Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #9: DONE!

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-05-2015 05:46 AM 2446 reads 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pretty much done.

Obviously there is a long list of finishing touches that I will be working on throughout the winter. But after about 3 years its finally a woodshop. And an art studio. And a ton of storage. And a built-in laundry. And remember that I was able to fit this all into a one car garage.

One of my goals, other than to have a kick ass work space, was to show what was possible in a one car garage. I wanted to be a bit of an inspiration to other woodworkers who don’t have much space. I’m going to work on fine-tuning it for the next year or so and then I’d like to submit it to Wood Magazine or some other publication.

I also wanted this to be a multi-use creative space for the whole family. My wife needed a space for her art, and we have two young boys (1 & 3) who are already beginning to appreciate it… our 3 year old loves to “play tools like Daddy.”

Ok, picture time:

The “before” photo: ...Typical dark, dysfunctional garage filled with crap:

And now…

Looking East:

Looking West:

Looking North: Most of the tools on this side are on mobile bases so I can easily move them away from the wall or even outside if necessary.

Looking South at the mite saw bench: I built-in my tool chest because its a much more efficient use of space than having it on rollers with space all around it. The open space below is currently home for my air compressor and shop vac. I will eventually build a lean-to on the outside of the garage and add a dust collector.

Close up of the fence/positioning system for the miter saw: Its an Incra system that gives me repeatable accuracy up to 1/64”.

Bench Area: My bench is also on a mobile base so I can move it away from the wall.

Japanese hand tools:

Tool Cabinet: This cabinet is not done yet. It needs glass panel doors and a few custom tool holders inside to maximize space. It holds my western hand tools.

Table Saw & Router Table combo with Incra Positioner: The table saw is on castors so I can move it away from the wall or even outside.

Flip Tool Cart: 13” planer and oscillating spindle sander combo. Not my design, several others can be found on LJ or google. Like everything else its on castors to easily move.

West end (art studio). The laundry is on the left, covered with curtains (for now). That little wood door encloses the water heater. We covered the door to the garage with paint chips, which adds some color and makes it look like a painter’s studio. Also the backsplash for the art counter was salvaged from the paint department sign from Home Depot. It is a bunch of paint sticks dipped in different colors of paint. I got it as a 4’x8’ sheet (the paint sticks were glued to a sheet of plywood) and I cut it into strips for the backsplash.

Art Studio:

Laundry Room:

Bikes: The bikes are on a really cool pulley system I got on Amazon. They come down like a mini blind with one pull of the string. You can also see the hatch door for the drop ladder. There is a ton of storage up there, you can even stand up. Also there is open storage above the laundry area (to the right in this photo). Right now it is filled with crap for a yard sale but it will become lumber storage. I have a shed in the back yard for more lumber storage.

By the way, I’ve started an Instagram account for my woodshed if you feel like following me there. Im @theweberwoodshop

I’ve updated the photos on my WORKSHOP page as well. Thanks for looking!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-05-2015 10:17 AM

Very nice setup, wish I was this organized.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 10:25 AM

Amazing transformation. A wonderful work space for both you and your wife.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 11:04 AM

Very impressive! Need to get to work on my shop.

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#4 posted 11-05-2015 11:32 AM


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 11-05-2015 12:22 PM

Hey Blake, that is one really nice transformation. I mean really nice.

Congrats on the second boy. Amazing that you were able to get this done with toddlers afoot.

Nice to hear from you again. It will be great to see some of the projects that come out of such a wonderful place.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-05-2015 12:51 PM

Awesomely done Blake. You’re gonna luv it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-05-2015 02:16 PM

Looks really nice.

What did you put on the floor? I’m looking for a low profile floor covering for my shop that is more comfortable on the feet and tools when they drop yet stiff enough to move tools on casters over them when needed. I was going to do the Dricore panels but that would require cutting the bottom of the door to the outside off a bit.

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#8 posted 11-05-2015 02:32 PM

Great job Blake. It’s been a while.
Can’t wait to see some more of your fine work now that the shop is done.
I admire your patience.

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

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#9 posted 11-05-2015 04:00 PM

Blake: great use of your limited space.

-- 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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#10 posted 11-05-2015 04:15 PM

Excellent work and well thought out!!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 11-06-2015 06:36 PM

Nice. Very Nice. I wish that I had a dedicated space like yours. My shop is a two car garage which has two cars parked in it!

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#12 posted 11-06-2015 11:50 PM

You’ve succeeded in one of your objectives and that is to give some encouragement to another woodworker. AKA me. I’ve been converting our two car garage into a 1 car garage with the other half a woodshop/art studio for my daughter. Just started in August really and have been kinda bummed that it isn’t progressing. Hearing it took you 3 years is a reminder to me to be patient and just keep at it.

Great looking space. Thanks for sharing

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#13 posted 11-07-2015 11:59 AM

Amazing! Impressive change. Beautiful workshop.

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#14 posted 11-08-2015 06:43 AM

Well thought out, nice job, looks very functional

-- Norman

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#15 posted 11-08-2015 08:19 PM

Blake, you have a beautiful shop and it’s turned into a wonderful makeover. Congratulations.

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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