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...