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Blog entry by Michaelgurrado posted 08-03-2014 01:49 PM 1716 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is based out of a 1 car garage so space is definitely an issue. Every time i want to work i have to set up and break down my equipment this is a huge pain and a big waste of time. I much rather spend that time working on projects. I only have 1 flat surface area and that is my work bench, i usually set up some make shift work areas with a couple of boards i have lying around. Most of the time i have to either drop things on the floor and or leave stuff on my work bench, so naturally everything starts getting messy and my work bench is used more for storage than actual work. This is very uncomfortable and inconvenient for me and i waste more time searching for what is needed at the time.

The walls in my garage are Concrete walls and they are not flat and even they have a king of bulging effect. Im not sure why they are this way, my guess is that it is part of the original work when the house was built almost 100 years ago. That being said it would be a little difficult to build cabinets and mount them to the wall. I was thinking of building a frame the length of the wall in the places that needed and just mount cabinets and shelves to the frame itself. I would also be able to reinforce the frame to the concrete to prevent it from falling down. I feel this would be much easier than trying to mount things the concrete wall.

I also want to build myself a miter station, i found that i am not using my miter saw that often but when I do its on the floor and i cant use stop blocks and set it up as needed while i work. I also have chronic back issues so constantly having to get on the floor and work on my knees is a huge pain. For these reasons i find myself not wanting to use my mitre saw which is why it has been in the corner of my shop being neglected.

My wood storage needs to drastically improve, i have wood scattered everywhere. From large plywood pieces to small little scrap wood pieces. my board are usually propped up against the wall which is not ideal because they start to bow and warp. I also loose a lot of wood pieces or forget about pieces and then i have to dig and search for a small piece of wood under a bunch of larger pieces of wood.

I am usually a very organized person and the clutter bothers me especially in the shop not only is time consuming and a hassle to deal with, it is very dangerous. I find that the more and more tools i get and busier i am in the shop the more unorganized i am getting and i do not like it. I really need to spend the next week or two upgrading my shop to where i can work more efficiently, work smarter and work safer!

I am hoping with the shop improvements i have in mind i will be able to keep my shop cleaner, my tools more organized, my mind clearer and my workbench free from clutter. Hopefully it wont take me too long to get what i need done.

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 03:03 PM

For centuries cupboards, cabinets, shelving units and closet storage were ‘free standing’, only in recent history did we start hanging them on walls a creating ‘built-ins’. Free standing storage affords you the options of rearranging their footprint as your shop evolves. A solid core or even a hollow core door, mounted horizontally can double as a closure to your storage and open with fold down legs, transforms into a workbench or assembly table.
You can find many examples of free standing storage with a ‘search’ here on the LJ’s site or on the internet.

Enjoy the evolution of your shop, building it’s storage components will broaden your skills.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 02:56 PM

I know exactly what you mean. Organization and workflow are challenges for all of us. I’ve got a pretty extensive blog list on organization and changes to my shop:

Hopefully you can find an idea or two to help get you organized.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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