Shop Update #2: It begins!

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 03-29-2011 04:30 AM 4513 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Time to get back to it! Part 2 of Shop Update series Part 3: Playing the waiting game »

I’m officially starting the conversion from garage to shop this year.

To give you an idea of what I’m starting from, this is a picture of the garage today.

Notice the nice little water-gathering depressions from having my RAV4 parked in there for the last 5 years, and the spalling concrete. Lots of work ahead!

I’ve already moved the vehicle out to the driveway so I can start working this week. I have what I hope is a reasonable plan for this first year. It does not include heating or insulating the space, which will have to wait for next year.

The phases will roughly be:

1. Organize and compartmentalize: Get a shed set up on the backyard and move out the kids’ stuff, lawnmower, gardening supplies, exterior Xmas decorations and the like.

2. Plan: Finalize a floor plan including cabinets, rolling stands, wood storage and a garbage/recycling area since the shed will not be accessible during winter and I have nowhere outside to store the garbage cans.

3. Build: Build a mobile clamp/tool cart, mobile stand for my planer, a mobile router table, outfeed tables for my jobsite saw and cabinets/bench space for my SCMS, dovetail jig, scroll saw, etc, hopefully in that order. My Dowelmax is going to get a heck of a workout this year.

If I can have this all done before it gets too cold to work out there, I’ll be happy camper. SWMBO would really like a sewing cabinet built this year as well, so that might jump up in priority depending how things are going, and then there is always Xmas gifts and things to consider as well. I’m hoping that it’s not going to hurt too much not having a proper workbench during this time.

I’d like to think that next year I can consider a jointer and/or bandsaw but I’ll be spending a good chunk of the springtime laying a proper floor, insulating, heating and mounting permanent cabinets to make this into a year round shop.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:19 AM

Pretty jealous you get the whole garage, I only get the perimeter…..after I pull out the car. Good luck with the project, it will be fun to watch

-- Clay - I love free tools

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 06:21 AM

I’m seriously debating insulating this year even if I don’t heat it.

Haven’t decided yet but it seems like I might as well do it before building a bunch of cabinets.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 08:08 PM

I suggest putting a coat of epoxy paint down first. I put it in both my garage and basement workshop and absolutely love it! Sawdust really does sweep up much easier from a coated floor. I used the Quikrete kit from Lowes. The light base is about the color of sawdust. The flecks make it look better. It holds up very well too. It’s defintiely worth it.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 08:09 PM

Yes, definitely insulate and put OSB plywood on the walls, that way you can hang anything anywhere! Much easier to insulate first rather than later. I put solid vinyl tiles on my floor and it makes clean-up a breeze! My floor was wood by the way.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 08:11 PM

Yeah I looked into it and my costs are pretty brutal on this project right now. It makes a ton of sense to insulate first, but I don’t think I can manage it.

What I’ll do is focus on building my mobile workstations first (router table, outfeed tables, clamp and tool storage) and do my basic electrical but not built the cabinets until the insulation is done. That should be a reasonable compromise.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 12:40 AM

You could build a few cabinets and temporarily hang the cabinets on french cleats (ie. dont achor/screw through the cabinet to the studs), then for additional bottom support, run a ledger board tight up against the bottom of the cabinets and don’t overload the cabinets. When it comes time to insulate, remove the cabinets from the cleats, then remove the french cleats and ledger board. This would provide you the storage now and a relatively simple removal process.
Just my $0.02.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-01-2011 03:44 AM

I do have the wall that’s shared with the house, and it’s already clad with OSB so I could do something there. I’ll see what time and funds allows.

I finished the drawings and plan for my router table tonight. I’ll post them up shortly.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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