So I have a two car, attached garage. The measurements are roughly 17’ wide by 19’ deep. The wall shared with the living space has the breaker panel, a refrigerator and a plastic storage cabinet. The opposite wall has a mechanic’s bench, mechanic’s toolbox, and a big honking 5 shelf unit that is slated to get donated, once the stuff is removed from it. That leaves the back wall, which has a door to the back yard in the south-east corner.
This garage has served every purpose a garage will, up to and including storing a car at one time. Never more than one, I have no idea how you could get two cars in here, it seems more a guideline than a hard and fast possibility.
But it has been storage, an auto repair area, a turning studio, and before I quit, a smoking lounge.
Because it has just been a garage, it currently looks like this.
There are woodworking tools in there, trust me. An observant individual can probably spot the Ryobi POS that seems to have sprouted a vertical stabilizer made of Styrofoam, a band saw, lathe, miter saw, and maybe a workbench.
An observant person would also notice something else. The only insulation I have is some blue foam on the south wall, and whatever the r-factor of the walls is everywhere else. Being Colorado, and February, it’s supposed to be cold. Last week, it was cold, which is why the shop is still so filthy.
This means I’m going to need to insulate if I want to work more than 5 months of the year.
Second, you’ll notice a marked lack of storage, which is why my workbench is hosting crap, the table saw is storing crap, the lathe bench can’t decide whether it’s a lathe bench or a stereo rack, and the floor…I have paths running through canyons of stuff to get to the doors.
This means I’m going to need cabinets, drawers, and other storage, hopefully self made. No…definitely self made.
Power requirements have to be addressed too. My residential box is pretty close to maxed, I’ve got enough space for two or three more circuits in there. Since I’m running one tool at a time, I should be fine once I get it expanded.
This means I’m going to need to do a little more electrical work, that stuff is scary enough to set my hair on end.
I see folks making do in single car garages, or 6 foot by 9 foot coffins, so I should be in good shape, once I get a plan.
It’s coming up with the plan that’s rough. I’m sure there are some who would agree after looking at the photo above, it’s hard to know where to begin. I’m cruising the net, books, my ShopNotes subscription is coming with a book on small shops, those are always good for ideas at least.
But I need to make room soon, because as soon as the government sees fit to give me back my money, this is coming home.
Yep, a Jet ProShop with the Cast wings. That little blue piece of paper has my name on it, telling the good folks at woodcraft that my wife put part of the money down, it’s mine as soon as they have their due.
Next, The beginning of the plan.
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