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Blog series by Blake updated 144 days ago 6 parts 10094 reads 58 comments total

Part 1: "I Bought a Garage!"

535 days ago by Blake | 18 comments »

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. attac...

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Part 2: Gears Slowly Turning

258 days ago by Blake | 9 comments »

The… gears… are… turning… slowly… Well we got the place, but that’s old news now. Its no surprise that the garage became the last priority. I moved enough of my basic tools to the new house to give it a complete face-lift, inside and out. I did a lot of interior remodeling (trim, cabinets, paint, electrical, plumbing, added closets, changed out every fixture in the house, new floors, windows, bathroom remodel, etc) and completely re-landscaped / hards...

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Part 3: "Before" Photos

216 days ago by Blake | 7 comments »

As promised here are some “before” photos of my messy garage. Notice the open ceiling joists with hundreds of nails sticking out… this is because I have already ripped the crappy sheetrock down to start work on it. Here it is a little less messy: And here is the “before” photo of the loft space above the garage. This is the reason that the shop project is so slow to get off the ground… there is a TON of storage potential up there and I ...

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Part 4: Sketchup Plans

208 days ago by Blake | 8 comments »

First of all, I’ve made some more progress on the attic “loft” space above the garage. You might remember this “before” photo: Here it is now… It is about halfway finished: And I’ve already started moving storage up into this valuable space… woo hoo! ———— So it turns out I’ve been a very nice boy this year and Santa put a little something in my stocking: ———— Wel...

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Part 5: Attic is Done

171 days ago by Blake | 8 comments »

Just a quick update… The attic storage space is pretty much finished, and it only took about a year to thin out and organize everything up there. And of corse the whole point of spending so much time on the attic space is to get all that stuff off my garage floor. So I was finally able to clean and organize below. Next projects: electrical, lighting and then new sheetrock on the ceiling and walls, and finally a new floor!

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Part 6: Pimp My Table Saw (EYE Candy)

144 days ago by Blake | 8 comments »

Not much progress on the actual garage lately… I’m waiting for someone to help me put the electrical together. Its a little over my head, since I need to reroute entire circuits, add 220, etc. So instead I’ve been working on my table saw. Here’s where it started, with a used DeWalt 746 hybrid table saw. Honestly I’ve never given Hybrids much thought. I had always drooled over the new Unisaw and Sawstop. But I came across this little gem and love it! Its pow...

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