How to Build a Workshop Storage Rack
Host David Thiel demonstrates different ways of building a flat storage rack for a shop. These racks keep stock off the floor and away from moisture to prevent warpage.
Determine the desired size of the cabinet, then transfer the dimensions to pegboard and cut it — or have it cut
Form the frames, joining the corners with butt joints — that is, joints formed by butting two pieces together and securing them, thus eliminating the need for mitering. Drill pilot holes in each corner and insert galvanized screws. Note: It's usually a good idea to drill pilot holes anytime you're working near the edge of the wood (Image 1). This eliminates the need to worry about inserting the screw too near the edge and splitting the wood. Square up the frame throughout this process, either with a framing square or by this handy shortcut: make sure the pegboard is cut perfectly square, then use it to line up the frame (Image 2). Doing this makes the job of squaring much faster and more accurate.
If you plan to add a handle in the lower corner of each door, first attach a small block of wood to the inside of the door at that point. This will provide a surface into which you can drive the screw to hold the handle.
Fit the piano hinges on the doors, then predrill holes and attach the hinges to the doors with screws (about one in every other hole should work).
Attach the doors to the cabinet frame. You'll need an assistant for this step.
Attach the base to the wall, using a hammer drill and masonry screws (Image 1) if necessary (if attaching the base to wall studs, use wood screws). Attach the pegboard back to the base (Image 2).