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Building an Automotive Locker

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building an automotive locker.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

1- x 12-inch pine boards
3/4-inch plywood
circular saw
power drill with driver bits and drill bits
1 1/2-inch wood screws
safety glasses
nail gun
4 bun feet with mounting rackets
2 magnetic doorstops
4 door hinges
hasp and staple latch
tape measure
primer and paint o varnish

Step 3: Choose a Location for the Locker

An automotive locker can double as garage storage and workspace.

Start by choosing location. An unheated garage is NOT a good location for an automotive locker; motor oil and automotive fluids should not freeze. Since some automotive fluids are flammable, locker should not be placed near pilot light or furnace.

Step 4: Determine a Size for the Locker

Choose size. You’ll save materials if locker’s size conforms to standard lumber sizes.

Make locker a comfortable working height so you can use top as workspace.

Tip: 32 to 36 inches is standard counter height, but, depending on how tall you are, 30 or 40 inches might be better for you.

Double doors will give easier access to shelves.

For a better fit, measure and cut interior parts AFTER assembling frame.

Paint or varnish all parts BEFORE assembling them.

Step 5: Attach the Top, Bottom and Side Pieces

With circular saw, cut top, bottom and sides from 1- x 12-inch boards. Use edge guide to make straight cuts.

Using wood glue and wood screws, attach top and bottom to sides. Ends of top and bottom should be on top of and flush with outer edges of sides.

Step 6: Attach the Back and Doors

Measure and cut back out of 3/4-inch plywood.

Using wood glue and wood screws, attach back.

Measure and cut doors. Doors should sit inside frame with 1/16- to 1/8-inch clearance.

Cut doorstops to fit inside top and bottom of frame.

Step 7: Measure, Cut and Install the Shelves

Measure and cut shelves from 1- x 12-inch boards.

Round front edges of shelves with router.

Tip: Measure all automotive supplies and place shelves to fit storage items. For safety, keep heavy items on lower shelves.

Mount shelving with pocket holes, L-brackets or shelving standards screwed into sides.

Step 8: Attach the Feet and Doors

Pre-drilling screws, attach feet brackets to bottom corners and screw on feet.

Attach doors with hinges.

Install magnetic doorstops on bottom to hold door shut.

Install a hasp and staple latch.