Workshop Makeover #1: Current Layout

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Blog entry by pound posted 03-19-2012 05:47 PM 1240 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got the workshop unearthed, and like any good child of the 80’s it is time to crowdsource my decision making.

I am sure you are still laughing if you are looking at the pictures of the chaos, but my fiancé has been using the garage to store stuff and the tablesaw looks like a fine table top from the female perspective. I have pretty much sorted the remaining to be thrown away and attic storage materials. I am trying to be exclusively a woodworking shop with some storage (depending on future equipment of course). I don’t have plans for woodturning.

I live down by the river in Atlanta, so I would consider my garage about max humidity. It takes less than a year to get rusty tools, so I am generous with the WD-40 on everything to keep it in working order. I have a chest freezer that I have no where else to put, but has made a great out feed table. The kegorator is there because as I have lost my bachelor hood, it has moved from the kitchen, to the den, to the garage. I know what evil plan lays in wait after the wedding. I am sure to get at least one comment about the perils of drinking and woodworking, but I have given up far more hazardous behavior and am not likely to add that. The SketchUp renderings should help to cut the clutter of the pictures and get to what is important in the garage.

As you can see from pictures 5 & 6 there is a little room behind the back wall.

I use it to further protect some furniture from exposure and to store paint and tile remaining from a remodel. Fiancé wants this to stay for now, but I would love to get rid of it. There is also a crawl space behind that. I could store long lumber but the access through CMU is only about 3’x3’. My height limitation in the middle sucks, but that is all the plumbing, garage opener and electricity to the house, so it stays. The bike and bike rack need to be there too. The bookshelves are there because the house is not coordinated; I would like to see them go.

Ok now that we have the cant’s, we can look at the want’s. I want to build my table saw into a larger cabinet that will go where the cheep and small workbench is. I have found some (expensive) leveling casters that I am going to purchase, so the table will be mobile. I want to use my Shop Vac and build in some dust collection to each machine. I want/need more light! I want to build a lumber rack to store the lumber (I have the ultimate picker who works with me so it needs some capacity). I want the layout to be efficient. My woodworking is a mess of running around trying the shop grabbing things that I needed within reach. I also want some new equipment, so if you think of a what next let me know. I am thinking a jointer, since I have access to lots of scrap and old lumber.

Ok I am going to hit SketchUp and come up with a few ideas and see what people think. Perhaps a rendering or two. Thanks for taking the time to help out. I am dangerously past clueless on all this.

-- I got something on my mind grapes I need to talk to you about.

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 07:23 PM

I am sorry to say, but your going to have to send that kegorator to my house (No wife here).

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 10:25 PM

When I go down in flames, I grant you custody of the kegorator, but with weekend visitation rights.


-- I got something on my mind grapes I need to talk to you about.

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