Not enough room for the tools.

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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 06-18-2012 12:16 AM 2026 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a two car attached garage where my workshop is located. When you figure in a TS, BS, Router, Sanding station with a metal shelf for organizing abrasives, Drill press, grindstone, jointer and planer, large tool box, 8’x3’ bench, 4’x4’ bench, there just isn’t enough room to build anything of any size.
I’m not using about 25% of the space because I have walnut, oak, pine, and wrc stored on the floor in that spot.

I need to reorganize the shop badly. Which means also organizing the lighting and moving some plugs around.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 12:20 AM

Welcome to the club Russ. Sometimes you have to take a step or two backwards to take a step forward. Good luck buddy.

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 12:25 AM

I need to move lots of stuff around Shane. I have some walnut slabs stickered just outside the garage on top of a metal shed, (still in the box since march along with some wood for the flooring), that needs to be moved away from the door, somewhere. Then I can pull all that wood and tools out and tear out some shelving that came with the house and move a freezer and it’s electrical line in that place, then I can put up more shelves for some of my wood templates and jigs. I have lots of 4’x8’ drywall that I plan to place along the sides of the shop to make it easier to clean up. It’s just a mess right now.
I have two Adirondack chairs in the making now and I don’t even have enough room to complete them.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 12:52 AM

I’m in the same boat. Except where you have the wood i have work tools and supplies that keep multiplying. Last summer i rented a cargo container and had them drop it in my driveway in front of the garage so i could renovate it. Got everything i didnt need stored in the container and gutted the garage and redid all the wiring and put drywall on the walls. Then of course 75% of the way through the project the county decides the container in the driveway is ugly and i have to get rid of it. So everything goes back into the garage with no where to put it yet and i’m still trying to get the drywall on the ceiling done.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Don W

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 12:53 AM

i figure I reorganize my shop about 12 times a year. You could just sent those walnut slabs to me and get them out of your way.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 02:07 AM

Russell if I leave right now, I should be at your place sometime around Thursday, I will take care of that wood problem you have and even help you rearrange the shop if you like.. would be no problem.. I may even be able to fit some of the tools that are in the way on my truck just to even up the load.. so see ya soon.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 07:47 PM


I have your solution. First, I will address the problem. You are a man and your wife doesn’t understand and you managed to kick her car out of the garage and now can’t justify a dedicated shop because she still hasn’t forgiven you for making her carry groceries into the house from the driveway when it is raining.

Now for the solution. At least for us in Texas, we don’t fight the weather so much so this works for me. I have my table saw so that it outfeeds onto the driveway. My saw has a 52” extension to the right of the blade and I left just enough room to the right of it to walk past. I measured this space by having my wife stand there with groceries in both hands and left her no more room than that. Of course, it still leaves me room to carry anything that is shoulder width. There is probably 10’ to the left of it, allowing room to carry a large finished cabinet out. Now, the garage door must be up when the rip cuts are underway. I have my table saw about 21” from the garage door when it is closed and I built an outfeed that is 14” when collapsed and 50” when extended. This is long enough to cut an 8 foot board and not have it fall off.

I also have a woodworking bench that is 30” by 84” which lines up with the right edge of the table saw. It still leaves a lot of open space in the middle of the “former 2-car garage”.

Keep in mind that lighting is affected over the table saw when the garage door is up. I have a solution for that, but that can wait.

Let me know if you want some pictures.

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 02:31 PM

Hey Shane. I too need to make better use of my small space… I built one of those 2×4 wall mount lumber racks… That helps some…

-- Colorado Dan

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