|Workshop by LoganN||posted 03-13-2013 01:16 PM||1512 reads||1 time favorited||1 comment|
Our garage is about 22’ wide and 24” long. When I designed my space I decided to do an L shaped divider wall inside the garage to allow one side some space for garage tool and kid toys and the other for my shop and storage. Luckily, the people who lived here before us had already built large 2×4 and plywood shelves for the back of the garage so I had some storage space already built in. Even better, for me, was that the high school I work at was getting rid of some plywood and library bookshelves, so I got those for free. Because we live in Rochester, NY, I knew I needed to do some work to make it winter working worthy. I insulated all the walls and covered the ones in the shop portion with OSB plywood and put in a door and new windows (I love Craiglist for things like this!). I framed out my divider between the storage space and the workshop and covered that with the plywood from the high school and used a bifold door I bought CHEAP from a local outlet store. I raised several rafters in the garage, added support for my overhead airfilter, and wired in old fluorescent lights from my school. I put in a wood floor over the concrete, partly to keep my knees comfortable and partly to protect dropped tools and projects. This was the hardest thing to figure out the best way to do. Marc posted his work on his floor after I did mine, or I would have copied his ideas. Instead, I used pressure treated decking, RamJetted those to the concrete, and covered them with 4’x8’ OSB sheets and polyurethaned the whole thing.
I used the library bookshelves and wood and turned these into a pegboard storage shelf and a support area and shelf for tools. A fortuitous cabinet find on the side of the road turned into a perfect miter saw stand and another one turned into my outfeed table for my table saw.
For my table I was lucky enough to have a friend who happens to own an optics shop and he had just purchased a new 60 inch butcher block table top by accident and he gave that to me. I used it to build a functional workbench with sliders on the bottom so I can move it around. Because I have 2 young kids I also used the top to one of the library bookshelves to make my kids a matching workbench and I hung up the tools their grandparents gave them.
My last big purchase (not from the gift card – that was all gone!) was a new Rigid table saw. I did a lot of searching for the perfect saw to replace my 10 year old $110 Skil saw. This saw is amazing and it is a joy to use. Using different sets of resources I placed most of the stationary items against the outside walls and my movable things against the inside walls. There is a space off the side of the workshop, behind the garage tools storage area, that serves as wood storage and extra tool storage.
Overall I’m really happy with my shop and I’ve already built 2 beautiful projects in it, as well as a few smaller items. My biggest problem this past winter was that I didn’t insulate the ceiling and my little radiator space heater just doesnt cut it when its 10 degrees out. I had to add some insulation in the middle of the winter just so i could work out there. Next up is a much better heater purchase and finishing the ceiling insulation.