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Transforming a garage to a shop #1: Beginning to understand

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Blog entry by emetric posted 10-14-2012 12:59 AM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok so I have had a “shop” in my garage for years that has always been more of an inefficient mess than a shop. I have unsuccessfully tried many times to clean, organize, streamline, etc this space. I had even given up on the fact that it could be done at all, content to work in a mess constantly picking up things off the floor and looking for things placed hap-hazardly due to a lack of an actual home for it. In the past I have tried to remove everything all at once, shift things around and shove them all back in. I am beginning to understand that this isn’t the way.

So now, I am building the things that make woodworking efficient. Such as a proper router table and a miter saw cart. I am building drawers and additional storage to hold the things that go along with them such as router wrenches, bits, and collets all in one place. I have also started to group things such as all storage in the same area and developing a work flow grouping the table saw, jointer, and planer.

My plan is to chronicle my progress, hopefully to include pictures, etc. I don’t know about any of you, but this has been a real struggle for me. I am amazed at many of the awesome shops that I see posted on lumberjocks. I am hoping that I can get my shop to look half as good this time.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway



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patron

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 03:31 AM

keep us posted
not all are spic and span shops

mine is a constant mess
(of course building a house around it doesn’t help much)

so now i decided to build a bigger shop

but with the porch layered in tools too
it might wind up about the same

i guess i’m just a messy person

glad you are working towards more efficiency
that is much better
and safer too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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OnlyJustME

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 05:19 AM

Having much the same trouble here too. Looking forward to some pics and the hope that it can be done. lol

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

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George_SA

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 07:11 AM

I guess we get a skewed picture of what guys shops look like here on LJ. We just see pics of the neat shops and not the rest like mine. I don’t think that I want to put any pics of my messy shop/ garage on display and I suspect there are a lot of other guys who feel the same. I must say however that the guys with the neat shops and storage are an inspiration for me to get things a bit more organised.

I must say that I have been down the same path as you in failed reorganization attempts and my current thinking is much in line of yours. I look forward to your progress to see what I can learn from that to help me towards a better organised shop.

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 12:21 PM

You will NEVER see my shop posted. Yes I love it, but it’s not for everyone.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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RussInMichigan

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 02:17 PM

I’m adding this to my watch list.

I’m doing the same thing right now. I just got to the point where I can actually walk across the garage. I still have to open my overhead door to get at the switch for my dust collector. Things are improving, though.

I’ll be interested in seeing what you do with your new layouts.

Russ

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Cabletech1

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 02:30 PM

I agree with Monte. I’ll never post my shop. It’s damn small and very cluttered.

-- "Do it right the first time while remembering this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these — safety glasses."

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 03:17 PM

I have the same trouble and feel your pain. My work area doubles as a garage, workshop and most of all a mess LOL. I have made carts so I can roll everything around when needed. They all fit very well under the storage shelf so they are out of the way when not being used. It works very well and I don’t have to move one tool to get to another. Good luck and post some pictures when you’re done.

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Cosmicsniper

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 03:20 PM

The shop, especially garage shops like ours, are a project like everything else. Mine is always messy, mostly because it has to hold non-shop stuff. The trick is to find good storage solutions in the shop and seek other alternatives for the extra stuff, like sheds, attics, commercial storage places, garage sales, and even charities.

And then, when you get a new tool, you end up rearranging it all again.

I’m finally converting most storage to a French cleat system, and I highly recommend that for others to make best use of your wall spaces.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 09:06 PM

I’ve been working out of a 1+ car garage for over 24 years. It’s tight, but I don’t have far to travel to reach anything. Living in the central valley of northern California, the weather is pretty good, so I put most of my larger machines on heavy duty casters and move them out on the driveway as needed. I finally built a workbench and put it in the middle, not so much for workspace efficiency as to fill a void so that my wife doesn’t fill the space with her stuff. I , like many, dream of a large spacious shop filled with all the latest machinery (see Norm Abrahm’s), but until I win the Lottery (which I don’t play) I’m happy to have a space that I can call my own.

Home Sweet Home (or my portion of it)

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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BerBer5985

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#10 posted 10-15-2012 12:57 AM

Mine seems to be that I’ll finish a project, I’ll put everything away, clean up, organize everything, etc to then mess it all up for the next job and then it happens all over again . It’s a viscious cycle. I have to constantly stay on my own butt to make sure I put things back right after I use it. I find that in a small shop, if only a few things are out of place, then it’s a disaster in there. What can ya do??

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#11 posted 10-15-2012 04:43 AM

I feel the pain of those of you who have to share the garage. I’m an organized person, and it drives me crazy trying to keep the garage in order.

In order to get to my miter saw and table saw, I have to open the garage door, and pull them out into the driveway, because my husband’s snowmobile is in the way. The same snowmobile that gets used only 3 times a year.
And don’t get me started on the ping-pong table….

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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OnlyJustME

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#12 posted 10-15-2012 05:18 AM

That snowmobile is made for using out in the snow. it should be fine sitting outside the garage under a tarp. lol

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

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Sandra

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#13 posted 10-15-2012 01:03 PM

Bosch table saw is back beyond the wheelbarrow.

Chaos

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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patron

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 01:19 PM

sandra

looks like it’s time for a shed
for all the un-ecential stored stuff

or go on a kitchen strike
till everyone stops
‘dump and forget’ style

make ‘em eat mush

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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OnlyJustME

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#15 posted 10-15-2012 01:33 PM

I had a lot of that garden stuff in my garage shop too. I decided to enclose a spot under the back deck to get it all out of there to make more room. Of course if you don’t have a walk out basement with a deck above it’s hard to do that. I’m sure a lot of that stuff will fit in the kitchen. lol

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

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