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Shop Improvements #1: Garage Partition

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Blog entry by Cathie Zimmerman posted 03-29-2016 08:28 AM 1249 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a two car garage. I need to get the measurements but basically one half belongs to my boat, camping gear, fishing gear and a few storage racks for miscellaneous gear. For now my shop is in the other half plus a little 4’x6’ that the previous owner remodeled to take away from the room we call the office and reappropriate the space to the garage. It’s a cool lil space for a Kobalt tool bench and some floor cabinets on wheels that houses all kinds of paint for now. Anyway… I noticed that even with my shop vac (Ridgid 16 gal wet/dry vac w/blower) going, there’s still dust that flies from the machines. I haven’t converted a bucket yet to put in line with it to catch the big stuff for efficiency yet but it’s on the list.

My concern:

Fine saw dust particles floating in the air and settling on my boat. I take care of that thing immaculately. It’s a 2010 but still looks brand new. (It’s a lil Triton 17.5 foot bass boat, single console. It’s so much fun and I can handle loading/unloading it myself.) Last time we went fishing I saw the saw dust flying everywhere while we zipped across the water. I don’t want me or my guests breathing second hand saw dust! Lol

My idea:

I want to partition the garage right down the middle with something that would act as a filter kinda… Air could still circulate through the garage but not a whole lot of saw dust could. It doesn’t have to be sealable but something I can throw a zipper on it for easy back and forth between sections should the need arise. If it needs to be rolled up and out of the way and secured to the ceiling, that’s cool too.

Thoughts and where YOU come in:

I immediately thought about canvas. I can throw a zipper in it, it will last for a while until I decide if I’ll build a second enclosure in the back yard for the boat and install an RV gate. What are anyone’s thoughts?

Are there any other suggestions? I want to stay away from building any walls or anything. As is I give my wife a heart attack every time I back the boat in. She sees “omg you are an inch away from the wall.” I see it as “I still have 3/4 of an inch to go!” Haha! So, for her sake… I won’t put up walls or board.

Has any one else done this? I searched forums and didn’t see much that could help…



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jlb

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 07:29 AM

Hi Cathie; Welcome to lumberjocks! Thank you for your service for our country. You’re in the right place for woodworking. So far everyone here is friendly and very helpful. As to your problem, I would go to the nearest Costco and purchase their 2 tarp package. Next, go to home Depot or similar big box store and purchase emt thinwall tubing and connectors. Suspend the tubing from the ceiling with plumbers tape (the medal tape with the holes). Attach the tarp to emt tubing with wire or curtain rings. You will want to use curtain rings at either end to open and close the tarp as a door. Just an idea. As to your dust problem, if you go to Harbor freight online search for portable dust collector (item #31810) 139.99 on sale right now. You can find hoses and adapters at rockler.com I hope this info is useful. If you have any questions please let me know.
Kind regards, Jim Benson (jlb)

-- Jim, Ca, jimlbenson@comcast.net

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Cathie Zimmerman

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 07:06 PM

Thanks for your help Jim! Fantastic ideas. I cleaned out some space and sold a few things I don’t use anymore and made some extra cash. Now I know exactly what I’ll be spending it on. Thanks again!!

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 07:07 PM

And, thank you for your kind words. It was truly an honor to serve. I loved every minute of it and would do it again if I were physically capable.

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 04:28 PM

If you are anything like me, you will soon be looking for a new place to store your boat and gear as woodworking takes over your garage. Have fun!

-- always learning

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#5 posted 04-25-2016 12:12 AM

Hi Deb! That’s funny… My wife said the other day “I’m suprised you haven’t talked about moving the boat out of here.” Little does she know I was looking into building a storage space in the back! Lol. That extra space would really be awesome. I don’t really thing my little shop would end up with so many awesome tools already! Next up… Planer and a jointer!!

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#6 posted 06-16-2016 12:40 AM

oh!! I just got a planer for my birthday and I am SO happy

-- always learning

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#7 posted 06-24-2016 05:48 AM

Congrats Deb!!! Thats awesome!!!!! :) :) :)

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