Over the years Extreme How-To writers have covered workbenches, tool shelves and shop-made storage cabinets of all shapes and sizes. Just check out our website at www.extremehowto.com to find all sorts of free, helpful tutorials on scratch-made projects that help organize your garage or workshop. For this article we combined a few ideas, start- ing with a simple but versatile bracket system that simplifies the process of building a bench or shelves. We combined the new storage struc- tures with a couple of wall-mounted tool organiz- ers, and the end result was an orderly expansion of our workshop's westward wall. This kept tools and materials off the floor and created approxi- mately 76 square feet of additional storage space, both vertical and horizontal.
TIME-SAVING SHORTCUT I came across a bracket system called 2x4 Basics from F3 Brands at the 2012 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. I was struck by the system's simple design and modular nature, which enabled a DIY'er to build a customized shelf system and/or workbench structure in a wide range of designs and configurations. Whether you need a broad work platform, a simple shop desk, a combination of desk and shelves, or a vertical storage rack for long-handled tools, if you can visualize your system made from stan- dard 2x4 lumber, then you can probably build it with the brackets.
By Matt Weber