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Blog entry by Dust4brains posted 10-09-2007 08:52 AM 911 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s been a week since I signed up here. The journey you are about to undertake with me is not for the experienced woodworker, but for the absolute novice. You see, I have NO WOODSHOP!!!.......hence the kewl name Dust4brains.
However, I do have a two car garage where my wifes truck resides and this will never change. My side of the garage has relegated my truck to living on the driveway. At present the space is full of junk such as an old water heater…..had to change it out about 2 months ago when it decided to resemble the Mississippi river….and various other pieces of antique refuse (JUNK) and my prize WalMart fishing gear….The fish love it!

Over the next few weeks I will be posting photos of this miniscule space/garbage dump as my plans unfold to convert this into a superb fold away woodshop. I also plan to park my truck inside for the winter so stay tuned for some recycling, innovation and space saving ideas on a trickle feed budget. Don’t worry, safety will still be paramount!

Will it happen? Well, I know most of us out there love to talk about our Powermatics and Festool Domino’s (That’s for you Marc Spagnuolo…, but I will be going low end for tools. My table saw will be a cheap portable one when I get it. After this the budget bottoms out….but that brings a challenge and kicks in the creativity. Meanwhile I’m going to read up and learn all about wood as Marc has inspired me. Great Job Marc and Nicole! I love your podcasts.

OK, I’m off to the library to read up tomorrow on wood…...someone told me it grows on trees….yeah right, like I’ll believe that’s true!

Stay tuned folks and remember…..if you love wood, cut wood, sand wood….it really doesn’t matter how well it turns out; you’ve got Dust4brains.

-- -If you love wood, cut wood, sand really doesn't matter how it turns out; you've got Dust4brains!

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#1 posted 10-09-2007 12:09 PM

haha a wonderful blog entry :)

there are lots of space saving ideas here at the LJ shop. I’m looking forward to watching your shop develop.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-09-2007 02:33 PM

First of all, welcome aboard. I’m sure over the next few weeks you’ll get a lot of good help / suggestions / comments as we all witness your quest. Building a shop in a confined space takes a lot of patience and thought. Even us guys who are fortunate enough to have bigger spaces can sure learn more. I look forward to your photos and blog as it moves forward.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 10-09-2007 03:18 PM

Welcome. I, too, am a novice. I’ve been in the process of putting together a shop for several years but I really haven’t completed many projects. Now, it looks like i might have a little time for woodworking. I joined LJ about a month ago and have found it a constant source of inspiration. The folks here are friendly and helpful. Thisw is the first place I go when I sit down at the computer.


-- Dale, southeast Misouri

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#4 posted 10-09-2007 03:24 PM

Good luck with it. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. As a habitant of the small shop, I’m always open to new ideas.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 10-09-2007 03:40 PM

I think your beginning a good adventure. Also, you may want to check and see if there are any good used tools in your area. You may be surprised.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 10-09-2007 04:49 PM

Good luck on the conversion, and the research.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 10-09-2007 05:21 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks. This is a wonderful place to look around, and get ideas from everyone else. When I got married in 1965, i started to buy a few things i needed from garage sales. Now i have a lot fo tools. Just an idea. I then sold a few things that i didn’t need any longer, cleaned them up and sold them for a few dollars more. Some of the older tools are stronger than the new ones now. Best of all, have a good time and enjoy yourself.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#8 posted 10-09-2007 05:25 PM

Marc has some recent links that you should check out. One particularly is relevant… a guy put a very compact shop in his garage in a way he can still park 2 cars in there. It was featured on


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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