Installing Large Garage Cabinets

With this 2x2 frame and panel system, you can add 80-plus cubic feet of storage in an afternoon

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Socket/ratchet set
  • Stud finder
  • Chalk line
  • Nail set
  • Level
  • Jigsaw
  • Stepladder
  • Straightedge
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Polyurethane glue

Lumber:
For every four 32-in. bays, you'll need:
End and divider panels, bottoms: Two 4x8 sheets of 3/4-in. plywood
Shelving: One 4x8 sheet of 3/4-in. plywood
Sliding door panels: Two 4x8 sheets of 1/4-in. plywood
Framing: Eight 8-ft. 2x2s
Shelving cleats: approx. 4 ft. of 1x2 per 24-in. shelf

Hardware:
Lag screws: Sixteen 1/4 x 3-1/2 in.
Framing fasteners: 1 lb. of 16d nails
Panel fasteners: 1 lb. of 2-in. screws
Shelving cleats and cabinet bottom fasteners: 1 lb. of 1-5/8 in.screws
Track and trim fasteners: Small box of 1-in. brads
Door track: One 4-ft., one 8-ft. (Available from woodworker’s supply stores).
Finger pulls: Four 3/4-in. diameter