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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide
Claim a corner of your garage or basement to create this ultimate setup for storing, maintaining, and repairing gear.
Use 2x4s and build one side at a time, on the floor; it’ll be easier to square the joints. Assemble with screws, not nails, for better longevity.
Use plywood, not particle board, for a more durable surface. Install the bottom shelf first. Want a larger working surface? Cut the top to overhang the frame by six inches.
Secure this to the wall studs, not the workbench. Organize your gear and tools to maximize space (see our gear editor’s layout, right).
Investment: about two hours and less than 50 bucks. Return: A well-organized “gear center” means you’ll store your stuff smarter, fix it better, and be able to pack for a weekend in a matter of minutes. You’ll need some wall space: about four feet wide by approximately six feet high (the height depends on how much pegboard you want to install). Start with a basic workbench design (1), with a storage shelf underneath, like this one: hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/bench/below20.html. All parts can be found at home improvement stores. Then install a sheet of standard pegboard and customize your space as needed:* Buy a pegboard accessory kit with hooks, shelves, and bins (widely available at hardware stores; they come in a variety of sizes and cost as little as $15).