My shop is in the three-car garage of my house and was always intended to share space with cars, bikes and kid toys. I originally planned to have the shop set-up in the single-car bay and park in the double bay. That didn’t work out when we first bought the house, because our truck would only fit in the single-car bay since that bay was two feet deeper than the other bays. Since we no longer own the truck, I decided to move everything over to the single-car bay like I had originally intended.
So this begins the process. The My Workshop page has pics of the new arrangement, but not all the updates yet. The workbench was moved from the other side of the garage as were the jointer and tablesaw. This will be the basic layout that will be improved upon in the coming months as new equipment and upgrades find their way to my shop. Those include:
1. More lighting.
2. A new table saw.
3. A lumber rack.
4. A relocated router table (into the extension wing of a new table saw).
5. New cabinets along the side wall of the garage for much needed storage and a new location for the miter saw.
6. A dust collector.
7. Increased electrical capacity.
These will all be addressed in the next few months with eventual upgrades coming to other shop equipment (such as the band saw) and added conveniences like an air cleaner and more tools.
I plan to share the new shop improvements and upgrades and look for suggestions on my plans. I’ll have entries for the first four items on my list very soon, as I have already made some purchases, but I would love some feedback on dust collectors. I’m thinking about either a new HF 2hp model or a used 1.5-2 hp Delta, Jet, etc. off Craigslist. I’ll also be looking for some suggestions on planning the electrical upgrades as well. Stay tuned!