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Add style and storage to your garage with stenciled racks for everything from garden tools to barbecue accessories.
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Cut the front frame vertical stiles (B), front bottom rail (C), and front top rail (D). Then cut the back vertical stiles (E), back bottom rail (F), and back top rail (G) all about 1 inch oversize. Smooth each piece with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper. If you plan to make several racks, repeat this and the following steps for each rack.
The top rails of the frames shown measure 9-1/4-in wide instead of 3-1/2-in wide for the sides and bottom piece to match the style of the garage. They can also be made with 3-1/2-in top rails.
Drill pocket holes where shown on the front frame stiles (B). Glue and screw the stiles to the bottom rail (C) and top rail (D).
Mask off the perforated hardboard panel 2-1/2 inches from each edge using painter's tape, and then paint the outside face of the panel. (We used Valspar semigloss exterior latex in Ivory Lace, #7003-6.) Print out the barbecue stencils and assemble the sheets to form patterns. Use spray adhesive to apply the patterns to contact paper, and then cut out the design. Peel away the contact paper backing and position the stencil as desired on the hardboard. (When assembled, the front frame will cover 2-3/4-in of each hardboard edge.) Using a dabbing motion, fill in the stencil without forcing paint underneath the stencil edges. Remove the stencil, and tape and let dry.
If you plan to build different racks for different storage needs, replace the stencils with your own designs -- think gardening, tool, or sports themes to help remind you what equipment goes where.
Prime the outside faces and all edges of the front frame and back frame parts. Then apply two coats of paint. We used Valspar semigloss exterior latex in Twilight Jungle (#3007-9A).
Place the front frame face down on a flat surface and center the perforated hardboard panel (A) inset about 3/4-in from the frame sides and bottom. Measure the height of the front frame and cut the back frame stiles (E) that length. Place the stiles on the hardboard with the outside edges and ends flush with the front frame. Drill and drive 1-1/4-in deck screws through the back stiles and hardboard into the front frame. Measure the distance between the stiles and cut the bottom rail (F) and top rail (G) to fit between the stiles. Drill and screw the rails in place. Paint any exposed areas along the edges as needed, especially the edges of the perforated hardboard and cut ends of the back frame.
To add moveable shelves to your rack, cut 1-in x 4-in board to the lengths you need. Mount 4-in double-arm hooks with caps (#267956) along the same row of holes and rest the board on the hooks.