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#1 TheSubaruJunkie



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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:49 PM

So, i came to realize my garage has a lack of storage, and cabinets could be a cheap solution... (or a real expensive one).

Lets see some pix of your garage cabinets... maybe where you scored them, if you got a killer deal or something.

#2 The Dude Abides

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:51 PM

I find that if you drive around to people remodeling houses, they just throw the old kitchen cabnets away. I have used these in my last few garage setups and they work great. The old kitchen conter makes a killer work bench as well.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:55 PM

Yeah thats what I was thinking myself. My workbench does need a new top, i never thought of scavenging old countertop though! Great idea.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:17 PM

plus2 for old kitchen cabinets. can be had cheap, or even free, just check with a remodel person.
- remember, who cares what they look like as long as they have a few shelves and somethin to put some wood screws into to hold to your studs.
craigslist might be good might not.
check under the "free" under for sale stuff/

#5 NV Zeno

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 04:32 PM

I've had cabinets in some of my houses, some had shelves instead. I presently have a mix of both.

I generally prefer the shelves, mostly because of the easier access, especially up high..and they can be "built" to my needs, such as depth and strength (for heavy stuff).

Cabinets are good, I have some in my garage, but I find that I'm unloading and loading them a lot when I need to get to (or look for) something.

Used cabinets are certainly an excellent way to go, for cost reasons.

Just my 2 bucks

#6 lkindred


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 04:40 PM

Anyone in the greater Portland OR area should check out the Rebuilding Center on N. Mississippi. They have great prices on used cabinets and all kinds of interesting things there. Open 7 days a week.

Habitat for Humanity Re-store is another place to check.

#7 TheSubaruJunkie



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Posted 27 October 2009 - 05:56 PM

Cabinets will do a good job of hiding my collection of aerosol cans. Its a direct violation of my lease, but my landlord will probably never lay eyes on them.

However, its better to be safe than sorry.

I have shelfs now. And they collect clutter. Shelfs are nice for holding my camping gear.

#8 mcbrat


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:28 PM

at my old house, I had cabinets from 2 old kitchens, and they generally worked really well. the ones in my current garage were "garage cabinets". :-\ non-moving shelves, base cabinets have a shelf which limits greatly what I can put in... I've already taken doors off some of the uppers so that my soob bolt containers work like the shelves at my old house....

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:38 PM

I have a collection of cabinets that were scavenged or built over the years from whatever my grandfather had around. I find they are useful but at the same time stuff goes in and it's "out of sight, out of mind" and I have a hard time remembering that I even own some of that stuff. Awning for the back deck, house paint, deck stain, coffee cans full of every type of nail immaginable, odd scraps of wood, remnants of various carpeting/vinyl/counter-top from the house.... etc.

I have two of the metal "flat pack" shelves you can get at almost any discount store - 4' x 16" or some such deal - 800 lbs per shelf - etc, etc. Got them at Costco for like $50 each. I find they are great for storeing the clear tote's which I then label and fill with assorted parts for specific types/models of vehicles, etc. I plan on getting about 5 or 6 more of the shelving units for my shed and similarly organzing that space as it's a dumping ground for engines, transmissions, and other heavy spare's that don't fit into the scheme of my garage.

I appreciate the visibility of the shelves. I do keep my aerosol's in a cupboard, though I would like to rebuild some of the cupboards that they are in to be "one can deep". Having deep cupboards in the garage is just a good way to lose stuff forever. I can't use most of the space because I want all the cans to be visible or I won't know what I have in stock. Frankly a shelf would be better for those too, but I can see the need in your case to hide that stuff. Perhaps you could just build some yourself - it's not that hard to knock together some 1-can-deep shelves and put a door or a curtain over them. I'm seriously considering just putting up a canvas curtain strung on a rope on front of some 6" deep shelves.....

Simpler is better IMO. Doors have to swing out - curtains don't.


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Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:32 PM

Look for ************ on craigslist...
I got a ***************in vented, lockable, steel cabinet for all my fluids/chemicals/poisons whatever for $10.

#11 Breeke


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Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:19 PM

Sweet find

I have old kitchen cabinets in my garage....from the remodel....they work great

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:23 PM

Do you have a habitat for humanity store?
thats my first stop for ANY building materials etc

good cause too - and they will take what you have leftover after a job

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