Storing Your Compact Compressor
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IntroductionStore your nail guns, fasteners, hoses and accessories as well as a small compressor in this easy-to-build cabinet. Build it from one sheet of plywood and a few 1x2s.
- Belt sander
- Circular saw
- Countersink drill bit
- Drill bit set
- Drill/driver - cordless
- Finish nail gun
- Framing square
- Hearing protection
- Miter saw
- Safety glasses
- Stud finder
- Table saw
- Tape measure
- Scrap carpet or pad
- See Materials List in "Additional Information"
- Wood glue
You can get your nail guns, fasteners, hose and accessories off your workbench and out of your way by building this wall-mounted compressor station.
This easy project requires just one sheet of 3/4-in. plywood; about 8 ft. of 1×2 lumber; and only standard carpentry tools, plus a circular saw and a jigsaw. We used a table saw for most of the plywood cuts, and a miter saw for the trim, but a circular saw and straightedge will give good results too. You can also use a track saw for cutting the plywood. (See Benefits of a Track Saw for more information.)
We spent about $75 for birch plywood and birch 1×2 for this station, but you can cut the cost in half by using less expensive wood. Plan to spend about six to eight hours on this project.
Project step-by-step (5)
Cut the Parts
- Cut the angled sides using a straightedge to guide your saw.
- Cut the rectangular pieces with a table saw or a circular saw and straightedge.
Jigsaw the Curved Parts
- Trace around one half of a paint can and one half of a 5-gallon bucket to mark the pieces.
- Saw out the hose holder parts with a jigsaw.
- Glue and screw the half circles together to make the hose holder.
- After the glue dries, use a belt sander to smooth the edges, then glue the half round block to the larger half circle.
Assemble the Dividers and Shelves
- Mark the centerline of the shelves (E, F and G) on the sides, and the centerline of the dividers (D) on the top (C) and upper shelf (E).
- Drill holes and countersinks for screws on the centerline of all shelves and dividers.
- Space screws about 1-1/2 in. from plywood ends and about 8 in. apart.
- Note: Position the dividers with temporary spacers. This eliminates the need for measuring and marking and makes alignment much easier.
- Use the same spacers again when you install the shelf below the dividers.
- Drive 1-5/8-in. screws through the sides into the back and attaching the shelf and hose holder with screws.
- Screw the top to the sides and back and add the dividers.
- We made the first space 6 in. wide and the three remaining spaces 4-3/4 in. wide to fit our nail guns.
- Screw the wide shelf (E) to the dividers and then screw through the sides into the three shelves (E, F and G).
Add the 1×2 Shelf Edge and Finish Up
- Wrap the top of the station with a sturdy lip to prevent the compressor from “walking” off.
- Align the 1x2s with the plywood so they protrude 3/4 in. above the top and shelf to create a lip.
- Pro tip: Use both glue and nails for a strong connection. For a more finished appearance, we covered the raw plywood edges with 1/4-in. strips of wood, but screen molding would work fine.
- Brush two coats of clear polyurethane on the station before hanging it on the wall.
- When you mount the station, be sure to locate wall studs and attach the station firmly to them with four 1/4-in. x 3-1/2-in. lag screws and washers.
- Pro tip: To reduce noise and compressor movement, cut a rubber mat or piece of carpet to fit under the compressor.