Setting up my shop #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by CoolDavion posted 12-09-2009 05:21 AM 1445 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So currently I’m out of town on a business trip, so I thought I start this blog.

In our hour, the previous owner had made a built-in “workbench” and storage closet in the garage, made out of 1×4s 2×4s OSB and chipboard (stamped as flooring underlayment). I tried to make it work for about 5 years, but did not like it. It had pegboard on the, but that was mounted on 1×4 s so the 3 holes around the edge were useless. There was a metal work vice (mounted on the corner) that was basically in the way. It had 3 drawers, but they were very heavy, and the runners on the bottom drawer were rusted and stuck all the time. The whole thing sat on the floor, and being wood it got wet, and that is why the drawer runner rusted.

I got a bigger car and we got a second fridge in the garage. With that impetus I disassembled the built-in. Assembly was mostly screws and finish nails. I saved about 80% of the materials, pitching any thing that was moldy or ruined.

First thing I did after that was build a B.O.S.S (Big Old Storage Shelf) from some of the 1×4 s and OSB sheets. It’s not pretty but it holds a bunch of little things in the garage that we “need” to keep. It is about 4’ by 15’.

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 05:46 AM

There was a wood magazine article, issue before last one, that had a very nice set of plans for making a solid, movable, workbench out of regular 2×4 pine and plywood. It is a pretty nice setup as it has the thickness of the meatier workbenches that you see on here yet is made of most of the material you already have. And, with the wheel hardware, can be moved out when you are ready to work and placed back in a corner when you are done. If you are interest, shoot me a line and I will get you a copy.


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#2 posted 12-09-2009 05:57 AM


I’ll keep that in mind. I need to get all my stuff put a way first, I can’t seem to find anything right now.

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 07:59 AM

One thing I just finished doing in my garage was getting rid of all “shelves”. Actually, I ended up building 3 single cabinets and one double cabinet out of scrap plywood and various other pieces of lumber, and using french cleats, hung them all on the walls. I used to have two free-standing shelves that were impossible to organize. Small things would get buried or fall down behind. Odd shaped items would be unstackable, and waste space. After installing the cabinets, I was able to get rid of those shelves, and save enough floor space that nearly everything I needed to maintain my woodworking area was completely cleaned up and organized, and I still can park a car in one side. All my cabinets are 38 inches tall, 15 inches deep and about 18 inches wide. I ended up making all the shelves adjustable so no matter what I was trying to pack in there, I could adjust to fit. If I could fit more cabinets, I probably would build a few more, but as it is, I’m running short of wall space now.

Well, whatever you come up with, good luck. Getting a garage organized is definitely alot of work!


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