I was bit by the woodworking bug about 9 months ago and now I’m too the point where I need to convert my attached 2 car garage into a dedicated home woodworking shop. My garage is roughly 25.5’ x 22.5’, and it’s currently used used for storing some of our household stuff which takes up about 30% of the space, and the rest I’ve been using for woodworking.
I’m working on cleaning everything out and starting from a clean slate, and I’m breaking up the project into a multiple stages:
- Remove current built-in shelving – The garage has a lot of built-in shelving made out of 2×4’s and hollow core doors along some of the walls. I’ve recently removed all of this so as to start from scratch and utilize the space better for lumber storage and other types of cabinets I’ll need for a home workshop.
- Painting/Trim – The garage was built in ‘77 and fortunately has already been sheetrocked, aside from one wall not being mudded, taped, and painted. Most of the sheetrock is in decent shape, but it’s taken a beating over the years and so I’ll need to patch all the holes, prime, and paint all the walls and the ceiling. I’m currently completing the rest of the taping and mudding, along with repairing all the numerous screw and nail holes that have accumulated througout the years. There’s also sections on one side of the garage where the previous owners had a built in dog kennel and the dog (German Shepard) shewed up some of the sheetrock, so this will have to be replaced to make everything look nice. I plan to add baseboards and upper trim to give the garage a finished look.
- Floor – The current concrete slab is in good shape but needs to be painted – I’ll plan to use an epoxy paint from one of the Big Box stores unless there’s a better product out there.
- Electrical – Based on the types of machinery I’ll be running simaltaneously, I plan to to run a 100 amp service into the garage from my main breaker. I plan to do this by replacing a current 50 amp 6 gauge drop running from my main breaker to the garage with a 2 gauge 100 amp drop.
- Insulation – Fortunately, all the walls are insulated, but I’ll need to put insulation in the attic which should be straightforward.
- Heating – This is already complete, but I have a Dayton 5000w heater currently hooked up to my 50 amp subpanel running on a dedicated 30 amp circuit. I just installed the heater last week and it keeps the garage at an even 60 degrees when the temp outside is in the upper 20’s. I’m hoping its effeciencly will improve once I get the rest of the insulation in place.
- AC – It gets pretty warm here in the summer. In the past I’ve opened up my garage door and left the rear door open to let a breeze flow through which makes working comfortable. I’m thinking of installing an AC window unit so I can keep the garage buttoned up and control dust especially if I’m finishing.
Since this is my first time doing this type of conversion, any suggestions might be helpful – Thanks!
-- Mark, Utah