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Work/Play Station


Tom Bury
Tom Bury
Tom Bury
Tom Bury

Work hard and play harder with this Work/Play station! One side is a convenient slate system for tool storage while the other side is all about the play; set up your tablet, laptop, or phone and get plans on your TV screen! Download the plans and start turning your space into your own Dream Workshop.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Start by cutting two full sheets of 3/4” finish grade plywood down to 48”x 84”. Next, cut four pieces 16-1/2” x 84” from 3/4” finish grade plywood. Fasten each of the side panels to the face of the 48”x 84” boards by screwing from the back of large panels into the end grain of the side panels. Slide the two assembled pieces together and fasten together by driving screws through side panels.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut the top piece 17-1/4”x 96” and attach to the top making sure the back of the top is flush with the back of the cabinet.

    3. Step: 3

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      Measure the width inside the side panels and cut two 2x4 piece to fit. Using 3-1/2” construction screws, secure 2x4s between side panels by screwing through the top. Make sure to keep them flush to the front of the side panels.

    4. Step: 4

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      From a 2x6, cut a board 96” long. Securely attach to the top of the cabinet by driving screws through the face of the board into the 2x4s installed in Step 3.

    5. Step: 5

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      Using 1x2 boards, measure and cut cleats for the desired number of shelves you would like to add to the cabinet. Secure to sides with 1-1/4” screws. We made sure the left side shelf was at least 24” above the floor to accommodate the RYOBI Nation Job Buddy. On the right side, we made the shelf at least 20” above the floor to accommodate 5-gallon buckets.

    6. Step: 6

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      Using the inside measurements of the cabinet, cut and install shelves so the front of the shelves are flush with the front of the cabinet. Secure with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top of each shelf into the support cleats.

    7. Step: 7

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      Using 1x2 boards, cut trim to cover all the exposed edges of plywood on the face of the cabinet. Install using wood glue and brad nails.

    8. Step: 8

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      To construct the door, start by trimming out the frame like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set to 45 degrees, cut two boards 78” long and two boards 30” long.

    9. Step: 9

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      Lay out each side of the door like a picture frame. Drill pilot holes through the sides of the frame. Apply glue to miter cuts and fasten the frame together using 3-1/2” screws.

    10. Step: 10

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      Lay the cut sheet of plywood on the back of the door frame so that 1/4” of the frame is exposed on each side. Fasten together using wood glue and 1-1/4” screws.

    11. Step: 11

      Following the manufacturer’s installation instructions, attach door rail to top 2”x6” board.

Comments (6)


  • My Hubby's dream. Gaming and space for his tools...awesome! But I already told you that on IG!

    By MommasAryobiToolJunkie, on February 7, 2018

  • Awesome project! I'd love to redo my garage with all these ideas.

    By grimreaper, on February 27, 2018

  • What is the wall paint color?

    By mahlesalvage, on March 1, 2018

  • What is the wall color you used

    By mahlesalvage, on March 8, 2018

  • My garage is finished so I do not have the height needed to do this. I would need to make it no higher than 7 foot to allow for the barn door hardware, would I just change the dimensions from 8 foot to 7? Or 84 X 24 x 84? Thanks

    By steve57, on March 10, 2018
    • Sorry for the late reply. I would buy the barn door hardware first then mock it up to see the clearence you want. You may need to leave some room to get the door on and off the track. Good luck!

      By Tom Bury, on April 5, 2018

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Work/Play Station

by Tom Bury
Jan 02, 2018
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Work hard and play harder with this Work/Play station! One side is a convenient slate system for tool storage while the other side is all about the play; set up your tablet, laptop, or phone and get plans on your TV screen! Download the plans and start turning your space into your own Dream Workshop.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge def584f1 f851 44db 8e3b 65b5ed9c664a

    Start by cutting two full sheets of 3/4” finish grade plywood down to 48”x 84”. Next, cut four pieces 16-1/2” x 84” from 3/4” finish grade plywood. Fasten each of the side panels to the face of the 48”x 84” boards by screwing from the back of large panels into the end grain of the side panels. Slide the two assembled pieces together and fasten together by driving screws through side panels.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge f916f1b6 9db5 479d a7e2 4495c987da7f

    Cut the top piece 17-1/4”x 96” and attach to the top making sure the back of the top is flush with the back of the cabinet.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 841e017b 0489 419a 880f cffc1f3c9244

    Measure the width inside the side panels and cut two 2x4 piece to fit. Using 3-1/2” construction screws, secure 2x4s between side panels by screwing through the top. Make sure to keep them flush to the front of the side panels.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 5654b2c8 e99e 4d75 bd4c ad33d00ca347

    From a 2x6, cut a board 96” long. Securely attach to the top of the cabinet by driving screws through the face of the board into the 2x4s installed in Step 3.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 19b144d8 9ba4 44b0 af46 1cf6174afbc7

    Using 1x2 boards, measure and cut cleats for the desired number of shelves you would like to add to the cabinet. Secure to sides with 1-1/4” screws. We made sure the left side shelf was at least 24” above the floor to accommodate the RYOBI Nation Job Buddy. On the right side, we made the shelf at least 20” above the floor to accommodate 5-gallon buckets.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge f58279da 136f 47f3 a4e7 b1f8b48d4081

    Using the inside measurements of the cabinet, cut and install shelves so the front of the shelves are flush with the front of the cabinet. Secure with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top of each shelf into the support cleats.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 00ec0e6e 1656 4c94 b173 79e01d9f6c07

    Using 1x2 boards, cut trim to cover all the exposed edges of plywood on the face of the cabinet. Install using wood glue and brad nails.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge e51a7761 45f4 4dac 9025 86b1a34a9eb2

    To construct the door, start by trimming out the frame like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set to 45 degrees, cut two boards 78” long and two boards 30” long.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 15e463de c79f 407b 97c3 811d625393c6

    Lay out each side of the door like a picture frame. Drill pilot holes through the sides of the frame. Apply glue to miter cuts and fasten the frame together using 3-1/2” screws.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 9f6bf2c5 a0b5 467f 8347 f0f9432904b1

    Lay the cut sheet of plywood on the back of the door frame so that 1/4” of the frame is exposed on each side. Fasten together using wood glue and 1-1/4” screws.

  11. Step: 11

    Following the manufacturer’s installation instructions, attach door rail to top 2”x6” board.