Workshop #2: Getting the Garage in Order

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Blog entry by Luke posted 03-10-2011 04:45 AM 2035 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Tool Gloat Part 2 of Workshop series Part 3: Craftsman 6 1/8 Jointer fail. »

Well to start this off, I should say the driving force behind getting the garage shop in order is that we ran out of storage in the house. We have a baby coming any day now, and there was just no room to put his stuff, ‘cause our stuff took all the space. Like most other people in my situation do, we turned to the garage to store stuff, this causes a dilemma, its my “man cave” my get away, I have hopes and dreams for this dismal cold and hard place…

Well we compromised, we made a few runs to the dump and evaluated what we were holding on to that we didn’t need. We also bought some overhead storage racks to store stuff over the garage door… AWESOME!

Well, it took me 3 full days, and they were like 15 hour days but we got the garage done, with room to spare, and now plenty of room for the baby’s stuff.

I laid out my collection of tools, and even found a use for a kitchen hutch that we had been storing and NOT USING for 2 years!!!

Here is a view of the newly set up shop. The band saw is on a mobile base, and I plan build a workbench out of that solid core birch door that I picked up for $6 at the thrift sore (SCORE)

I put the drill press in the corner but out a bit to make my holes…

I might add, I had a close call with the jointer. It was old, but in great shape, but the blades were chipped and dull, so I took them out and honed them down to a usable state until I could spring for some new ones… Well, I learned how to put the blades back on the jointer… the hard way, when one FLEW OUT when I turned it off. Needless to say, I now need new blades, and have some cleanup to do…

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 06:14 PM

Looking really tidy there, puts my garage shop to shame.
The hutch gives things a touch of class and organization…mess it up a bit and your wife will let you keep it there:)
You could use that as a design basis for more shop cabinets and such
Cheers, Scott

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 07:59 PM

Thats my plan, I like the rustic nature of the hutch, so I planned on wrapping that rickety old workbench in a knotty pine to match the hutch and stain them to make a pair, and build some matching cabinets on the wall there.

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