|Workshop by Sandra||posted 11-02-2012 02:48 AM||3280 reads||0 times favorited||19 comments|
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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.