Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. All opinions are mine.
One of the most used rooms in our entire house is our garage. In the summer months I sit out there and watch Gavin play basketball and Jude ride his favorite toy the Radio Flyer Ziggle up and down the drive way. I also use the garage for my daily work-outs and for all of my DIY projects. Oh and every once in a while I may be able to get my car in there !
When we first moved in to our home I put a lot of time in to organizing our garage. You can read about that process here. I felt like everything was organized really well until my tool collection grew. As that was happening I also realized my need for a work surface outside grew too! But guess what didn’t grow? MY GARAGE!
With such limited space I needed a storage system that also doubled as a workbench but it couldn’t take up any space… AT ALL! Because I still needed to be able to get my car in the garage if we had bad weather. Don’t have a garage? Check out my mom’s closet door tool storage solution here.
I came up with this wild plan in my head and I consulted with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware about my idea. The folks at Rockler were so awesome they listened to my plans and sent over a list of materials they thought would work.
First of which is this essential piece of metal, a Posi-Lock Folding Leg Bracket. this bracket found exclusively at Rockler was what made this project work and work really well.
Hinges are super important when building anything that folds out or that needs to close. These Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge Lid Support are incredible. Not only are they safe for things a rolling storage ottoman that stores toys, they also support a good amount of weight. Building the frame and the pegboard insert was far less challenging than the design of the fold out work stations. And organizing all my tools was the best part. My new Bandy Clamps have a perfect home and are super easy to grab in a pinch. These clamps far exceed the little black and red ones I have because of their awesome design which includes a band in the clamp, great for holding wires against tight surfaces.
The size of this work/storage station is really big and needless to say provides a ton of space for tools. I left a little space to add storage for small items like nails, screws, and nuts. I am really happy I did this because searching through boxes of random screws gets old really fast!
Another essential tool for this project was my Kreg Jig which I am ashamed to say was a gift from my husband last Christmas and I just now used it. To be honest I was really confused on how to use it but one you tube video later and I got the hang of it. It was perfect for putting the frames together for the leg panels.
Lastly, I could not live without my new Dewalt Table Saw! Cutting long boards like the peg board can be very challenging with a circular or jig saw. It’s also challenging to use any saw without the right work surface. I searched and searched for an affordable saw stand and this one worked out perfectly. I just ordered a set of casters and screwed a piece of wood on top and it makes the perfect portable saw table.
We have been using this fold out work station like crazy it is absolutely perfect for a tight space. What do you think? Do you like it? Who would like to see plans for this? If so let me know in the comments and I’ll start working on them!
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Don’t have a garage Check out my Mom’s Closet Door Tool Storage here