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    Organizing the "Bunk House"

    So, The previous owners had made a little room (10'x13') out part of the garage. The called it the bunk house. Can't imagine anyone ever living in the windowless little thing, but that's another story.

    Naturallly we used it for storage. Had a mixture of steel shelving and cabinets with doors. Well, we could never get into the cabs with doors due to junk in the way, and the seperate shelving units made it difficult to get things in and out. Just not very conducive to organizing.

    So decided to fix that.

    We tore everything out of the room. I found a remnant of carpet at home depot to replace the old one. Apparently they used to lock some sort of animal up in the room, cause the old carpet was pretty scratched up in one place.

    I bought some cheap plywood at home depot for 25$ a sheet. I made a little cutting table for the ply with a 'flipper upper' to help get the ply on the table. Sure, I could manhandle the 4'x8' sheet of 3/4 ply, but that little hook on a hinge sure makes it a lot easier.

    I also made a little jig for a circular saw to cut out the shelving. It worked so good I accidently cut up two extra sheets of plywood into 15 7/8" wide shelving!

    We decided that 16" was about as deep as a shelf needed to be. Perfect size for a bankers box. Any deeper and you will never see, or get to, what is at the back of the shelf...

    Table and sheet goods flipper upper
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    Circular saw panel ripping jig. Marginally adjustable. Just need to undo the screws int he bottom and measure from the blade to the fence. It actually worked great for cutting long, same sized shelves from the plywood. I set it up to be about 15 7/8" so I could get 3 equal sized shelves from each panel.
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    Final product, ready to be filled. No junk will be allowed to go back into the room! Look out Good will and Ebay, here we come!

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    Looks like that should work. Just how many extra sheets did you pick up for shop use? That original stack looked pretty thick.

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    Really nice storage room!
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    I picked up 20 sheets... Figured I'll use it and I might as well get it while it's on deal. I'm planning on doing a complete garage redo this spring, and I'm sure that little stack will go pretty fast.

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    Just added a bookshelf...

    Time to start filling it up again...

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    Looks like a winner!
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    Did you want to apply...or should we do it for you?

    Shelves and carpet look good!
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    Your gonna have to enplane just what a "flipper-upper" is and how it works.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    Your gonna have to enplane just what a "flipper-upper" is and how it works.
    Sorry, had to do it.

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    I saw one of those flipper upper thingies on a table saw someplace.
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