I am always trying to clean and organize my shop so I thought I would work on my
paints and spray cans. I wanted to make a small shelf where I can fit some of my
most used cans. This shelf will also hang on a door giving me more wall space.
To start I will use what I have in my shop so this project
won't cost me a cent. I found some rough looking aluminum
flatbar, 1"by 1/8" and 3 feet long and cleaned them up using
make sure everything is lined up..
... the bar is carefully bent to shape, the thickness of the door
which is 1 1/2"
I rip a scrap 2x6 for the shelves and frame.....
...and with my table saw sled I cut some dados. I did not want to
install my dado blade so I use my regular blade and slowly cut
measuring often to get the right thickness.
I dry fit the rack and put in some cans to see what looks best
and then use my dowel stop gauge to make a mark for the
I can now clamp the rack and with a glue and sawdust mix I fill
some of the gaps. There were only a few but it is always nice to
take care of this right away. Late this can be cleaned up with a
chisel and sandpaper.
The rack was placed on the table saw and a few more dodos
were cut for some small strips. These will make a small fence
for the cans.
The bars are drilled, countersunk and placed on the rack
ready for the screws......
.....four screws are added. The countersinking will keep the
screw heads flush with the bar.
The rack is easily hung on the door and now I can decide which
cans I use the most. Having a small rack with only a few cans keeps
things tidy and if ever I want, I can hang it on the other side of