|Workshop by BobAnderton||posted 10-19-2010 05:16 PM||2022 reads||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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My workshop is in a 20’ x 20’ 2 car garage that has two cars parked in it at night. As a result, the workshop has to exist in an 18-24” wide strip around the perimeter, along with bikes, lawnmower, lawn tools, etc. It’s a challenge. I’ve shown these photos with all the stuff in the “stowed” state. Most of the machine tools are on mobile bases and can be pulled out into the open space when being used. I had to downsize a lot to move into this workshop space as I used to have two garages and a barn. As a result, I ditched all my workbenches except the 2’x3’ maple job you see in the photos that my dad set me up with when I was a kid. I find I have an easier time keeping a workbench cleaned off the less of it I have to clutter up. I made the pegboard tool cabinet above it to get some of my tools out of plastic tool boxes and up where I can find them, and the open doors enable me to use the space taken up with the electrical box and the garage door opener buttons. Also visible is a little pair of alcoves where I’ve got some sheet good storage, a road bike, a tall shelf for toolboxes, and a set of shelves for finishes, paints, lubricants, solvents, etc.
I bought the Dewalt 2.25 hp router and top at a gargage sale and repurposed an old bathroom cabinet I got for free of of Craigslist to make a router table, which will suffice until I decide to build something nicer. Also in that photo is my Delta 12.5” surface planer and a Makita miter saw.
I’ve put high shelves and french cleats all along the two side walls, and in the second picture, you can see my floor drill press and a 6×48 belt/disc sander. Behind the drill press are some pipe clamp storage racks hanging on the french cleats. Also visible are some pegboard panels that I made that also hang on the cleats. They are 2×4’ and have cleats on two sides so they can be placed vertically or horizontially. In these photos you can also see a few 14” deep cabinets that I curb picked and stuck french cleats on the back of. Also visible is a melamine top that I want to repurpose into an outfeed table for the table saw, and some lumber leaning against the wall. I intend to make a set of lumber racks to hang off the frech cleats and get the lumber storage addressed here pretty soon.
In the other photo you can see a 7” jointer, a 14” bandsaw, and a contractor table saw. Behind the bandsaw there are some french cleat c-clamp storage racks and a french cleat mounted sandpaper station. I really like the french cleat system because when I move next the cleats can stay but all the cabinets and stuff just lift off and can go with me.
Thanks for taking the tour of Bob’s shop!
-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw