Published at Thursday, November 15th 2018. by Hilary Hines in Ceiling.
Garage storage ideas. First, you got to get the dimensions of the tote so measure the width, in this case, it's about 15 and 11. Sixteenths second thing that you need to do is measure the lip because this lip is going to rest on the carriage that we're building out of the plywood in the two by fours. So put your measuring tape underneath that lip a major health, how deep it is - and in this case, it's really about half an inch deep. So each lip is one half inch deep. That means we're going to use that measurement to make that bottom portion of the carriage. So I'm going to explain how to make the bottom rail the tote lips are 1/2 inch wide. So you also know that a 2x4 is one and a half. It's really one and a half inches wide, so if we add one and a half inches for the 2x4 and one inch for the total lip depth from your tote.
That means that this bottom rail for the carriage needs to be a total of two and a half inches. Now I always like to have a little bit more space. So what I'm actually going to do is make that bottom rail for the carriage to be about three inches so that we have about three-quarters of an inch here on the rail for the tote to slide on it. So I'm going to measure in three inches make a mark. Do the same thing on the other side, then use a straight edge to draw a line now for the fun part using the circular saw Oh easy enough right. Well, since I have all five fingers now, I have to cut a five-inch piece of plywood for the top portion of the carriage and then finally, you have to cut a four-foot section of 2x4. Next thing you wanted to do is find the center of both the three inch and the 5-inch rails place a mark in the center every 10 inches.
Then, to make life a little bit easier, make it mark two inches in from the edge of both ends of the 2x4 dead center. So at three-quarters of an inch then apply a nice generous amount of wood glue to the bottom edge of the 2x4. At this point, get your two-inch screws started and drill it through the face of the three-inch board. Do the same thing on the opposite end and what you can do is take this edge of the screw and line it up with the mark that you made right here on a 2x4 now you can screw the one end in place and do the same thing For the other end, and I always like to check to make sure that it did a halfway decent job, so take the measuring tape measure that distance between the 2x4 and the edge of the 3-inch rail and close enough. I get three-quarters of an inch yep. That's good, then measure the other side close to three-quarters of an inch.
That's exactly what we wanted. Do the exact same thing for the 5-inch rail then go ahead and put in the rest of the screws on both the three inch and the 5-inch rail. The carriages are built now. What you need to do is find the joist on the ceiling. Super simple use: a stud finder mark the location of the joist on one end, the final location of the joist on the other end of the ceiling, then you can draw a line between the two marks and connect the dots and that's the location of your joist Across the span of your ceiling do the same thing for the area where you're going to hang the carriage is now my case. Whoever was working on the house before I was nice enough to mark the joist on this 2 by 6. That's right above the i-beam whoo-hoo. Now, if you want to be really sure that you found the joists, you can pound a penny nail right into the mark that you made on the drywall just make sure to go at least 3/4 I'm going to inch through the drywall, because drywall is probably going To be either half-inch or 5/8 of an inch, because I promised that this project would take all day. Here's how you can find the rest of the joist super quickly. Take your tape. The measure put it on the penny nail or on the mark that you made on that on the ceiling. That indicates the first joist and measure over 16 inches, and that will indicate your second joists, and you can do that for the remaining ones too. You may want to partner for this put the carriage up on the ceiling and then make a mark on it on the five-inch section of the plywood that corresponds with your joist location. I wanted to show you something make the mark one inch in from the edge of the 5-inch rail so right about here. Now you can drill pilot holes into the carriage where you made the marks.
This is the part where you may want a hand. So here's the deal you got to temporarily mount the carriage to the joist using three-inch deck screws cut a two by four template that matches the dimensions of your tote. Take your two by four template and stick it into the set, a second carriage. What you're going to do is make a mark on the 2x4 that indicates the top position of the 5-inch rail. We're going to use this mark to mount the carriage to the ceiling. Take your 2x4 template. Stick it into the carriage you mount it already to the ceiling, find the mark that you made on the template and place that mark on the ceiling. This is going to indicate the edge of the next carriage, so you want the 5-inch rail to match up with this mark. Do the same thing with the template at the end of the already mounted carriage we're getting so close, we're almost done. Take the second carriage and line it up with the marks that you made with that template and again we're going to temporarily mount the carriage to the joist with three-inch deck screws because I'm so excited and because you want to see if this railing system works. Take one of your bins to take one of your totes and slide it in place. Whoo. It works drill, some bigger holes for the lag bolts that are going to go in the 5-inch rail and you want to put at least four lag bolts on each carriage.
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