Transforming a garage to a shop #2: Progress

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Blog entry by Darryl Jones posted 11-14-2012 02:05 AM 1759 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay so I was thinking about how unorganized the garage was and where I should start. So after looking at many of your organized tidy shops I noticed that the table saw usually takes center stage, so I moved my saw to the center of the garage which freed up a lot of wall space.

You might have noticed that my planer is directly in front of the saw, this is just for storage. This and the lathe are the only two tools that have to be rolled out in the driveway to use. The planer is really loud anyway and I wouldn’t try to use it in the garage anyway.

I put the jointer at the end of the right extension on the table saw, I also built a miter saw cart with storage below for cut-offs. You might also notice that I finished my router table (not quite norm’s but still very useful).

I also built some storage for my drills and chargers (not fancy but effective).

I also added some tunes to increase productivity

Added dust collection for tools on this side.

Added storage for lathe chisels and accessories

New Storage area, finishes and such stored in the cabinet, misc bench tools on the shelf.

Lumber storage above the tool cabinet.

Recently acquired air cleaner

Router table with storage for bits, extra routers, wrenches, and accessories.

Miter saw cart with a storage drawer and cutoff storage below.

Anyway, this is the progress that I have made so far. I hope the rest of you are experiencing some successes as well.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 02:52 AM

This is looking very nice! Not sure if it’s the photography, or the sunlight, but it’s very bright in there also.
I noticed the Ridgid sander – I was looking at that same one tonight at HD. Do you use it much? It gets great reviews.

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

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Dave G

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 09:46 AM

What a great shop! I would really enjoy it.

I wish I could roll my lather outside. That’s sweet. Of all the tools to move outside I’d pick that one.

Your comment about the planer being to noisy for the garage gave me a smile. My neighbors aren’t as tolerant as yours seem to be :-). Lucky guy.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 12:11 AM

Love the drill caddies, just like drawing a weapon

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 11-15-2012 12:15 AM

Looks like a shop!

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#5 posted 11-15-2012 01:03 AM

great looking shop!!!looks like your making alot of progress.i wish mine was that organized and clean.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 03:13 PM

It is looking good. Having everything in its place saves a lot of time when you are working. The lathe looks very nice and functional.

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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