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:
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.
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!
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