so the cuts meet in the corners. Before you make the final cut, use shims and tape to hold the cabinet together, and keep them on until the cut is complete (Photo 2).

Step 3: Install the hinge

Reconnect the boxes with a 48-in. long continuous hinge (Photo 3).

Step 4: Add the trim and shelves

Figure A shows the cabinet dimensions and details as well as the rack we added to hold paint roller covers. Screw two 3-in.-wide strips of 3/4-in. plywood to the back of the cabinet. These provide a stronger hanging surface, and they space the cabinet from the wall to allow the use of pegboard hooks on the cabinet back. Mount the cabinet by driving 1/4-in. by 3-in. lag screws through the hanging strip into wall studs.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Miter saw
    • Brad nail gun
    • Tape measure
    • Circular saw
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Drill bit set
    • Self-centering drill bit, small
    • One-handed bar clamps
    • Safety glasses
    • Table saw
    • Wood glue

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • See Materials List at the end of the Step-by-Step section.
    • Masking tape
    • Shims

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January 20, 3:01 PM [GMT -5]

I initially built 2 of these, then with leftover pegboard built 4 more. I gave two to a friend. the directions were clear and easy to follow, the amount of storage is AMAZING. I use one for car stuff, fishing stuff, and two for woodworking tools/materials.

The only change i made was using the "Kreg Pocket jig" to secure my interior shelves, permanently. It was cheaper and easier than drilling columns of holes and buying the shelf pins. This was an easy build using a table saw and drill.

June 07, 10:03 AM [GMT -5]

I've built one of these so far and plan on building two more.
The one change or addition that I made was on the door as I added a 3/4 inch strip of wood around the door interior and then put another piece of pegboard on the door interior. Now the pegboard hooks don't show on the opposite side.

January 16, 6:25 PM [GMT -5]

My neighbor and I built 4 of these. We really like them. They work great for storing a variety of different tools, fasteners and other garage materials. He uses his exclusively for his woodworking tools. It is amazing how much you can store in a small space. We did add extra magnets to the doors to keep them closed tightly. With one closer either the top or bottom gapped. Get a friend or 2 that are interested to work with you. Once you set everything up it really doesn't take much longer to make additional cabinets.

December 28, 10:30 PM [GMT -5]

I have no comment about the project, but I do about your advertisements. One for Philips lights kept filling up the screen. It really is aggravating. I probably won't return to the website for a long time. Pity, because your content is great. Tell your marketing people to stop being so greedy. Ed Kuska

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