Well, this is my first blog post ever, anywhere!
This past spring I bought my first house. I had a minimum requirement of a 3 car garage since i have a few toys and need an area to work on stuff. Well, i got lucky and found a builder to builds a house that has an attached 20×40 RV garage :) Once i saw that, i had to have it. This series of posts is about my adventures building my work shop in the Man Cave. Just a FYI, i didn’t name it that, the builder actually did :) Luckily for me, the house had everything the wife wanted as well.
Now that i am settled in i wanted to start on my work shop. I dont have a lot of experience nor a lot of tools, so i wanted something that was faiirly easy to build. It also had to look good and fit within my budget. I decided on some plans from plansnow. It was a Build Your Own Custom Workshop Plan featured in Shop Notes Issue #97. I choose this plan because i really liked the way it looked, it uses cheap materials and it can be easily customized.
The cheap material part is real important, as i dont want to sped a ton, and from past experience, i tend to ruin a lot of wood before i get it just the way i want it.
I actually started this project back in November, but LJ just allowed me to sign up now, so im playing a bit of catch up. After Thanks Giving i went and selected my 2×4s from Lowes. Took me 2 trips and about 2 hours to going through the pile to find boards that were straight and had few knots. I brought them home and let them sit for about a month.
I also ordered all my hardware online and more then enough screws, hehe.
In the mean time, i decided it would be a good idea to get a Jointer so i can straighten up at least one side of the 2×4 so its easier to rip on the table saw. I decided to get the Ridgid 6” Jointer. You can see a pic of it below.
I also decided i wanted a larger and newer drill press. So i purchases a Jet 17” drill press and set that up. If you watch the video at plansnow, you can see i need to drill a lot of holes. Each corner piece has 3 holes in it, and the plans call for 76 pieces. So far i love this drill press. Lots of power, easy to change speeds and accurate.
The next post ill talk about how i started construction.