Two adults, 4 kids, 2 dogs and a (evil) cat accumulate a lot of stuff. And where does stuff end up? Yes on the garage floor! Last weekend Laura and the girls went to the mall and I was allowed to stay home! The boys were keeping each other entertained so I had the whole day to my self and what better way to spend it than in the garage engineering creative storage solutions!
First step was to take an inventory. Over the past year we as a family have managed to scatter the garage floor with 13 pairs of skis, 4 snowboards 14 pairs of ski boots, 2 pairs of snowboard boots, countless ski poles, electric go-cart, all sorts of baby-phase mobility devices, electric scooter, 6 sleds, 3 skate/longboards, a 24″ Christmas tree in two massive boxes, a 8 foot Christmas tree, and TONS AND TONS of random shit.. Amongst all this we still manage to park two full sized SUV’s in the garage every night, pretty impressive!
I decided that of the category with the highest chance of achieving engineering and organizational satisfaction would be the skis/snowboards and accessories as well as the Christmas trees. My goal was to use as much material I had laying around as possible. At the end i only had to go to Home Depot to get some 2×4 brackets and better screws. I still have a lot of timber sitting, so I’ll probably post a “#2” here some day!
OK lets get started. I had a slab of MDF which was going to be my ski storage. I cut slits in the MDF and mounted the slab on the wall with heavy duty brackets like a shelf. The ski’s hang in the slits, works great and looks cool!
On top there is plenty of room for ski boots and i screwed little hooks underneath, behind the skis to accommodate the poles.
The largest challenge (AS ALWAYS) is to find those damn studs. Drywall and I do not have a smooth relationship. It seems to me that home builders just for shits and giggles sometimes leave a stud out or put a “stud finder reflector” in the wall where there is no actual stud. My quest for studs often results in colorful language.. Laura discovered one of my drywall anger management techniques a week or so ago: no, I don’t punch a hole through the wall or shoot holes in it…I..actually….sing, i make up songs about how much I hate dry wall. /enddrywallrant
Next step was the:
Snow Board and Ski/Snowboard Boot Rack
For this exercise I decided to build a Dutch Redneck copy of the “professional” snow/surf/skate board racks you may purchase for more than the $4.95 I spent on screws (providing you have unused timber laying around). I started with screwing two 4×4’s in the wall (STUDS!). Why 4×4’s? Because i had them, that’s why. 2×4’s would have been more practical but i reserved those for the Christmas tree storage solution. I cut a whole bunch of 8″ pieces of 2×2’s on a 30 deg angle. I then attached the 2×2 pieces to the 4×4’s with a single screw and wood glue. I didn’t get impatient but let it all harden out for 24 hours (pretty impressive huh?). My idea was to use somewhat of the same setup for snowboards and boots that are used regularly. The boots would then hang on an angle so that if they are wet, they dry properly.
YES I KNOW the 4×4 on the right side is crooked. And just to make my life easier i wrote the first three words of the previous sentence on the wall next to the crooked 4×4. I used a level for the 8″ 2×2 pieces (because I DO learn sometimes)..
As i said before,this rack will double as a boot rack, more specifically, the lower portion of the rack. I ran out of time to complete that part, so that will have to be done next weekend. But here is proof that it works:
The Christmas Tree Storage
For this project i used a sheet of plywood i had laying around as well as some 2×4’s. I needed the better screws and the 2×4 brackets for this one!
A picture says more than a million words so….
You might notice the speaker which naturally always blasts the Rik Station on Pandora (see the Pandora link at the top right of my page)
I also found a quick and easy solution for the long boards.It takes two large screws per longboard! Kinda eyeball the flushness, measure out the location of the screws to be almost touching the wheels and hang them on their front trucks:
Even Clara (Emily’s best friend) gets long board parking at the VDB residence!
To be continued with more bright ideas!