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Nov 2, 2013
After some renovation, I've framed in a gear closet.
As I'm basically organizationally challenged, I'd like to get some ideas from others out there who have a neat and organized gear closet.
Post up some pics and lets see your ideas, thanks.
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Nov 2, 2013
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I'm sure there's more.
Ryan Nevius
From Estes Park, Colorado
Joined Dec 29, 2010
991 points
Nov 4, 2013
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Ryan Nevius wrote:
I'm sure there's more.

Yeah, but none of them have pictures of what I just finished. Turned a room overflowing with gear into a closet neatly packed with gear. This system is made entirely of cheap 8-foot 1X4 and 2X2 pine boards from Lowes. I was thinking forever about the best way to do this, having zero woodworking skills, and it was an epiphany when i realized that since I was going to store everything in containers, I didn't need to have solid shelf bottoms.

The dimensions were based on the cheapest ($5) plastic tubs of a reasonable size you could get at Home Depot. Here's some pictures:

Rock Climbing Photo: Gear closet 1
Gear closet 1

Rock Climbing Photo: gear closet 2
gear closet 2

Rock Climbing Photo: gear closet 3
gear closet 3

Rock Climbing Photo: gear closet 4
gear closet 4

Basically just did some math, made the cuts, then routed a bullnose on all sides of all boards, a few coats of polyurethane, and screwed it together. Best part it, it's only attached to the side walls, which works well with the floating hardwood. But it's still all supported by the "skis" on the floor.
Chris D
From the couch
Joined Apr 14, 2009
2,398 points
Nov 13, 2013
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Rock Climbing Photo: Not fancy (or extremely organized) but it does the...
Not fancy (or extremely organized) but it does the trick.

For a 21 year old college student, I'm pretty proud of this. I'm not saying it's super organized, but maybe it will spark some creative genius in you.
Michael McGuinn
From Binghamton, NY
Joined Jul 5, 2012
17 points
Nov 14, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: CoR
I like the metal racks, especially on wheels. That way depending on the space size you can put them back to back. Of course you can put wheels on a wood framed rack that you make. A few of the problems I have with fixed wood shelves are height adjustability and digging around for things if the shelf is too deep. rging
From Salt Lake City, Ut
Joined Jul 18, 2011
201 points
Nov 17, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: On the North America Wall in 1977.
Chris D, nicely done! Mark Hudon
From Lives on the road
Joined Jul 27, 2009
333 points
Nov 17, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Whitney April
Nice Chris! Do you have a good routing table or just commando it? Sdm1568
From Ca
Joined Aug 7, 2012
176 points
Nov 18, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Sign near the Third Flatiron
Thanks guys.

I have a handheld router, but man, a routing table would have made life a whole lot easier (and safer). Routing the 2X2's was especially tedious. I've heard that you can rig a handheld router up to make an improvised table, but I need to do more homework.

Rounding all the edges of all those boards was pretty mind-numbing. Within reason, a couple of shots of good whiskey can go a long way toward making it more bearable. The time spent rounding and sanding is well worth it, IMO. I gotta look at it every day, may as well make it look like i tried.
Chris D
From the couch
Joined Apr 14, 2009
2,398 points
Nov 18, 2013
I just put the stuff I'm using most frequently in the most convenient location (at the front of a waist height shelf), then fill in everything else around it. I'll move things around every season or so as the equipment use changes.

But to be honest, the most frequently used things don't even usually make it to the shelf. If my rope makes it back to the shelf, I'm probably not climbing enough.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points
Nov 19, 2013
I want a standalone gear closet. Well, I want gear to put in that closet, too. Chris has a sick closest. Nice job! Matt R
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