60-minute tall cabinet

If you have basic DIY skills and a few hand tools, you can save time and a wad of cash by purchasing ready-to- assemble cabinets for your garage.

  • Assemble and save

    When your garage makeover budget requires you to do some of your own assembly, you'll find that great directions, properly labeled parts, and complete hardware are a godsend. This cabinet clicked on all three key elements.

    Case in point: All the nuts and bolts were clearly identified and shrink-wrapped to a cardboard card. "This went together way faster than we expected," according to Zac, the homeowner. "All the big parts were clearly marked with their letter and which direction was up.

    "We figured we'd be messing around with the hinge alignment—the last step—for the rest of the afternoon. But we were wrapped up before my two-year-old finished her nap."

    And the savings over a similar-sized Gladiator cabinet in the Premier series? About $130, or 37 percent—serious money.

  • Connect the side and top

    1. After laying out the cabinet parts in order, Zac begins the assembly by bolting together a side panel and the top.

  • Instructions do come in handy

    2. While referring to the 6-page assembly-instruction book, he next assembles the two side panels and the top. Then, the bottom.

  • Add the back panels

    3. Zac loosely attaches the five back panels, each of which comes stamped with the appropriate part designation.

  • Tighten the screws

    4. After installing all five back panels, Zac tightens all the screws, starting with the sides.

  • Add the levelers

    5. After placing the cabinet on its side, he threads the four leveling legs into the rivet nuts.

  • Stand it up

    6. With a helper, Zac stands the cabinet upright. Leveling the cabinet at this step wasn't a concern. (Level the cabinet after Step 9.)

  • Locate the shelves

    7. After placing the center shelf, Zac determines where he wants to place the two additional shelves.

  • A cardboard spacer

    8. To establish clearance for smooth door operation, Zac taped a strip of cardboard to the base of the cabinet.

  • Add the doors

    9. Zac slides a cabinet-door hinge over the top screw, and tightens the screws after checking the hinge action.

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