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Old 11-15-2009, 09:15 PM
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cupboards on the cheap for your garage

So I've been searching and spreading the word around friends for a long while now that I want some old cupboards for my garage because storage is at a premium. Well after cleaning out the garage yesterday I told myself junk will accumulate no more. I was looking at used cupboards again, but they are all very expensive. Then I had idea. Entertainment units.

With everyone buying big LCD tv's now, people can't even give these units made for 20-26 tv's anymore. I found this one for free online. The guy had been advertising it for three weeks now.

I brought it home and today I chopped it up. I put some plywood on the bottom of the chopped section, reinforced both pieces, called up my nephew to help hold it while I secured it on the wall, and voila.

It took a bit of work to modify the whole thing, but now I've got cheap storage and it just cost me some gas, leftover plywood, and few screws and a few hours and a hamburger for nephew.

Hope this might be a solution for some you guys in the same boat I was.

btw anyone want to join a pool to guess how long before the glass door breaks?

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Cool idea.. I give the glass door about a week.
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I did much the same thing!
We had an old unit that was destined for the dump, and I started eyeing up it's rather unique covered storage compartment.

It has a magnetic catch and handle at the top. The piano hinge is at the bottom of this door, and it has a slow-motion swing arm on it to prevent it from free-falling. With the door in the open position ... it becomes a shelf.

After "Red Greening" it to a suitable depth by extending the back by 3", it now houses all of my Hot-Rod Magazines and Chilton manuals, etc. Pull out the book, open it up, and place it on the swing down door/shelf.

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I went back and looked at your pictures again.
Your "cabinets" appear to be a full 12" deep, which is great. Mine were only about 9" on the upper part. The lower part was much deeper, around 18".

I'm doing a kitchen reno on the house right now, and will soon be replacing some of those narrow shelves with actual 1978 vintage pre-fab kitchen cabinets.

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That's awesome. I've been looking for old cupboards myself, but never thought to use entertainment centers. Thanks for the idea.
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btw anyone want to join a pool to guess how long before the glass door breaks?
Til your little girl hits about 3 years old and tosses something to break it! Or the wife says, "Get your butt in here, dinner is ready, slams the door, and the glass breaks.
The glass looks fairly well out of the way.
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After you break the glass, Lexan makes a good replacement. NOW when I get pissed, I can chuck a wrench right at it with no problem!
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That is a good use for a entertainment center.

I have seen take out cabinets for sale pretty reasonable on craigs list at times.
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Pigjam, well done! And you have finished walls and ceiling. My dry wall finishing work looks so poorly done, I've had to cover most of it with banners and posters. When I look at my ceiling, I see the swirls of unfinished mud and convince myself they give the place character.
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you have finished walls and ceiling.
Yeah! I'll bet I'm the only guy on here with stipple on the ceiling of his garage. I'm told by my neighbours that one family who lived in my house transformed the garage into a bedroom for one of the kids. That musta blew. There's not even a window to sneak out of. I know what you're all thinking - scoot out the garage door. Nope. They had built a wall in front of it.

66GMC the cabinets are 15" deep. That'll give me plenty of room for sure
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