Building My Work Shop #1: The Plan!

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 09-17-2010 07:52 AM 8993 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The beautiful Seattle Gloom has returned early this year, so it is finally time to get my Work Shop(Garage) up and running. I am going to try and document this as I go. It will be good for me to see how far I end up from my “plan”. In my experience plans are like a guide that points me in a direction.

This first Post is actually made up of some “After” shots. When I started it was a total disaster that I couldn’t safely walk across. These pictures are after spending about 2 hours cleaning and doing enough organizing to start. Because of the lack of storage & my inability to do much bending over I have had to recruit the family once a week to help me clean up a garage that had become completely trashed. It has made it nearly impossible to get anything done. Besides not being able to find anything, I get completely paralyzed by clutter. Funny when I was younger I lived in clutter and chaos but now that I have lived in an organized clutter free home I just can’t handle it anymore. So the real end goal is to create a workshop with plenty of space and storage, with maximized mobility.

I am kind of torn as to what to do first. I need to either build my Monster Router Table or tear down the existing crap shelving that came with the house. Man I have no clue how that shelving hasn’t collapsed. Although one of the doors did fall off a few weeks ago and just barely missed my head. I guess even the ugliest joint will stay together if you put 50 or so nails in it.

Once those two tasks are complete the plan is to build the Amazing Wall O’ Cabinets. I am going to use the “One Wall Workshop” from ShopNotes issue 92 as a guide. I am going to use the Shop Utility Cabinets from Workbench, Vol. 53, No. 2.

I already have a couple pieces ready to go. I was able to buy a couple of 25” cabinets at an auction last week for $10 each. Quite a score that day as I also got a nice big Oak Library Table for 5 bucks! I also have a most of a Universal Tool Stand Built. Just need to finish up the Add Ons.

So that is the plan! Where I actually end up is anyones guess.

Inherited Shelving



-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 02:13 PM

I also have a one wall workshop which I found very useful when building small projects, However when I began to build the table that is in my projects folder I found I needed more space. I wanted an assembly table but did not have the room so I build one from a plan in workbench that was moblil. It works great In fact you can see it on my home page. Consider a good place to build the project. This is very improtant in a small shop.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 03:14 PM

Crush…, I see a lot of potential from where you are starting. You have some nice equipment and it will be interesting to watch how your shop progresses.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 07:13 AM

It reminds me of my garage 2 years ago.

I would say do not bring down those shelves yet. Cleanup some more to make room.
Maybe put move some stuff to outside shed/storage if you have any.

Once you have enough space build your router tabe. Then start on those cabinets.
I think the router table will be needed for this project.

Good luck. We certainly will befollowing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 03:38 AM

Nice Shopsmith. I’ve never used one but they look like a real nice piece of equipment.

I found out that you can turn a little corner that your wife allows you to use as a shop in HER garage into a whole garage workshop if you do it in stages. Start by calling it “the workshop” instead of the garage, then make her a nice piece of furniture that requires extra space so the car will have to be moved out for a little while. Then comment on how your workshop is capable of more nice things for her and suddenly she’s ASKING if she can park in the “workshop” and you’re saying “sorry, I can’t spare my workshop space for a car. Wish we had a garage..”

It works!

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