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Blog entry by Eric posted 1542 days ago 834 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and i recently moved into our new home and I have been thrilled that i finally have a space (garage) where i can do some woodworking on my own. the problem is getting rid of all the stuff that doesnt belong in there, out. one weekend i managed to get a lot of that stuff cleared out and now i need to find out how i am going to lay out the shop.

I guess i should probably build some cabinets so i can store some of my tools in them and build some mobile carts so i can roll my tools around the shop where i need them. the question is, where do i begin? my wife also has projects she wants done as well as her girlfriends. any bit of advise from someone would be great. i know i can count on all of you.

sorry i dont have any pics to share. i am still new to woodworking and to lumber jocks. as soon as i get the shop set up im sure ill get a lot more done to post

Eric

-- Eric



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Moron

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#1 posted 1542 days ago

mobile carts

mobile tools

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#2 posted 1542 days ago

if you can make sure all are almost the same hieght…............it works out better in a small shop

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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kosta

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#3 posted 1542 days ago

Yea You can build some mobile carts with drawers and shelves. you can customize each one to a tool

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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CryptKeeper

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#4 posted 1542 days ago

Hi Eric,
I am in the same place you are just setting up a new shop in my garage. I found a really useful free tool on Delta’s website for designing a shop layout. It has helped me realize what will and won’t work before I wasted a lot time and energy.

http://www.deltaportercable.com/OwnersClub/ShopDesigner.aspx

Good luck,
~Ron

-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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wichle

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#5 posted 1542 days ago

We moved from Milwaukee 2 years ago. With my wifes projects and the challenges presented by this 1937 Brick Tudor, I am just now getting my shop put back completely, Patience is a virtue! Casters are a must! My wife has suggested that everything have casters. You’ll probably roll things around periodically. Less used items can be parked out of the way. I have had various challenges like duct work taking up overhead space that required serious thought for lighting and dust collection. Doesn’t settle in like your living room.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1542 days ago

Hey Eric
This might help.

http://grizzly.com/workshopplanner.aspx

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 1541 days ago

Put all your big equipment on wheels and you might want to look at the catch table/assembly table/storage unit I built. It serves three functions in one. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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dbhost

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#8 posted 1540 days ago

Eric,

Get Google Sketchup, it comes with some pretty easy to follow tutorials, and a HUGE army of pre built models in the 3D warehouse. It will let you try your space out in 3 dimensions before you actually break a sweat…

It is also a great tool to help work out woodworking project designs…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 1540 days ago

like mentioned, Google SketchUp is a great tool, you can make a floor plan that is custom to your garage, and find many premade models of machinery, and cabinets online, and organize it in a 3D environment before ever having to actually lifting anything. also easy to reorganize, reconfigure, and eventually for planning and designing your woodworking projects.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Eric

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#10 posted 1539 days ago

thank you guys. ill be sure to get going on it as soon as i can. all of you have been a big help

Eric

-- Eric

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slotteo

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#11 posted 660 days ago

I sure could use the plans for this cart. Just what I need. Could you send me some? slotteo@twcny.rr.com

-- Slot,FL

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