Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 1, 2010
Photos By: Courtesy of Manufacturers

Dream Garage
Remember flipping through toy catalogs when you were a kid? Well, you can relive that feeling as an adult by browsing the Craftsman Power and Hand Tools catalog, where you can find all types of storage cabinets, tool chests, workbenches, and even flooring for your garage. At the center of the photo below is an 8-foot workbench with an overhead backwall system and wall cabinet. At the left is Craftsman's Professional Floor Cabinet, available with shelves or with locker-style storage. The 28x36 Professional Five-Drawer Mobile Cabinet on the right comes with ball-bearing drawer slides and a reversible two-in-one work surface. The flooring is available as 12x12-inch slip- and solvent-resistance tiles.
You can find some of the items at your local Sears store, while some are available only through the catalog or at www.sears.com/shoptools.

Ceiling Storage
Ever notice all that wasted space above your open garage door? Now you can take advantage of it with HyLoft's new Super Pro line of ceiling storage units. Different from HyLoft's popular 45x45 units that are available at Home Depot and Lowes, the Super Pro series represents the largest units in the line, available in 8x4-foot, 4x4-foot, and 8x2-foot models. Each adjusts in height from 24 to 44 inches. The patented technology of the Super Pro's Floating Rail system allows for installation in any garage configuration. Accessories include add-on racks and hooks for storing ladders, long-handled tools, bikes, and sporting goods.
Go to www.hyloft.com for more info.

Non-Slip Mat
The non-slip workbench mat from the Busted Knuckle Garage provides a convenient spot for working on smaller parts. Measuring approximately 24x16 inches, the chemically resistant surface contains liquid spills with a notched lip for easy pour-off, and it features five molded pockets for keeping screws and other small pieces separated. A conversion chart and angle guide is also part of the material.
Find out more at www.bustedknucklegarage.com or call 888/708-0897.

Jack Rack
Finding a place to store the floor jack is always a dilemma. Stuffing it under the workbench takes up floor space, and it's too large to store in the bottom drawer of your tool chest. Now T&J Manufacturing offers a solution with the Jack Rack, a storage alternative for aluminum and aluminum/steel floor jacks. The Jack Rack mounts to the wall, and the jack is placed in the cradle for out-of-the-way storage. A tapered hook is supplied for storing the jack handle. Manufactured in the U.S., the Jack Rack features a powdercoated finish for long life and mounting holes that are 16 inches on center for easy wall mounting.
Contact: T&J Manufacturing, 2170 Sunnydale Blvd., Ste. V, Clearwater, FL 33765; 727/462-9968; www.thejackrack.net.

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Neat and Tidy
As much as we'd all like to dedicate our garages to our Mustangs, a fact of life for most of us dictates that the garage space must be shared for a variety of other duties, including the kids' bicycles, golf clubs, and extra storage for the wife's overflow of shoes. Gladiator GarageWorks offers a number of solutions for your garage's double-duty, including a bicycle mounting device called the Claw, a Golf Caddy for storing the clubs and cleats, and a Ball Caddy for the kids' basketballs and footballs. Other available products include storage options for gardening tools, a GearLoft system for storing large items on unused upper wall spaces, and a Storage Bin Holder with adjustable brackets.
Many of GarageWorks' products are available at Sears, Lowes, and local garage dealers, or visit www.gladiatorgw.com.

High-Tech Chests
Craftsman's new line of AXS tool chests feature modern updates including a multi-functional message center with day, date, time, temperature, and alarm functions; a one-key learning lock system; work lights; slide-out work surfaces; and a 12-volt power outlet for charging cell phones and other devices. The AXS chests are available in 12-, 7-, and 6-drawer configurations in Black Pearl, Midnight Blue, Titanium Metallic, and Racer Red colors.

Tire Rack
Fewer things are more difficult to store than tires. No matter if you stack them or line them up side-by-side, they simply take up too much space. Thanks to HyLoft, you can now mount your spare tires on the garage wall with the new Tire Rack, which uses HyLoft's new Master Rail technology to attach to wall studs on finished or unfinished walls. The telescoping chrome support bars adjust in width and depth to accommodate different size tires.
Visit www.hyloft.com for more information.

Work Station
If you're facing a situation where you need a workbench and storage space, check out Moduline's Workstation, a seven-drawer tool chest and countertop. Better yet, Moduline can help you increase your work space and efficiency with an add-on wall panel, overhead cabinets, a trash bin, and a file cabinet. Electrical outlets are also available for the ultimate in convenience.
Visit www.modulinecabinets.com or call 888/343-4463.

Taking it easy
When it's time to relax, Craftsman offers a folding chair with a unique iPod pouch and armrest speakers. Available in black or red, the chairs are made from fade- and water-resistant polyester with powdercoated aluminum legs. Mesh cup holders and a storage bag are also provided.
It's available only from the Craftsman Power and Hand Tools catalog or online at www.sears.com/shoptools.

High Storage
The HyLoft ceiling storage racks are great for stashing away seldom used items, such as holiday decorations, luggage, and coolers, to get them out from under your workbench. Adjustable in widths from 19 to 30 inches and in height from 14 to 23 inches, the rack can be used with or without a platform (not included). Ladders, skis, and long-handled tools can be stored in the racks without a platform. Another unit can be added underneath to create a second tier.
For more information, visit www.hyloft.com or call 866/249-5638.

Bamboo Top
Craftsman has harnessed one of nature's strongest, most renewable materials to create a tough and great-looking work surface for its eight-drawer, 8-foot work bench. In addition to the bamboo top, the bench features ball-bearing drawer slides, pegboard pierced sides, and an open center for additional storage. Weighing in at 247 pounds, it's a tough work bench for the home garage.