How To: Store Your RMEF Stuff
We give you lots of equipment to do your volunteer job, here’s what to do with it
By Ralph Cinfio, RMEF Vice President of Fundraising Services
Tips I discovered while building these:
• If you don’t have the tools, your local hardware store (like Lowes or Home Depot) will cut the wood for you. Most places will do this for free.
• My cost for the project—wood, wood screws, carriage bolts, totes and all—was under $125
• The black and yellow totes we purchased on sale at Costco for $6.99. They typically retail for about $8.99 where we live and can be found in other stores ranging from $11-$15.
• When assembling the carriage, mark the center of the end of the face of the rail and 2x4. Put the glue on your 2x4, line up the marked centers, wood clamp the two pieces together and finish with wood screws to complete the carriage.
Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to working with wood or automobiles I lack the skill set to be innovative or creative to help me solve problems. Do you like how I said that? In all honesty, given all the right tools and a good set of directions I couldn’t build a square box.
But sometimes, success is found through necessity. Over time as an RMEF volunteer it is not difficult to amass a collection of Elk Foundation materials, especially of you are on a local chapter and serving in a leadership role such as chapter chair, finance chair, merchandise chair, ticket chair or donations chair.
I built some overhead garage storage that made my family very happy and it could solve all of your RMEF storage problems, too. Making a hanging track for totes that you nail to the ceiling is an incredibly affordable way to add storage room to your garage and get those RMEF supplies out of your way until you need them, and it was a great project for me and my son to work on together.
I first saw the idea in The Family Handyman
magazine. My wife and I also found a link to it on Pinterest and we found this 11-minute YouTube video
by the Home Repair Tutor called “One of the Greatest Garage Storage Ideas.” He also referenced finding the project in The Family Handyman.