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.
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.
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.
I lined everything up so each shelf was close to 12x12x15 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.
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..