Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #1: "I Bought a Garage!"

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Blog entry by Blake posted 02-03-2013 07:27 AM 3473 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I bought a garage!

...And as a bonus there is even a house attached for my family to live in. Isn’t that convenient?!

So here is the first post in a series where I will show the transformation from humble garage to bad ass shop.

I haven’t even gotten a chance to take photos yet but here are the specks:

  • Lets call it a “generous” one-car garage
  • 13.5’ X 21.5’
  • Slightnly smaller than my current shop but a lot closer to home (i.e. attached to it)
  • Unfortunate co-existers include: washer & dryer, water heater, water softener.

Sooooo… I’m gonna have to be really efficient with my space.

We are still in escrow so wish us luck!

By the way, here is my CURRENT SHOP.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 02-03-2013 07:40 AM

time for a kitchen refurb, with built in under bench washer dryer

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 07:46 AM

Happy for you Blake. Congrats.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 08:47 AM


hahah laughing at the “attached house” for the family… Yes, very convenient.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 09:21 AM

I am looking forward to following your garage transformation. You are very talented and I am sure you will make the best of the small space. Good luck Blake

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 12:16 PM

Slightly smaller than my current shop but a lot closer to home (i.e. attached to it)

Seems like a reasonable tradeoff Blake. Best wishes in the new space and enjoy the journey…the destination will take care of itself.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 12:35 PM

We’re supposed to get bigger, not downsize. Did your wife have anything to do with this?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 01:05 PM

Congrats on the new house Blake. Being that I had lived in your area for a number of years I know that lots and properties are small, is there an option to possibly expand to the rear or one side of the garage?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#8 posted 02-03-2013 01:27 PM

That is awesome Blake! Congratulations.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#9 posted 02-03-2013 01:33 PM

Blake, I’ll help you make room… Send me those 1 1/4” vise rods from the back wall, and that 10” backsaw from your bench area. With all that room cleared up, shouldn’t have any problems squeazing into the new space. :-)

Congrats to you!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 02-03-2013 01:46 PM

What a wonderful transition in life.
Proud of you dude.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 02-03-2013 02:19 PM

Sounds good Blake. Glad you can work at home now. Am I correct that you converted a little coop or barn into a shop with a friends help some years ago? I seem to remember a humorous post about that experience.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 02-03-2013 02:31 PM

oh happy day..i hope all goes well and you get this new shop and a home, i always love the work you do blake, ive always loved the music stand you made for your dad, out of that special cool is that…well well ad you to our prayers that your escrow goes through…let us know …grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 02-03-2013 02:45 PM

Proud for you Blake! Congrats my friend…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 02-03-2013 02:58 PM

Blake Congratulation on your transformation and transition. May you be blessed during the final closing on your new home and your home away from home.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 02-03-2013 03:47 PM

Congratulations. Blake. I hope that all goes well with your new shop and home.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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