Garage Re-Do #1: A Beginning?

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Blog entry by Derby posted 06-23-2009 02:35 PM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After nearly six (6) years of part-time wood butchery and a decided lack of organized space in the garage, I’ve decided to start over. I plan on adding a dedicated sub-panel for all garage/shop circuits, i.e. 230/110VAC outlets, lighting, etc.

The next step is to remove all of the drywall and replace it with either 1/2” plywood or solid T&G planking, not sure which at this point but most likely ply (cheaper)!

I’d also like to replace the big blue cabinet with a hutch/counter and build a miter bench similar to but slightly modified from Norm A’s versions.

I’ll try to keep this updated as I progress through the building process.

-- "Lumber is just sawdust in 'solid' form!"

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 03:32 PM

I just finished the re-do of my garage. I’m looking forward to seeing how you progress. Pictures, picture, pictures! Good luck.

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 04:42 PM


Why would you take out the drywall? I have learned, not that I did it, but drywall is supposed to be better for lighting. The wood soaks it up and the drywall reflects it back. I’m just interested in your decision. I went wood because 1) I got it cheap and 2) I wanted the look. I’d also probably just nail the wood over the drywall to give an extra layer of fireproofing material.

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 08:37 PM

I’m with Elaine I would go right over the drywall for the extra fireproof and the labour and expense to remove and dispose of the drywall.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 10:43 PM


The extra fire-proofing would be nice but I need to get behind the drywall for a couple of reasons…

1. I need to find out what the previous owner (self-taught electrician?) has done. I have switches that don’t do anything and others that turn things on the other side of the house on & off!

2. I want to run circuitry from the sub-panel I mentioned and relocate the existing outlets. The four (4) 110VAC outlets I currently have are all located 36” from the floor (countertop height!) and none are GFCI protected.

3. I want to be able to look at the walls and say “This new cabinet, jig, template, etc. would really fit there.” with out worrying about finding an available stud.

I plan on priming and painting the walls a lighter color, maybe not white, but lighter.

Thanks for the input… Keep it coming!

-- "Lumber is just sawdust in 'solid' form!"

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#5 posted 06-23-2009 11:48 PM

sounds like a plan good luck

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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