5 Gallon Water Jug Storage

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I have seven 5 gallon water jugs that I use to top off my saltwater fish tank. For the last couple years they have been taking up a log of floor space in my garage. As you’ve seen on a few of my past projects like the DIY Reclaimed Pallet Shelf or the Wood Storage Cart, I am trying to reclaim some of the precious work space in my garage. I looked online again of course but didn’t really find anything I liked. I have seen some plastic storage options at Home Depot but they were more than I wanted to spend. I ended up making up my own design on this and it is as basic as I could make it.
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After drawing up the plans, I made a quick run to home depot. I only needed to pickup eight or nine regular 8′ 2×4’s. (This ended up being a pretty cheap project.) I ended up cutting 21×15″ pieces for each shelf and using the table saw I cut 7 of them in half. The side stiles were cut to 77″ since that is the total height of the whole thing and the max that would fit in my garage.

 

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Using clamps, I quickly pre-drilled, countersunk and assembled each shelf. After the shelves were complete, I rounded everything off including the inside where the jug would be sitting with my belt sander.

 

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I lined everything up so each shelf was 15x15x15 inches on the inside. After a few were lined up, I added some clamps to keep everything stable while I countersunk and screwed everything in place.

 

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After it was all done I secured it to the wall and  reclaimed a whole bunch of floor space. Now I have a small fight with a few jugs with leaky seals..

7 Comments on 5 Gallon Water Jug Storage

  1. This looks like exactly what we need!!! Thank you. I think I am going to try and build one soon. Now that you have lived with, and used this for a little while, is there anything you would have done differently, any improvements on the design?

    • Hey Dore,
      I used mine for 5 or more years and never had any issues with it. The only improvements on design would be if it were going to inside the house I might purdy it up a a bit.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. I like your design and an excellent reason to finally purchase a needed table saw. I’m thinking of making 2 3 gallon size ones so I can use them as supports for my coffee bar. One on each end. May stain or paint, but my kitchen is heading toward rustic anyway, and is large enough. Also, I won’t have to reach so high. I would be a bit experimental.

  3. Hi

    Nice job with this. I was sure you had posted a full write up of this on Instructables but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Is that still available somewhere? My wife would like something similar for the bunch of 5gal jugs we just bought. No worries if it’s gone, I will figure it out just figured I’d ask.

    • I’ve written some tutorials on Instructables but don’t think I ever did this one. It was one of my original posts and came out a long time before I did anything for indestructible. Sorry..

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