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December 2015
Video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XImTIMm-Udo
The biggest improvement happened outside the shop when I finished a 12×16 shed in the backyard in October 2014. It now houses the snowmobile during the summer, the bikes during the winter, along with all the other seasonal stuff that was taking up room in our 1 1/2 car garage. I then walled off the alcove type area of the garage and hung a thick plastic dust curtain, giving my husband a place to keep things relatively dust free.

This year, Nov 2015, I had the garage rewired. I now have a hundred amp breaker, four 110v outlets along both long walls, an outlet on the ceiling for an air cleaner and a 220 outlet on each wall. (Insert Home Improvement macho sound)
Being surrounded by clutter stresses me out, so I started by culling my lumber stash. I took down some lumber storage brackets and am going to force myself to keep it to the ones I have left. I also took down some plywood shelves and re-used them for the planer cart. I hummed and hawed about how to build shop cabinets. While I enjoy learning new skills and have never made raised panel doors, my time in the shop is precious so I decided to go with pocket hole joinery to get them done. The doors are pine and plywood. The went together easily quickly, are are very sturdy. Sometimes I am guilty of not making the best of the stuff I already have. I wanted to change that, and as of yesterday, I had used every scrap of plywood I had leftover from other projects.

Photo 1 is the overall view looking from the house into the garage

Photo 2 is the newly organized work area. I had looked at building French cleats, but already had some plastic slat panels on hand. Screws, bolts etc are all sorted out in dropdown bins.

Photo 3 is my workbench. No pocket holes, here. 36 mortises and tenons done by hand. Details in my projects section. I’m very proud of this bench.

Photo 4 is the wall furthest from the garage door. More pocket hole cabinets to keep the non woodworking stuff organized and relatively free of dust. To the left of the cabinets is the doorway that can be closed off with a dust curtain.

Photo 5 is the machinery wall. To the far left is the smaller planer cart I built with storage inside. Again, pocket holes were used to get the job done. The planer sits sideways so I can run short pieces through using the repurposed cabinet next to it as outfeed support. The cabinet was formerly a bar. I used casters and shims to get it to the right height. It is also the same height as the miter saw and the main work counter. So I can clear off the surfaces and have a type of miter station.

Photo 6 is how the shop looked three years ago.

Thanks for looking.

Might do an updated video…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 02:54 AM

Looks cozy. Better organized than mine!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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patron

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 03:24 AM

glad you are gaining on it sandra
your part of the shop
looks better than the first time you showed us

little by little
you will get there

if it’s any help
my shop looks like the rest of your garage
and it is all my stuff

one of these days

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 03:31 AM

Good job a nice looking shop.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 04:44 AM

Look’s like a great place to work. Enjoy.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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jfk4032

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 10:02 PM

Like the golf clubs in the last shot…combines my two favorite hobbies, golf and wood!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 02:53 PM

Looks like you got the makings of a nice shop Sandra. I think you got it spot on, having another shed or out house for “non important” items and tools is a must, besides where will you store your lumber and stuff.

Helpful tip, couldn’t you accidently on purpose drop a can of paint on that ping pong table, then turn it into aa assembly bench.

Good luck

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Bernie

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 07:26 PM

Just took a look at your cozy shop and looks like you’re making the best of it. Learning to work in a small shop is a challenge. My shop is 24ftX24ft with o low ceiling. I dug it out myself and had ledge stop me from going down farther. I’m sure that shed will help a great deal and funny David might be onto something.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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Sandra

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 08:13 PM

Paint on the ping pong table…. just might work, although I’ve griped about it enough that he’d be suspicious.
Hoping to start the shed in the Spring. I’ve been gaining confidence with each project, hopefully leading up to the big build!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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patron

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 09:13 PM

just don’t get plans from boston

their ‘big dig’
took forever
and went way over budget

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 04:16 PM

You’ve got a really nice shop. My first shop was a single car garage that I shared with the car, not much room. 30 years later I have the shop I dreamed of for years. Your of to a great start.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#11 posted 08-21-2013 07:15 AM

Wow your shop is very nicely laid out.

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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#12 posted 08-21-2013 11:02 PM

Can’t believe that I haven’t stopped in before….
Looks great, but an update with your work bench (with a vise) is called for!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Sandra

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#13 posted 08-23-2013 12:28 AM

Okay, duly noted! I’ve been meaning to update the photos.

And at what point am I no longer a ‘newby’??

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 09-28-2013 02:50 AM

nice looking shop you have and well organized.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 09-28-2013 03:25 AM

74,
Umm….
Updated shop pictures???

BTW: You will always be a “newbie”....
At some skill or technique you have not perfected yet!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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