Derek's Shop #1: Getting started and looking ahead.

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 08-20-2008 06:44 PM 945 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t posted a workshop tour yet not because I am new to LJ, but because I don’t really have much of a shop at present… We have a detached two car garage with an ‘amazing’ (and mostly useless) collection of jerry built ‘shelving’ and ‘workbenches’ courtesy of the previous owner of the house. Over the next week and a half that will change radically with the old crap being ripped out and getting started on the new…

So lets take a brief tour of what is there and what is planned shall we?

What is there:

Starting on the West wall, we find the garage door. There really isn’t much to be done there.

On the North wall there is two 20 amp outlets and the door to the storage room. In the future power tools will go along this wall. The only shop related activity in the storage room will be a cabinet for things which Should Not Freeze because the storage room is heated and the garage isn’t. I hope someday to finish sheetrocking the garage proper, but that isn’t in the budget at the moment.

The East wall contains the aforementioned ‘amazing’ collection – which is in the process of demolition. More on that below…

The South wall contains shelving built by my father-in-law and myself and will be dedicated to ‘garage’ storage, most of which is currently actually ‘garden’ storage. One of my first projects will be to rip out the utterly crappy interior of the garden shed and replace it with proper shelving and a potting bench. A goodly chunk of stuff can then be moved from the garage to the shed.

The Next Step:

As I write the process of getting the garage ready is well underway. Several loads have gone to the dump or Goodwill, and more has been listed on Craig’s List. The ‘amazing’ collection is in the process of demolition. Labor Day weekend several friends are coming over and we are building the base of the whole tree – my basic garage workbench. This workbench will then be used to build my woodworking workbench from which will proceed the rest of the shop.

Future Plans:

One of the basic tenets of shop design agreed on by my Lady Wife and myself is that the garage should be able to house her car during the winter. (Because our main parking is away from the gargage on the West side of the house and thus frost remains on the car windows until the late afternoon, if it ever melts at all.) Thus my general plan is that the workshop will be on wheels – allowing me to expand it during the summer months, partially collapse it during the winter, and to entirely compact it if ever I need to put both cars in the garage.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 08-20-2008 09:28 PM

Best of luck. I know you will be happier when you get your shop up and running. Search the blogs here for some really neat mobile shop cabinet/tool stand ideas.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 07:26 PM

Derek, Sounds like you have a good plan there. Good Luck with the weekend project, I am still in the process of working through my garage and correcting some of the things left behind. Had to make some corrections in the basement as well where my actual workshop is so I know the feeling.
Look forward to seeing the shop progress and other projects.

BTW.. Welcome to LumberJocks.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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