The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #2: The Before...

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 02-09-2010 09:11 PM 8064 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A Little Background... Part 2 of The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act series Part 3: New Table Saw »

I thought I’d add some pics of the garage before I decided to do the great reorganization to give you an idea of what I was working with before. This former arrangement was a big compromise in an effort to still park a full size car, full size truck, and a motorcycle in the garage along with my tools. Granted when I decided on this arrangement, I had fewer tools. And I still had the truck (which I still regret getting rid of, but that’s another story altogether).

So here’s the back corner of the garage (on the double car side). I built the workbench, cabinet, floor-standing storage locker, and the miter saw bench.


I used to have a ‘96 Impala SS that was just short enough to fit in the garage so it was parked over here under the miter saw bench.

This is the old table saw. When I was parking the car in the garage, it would roll under the workbench.

Old tablesaw

After moving to this house, I acquired the jointer and bandsaw. Once they showed up, the car was no longer getting parked inside. The planer in the background also was tucked away next to the water heater to allow parking.

Jointer and bandsaw

Here’s another view of the miter saw bench. I had the router mounted into the left side to serve as a router table, but I was always running into the water heater with longer boards. The 2.5” dust collection system worked ok with my shop-vac for the router, miter saw, drill press and sanding.

miter saw bench

And here are the drill press and my tool box.
drill press and tool box

As you can see from the pics, the garage was getting overcrowded. I was accumulating too much wood and materials, gaining some larger tools, and still trying to share the garage with a lawn mower, bikes, kid toys, a motorcycle and a truck. I was also running out of storage space for hand held power tools, clamps and odds and ends.

I decided to move everything to the single car bay where I had added an extra 120V circuit and a 240V circuit when the house was built since that was where I planned to set up a shop to begin with.

After working out a floor plan on Grizzly's workshop planner, here’s what I have come up with for the layout.
workshop plan

The long boxes overlaying items in the middle of the room are where the light fixtures are going. The right side of the garage is where I will be moving my miter saw when I build the cabinets that are pictured in the floor plan. The dust collector will be going in the corner at the end of the run of cabinets. The large item on the left side of the garage is where the lumber rack will be going. The rest of the layout is coming together and I will have some more entries on my progress to come.

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 09:21 PM

It’s certainly worth the effort to plan a shop and it looks like you are well on your way. I used to complain about my shop a lot, but after seeing what many have to put up with, I’m beginning to complain less and appreciate more. I think it has something to do with the theory of relativity, lol. Good luck with the conversion.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 09:23 PM

Looks great. I love these projects! I’m faced with a similar situation and working on getting my shop organized, too. I don’t have nearly as many big tools, though. I can’t wait to see how you get everything set up. I’m interested in your dust collection set up, too.

Good luck!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 09:23 PM

I like that site I tell folks about it all the time.

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 01:21 AM

This is going to be a fun project.

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