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Project by sgtq posted 08-18-2011 02:45 AM 3227 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been awhile since I’ve posted but I’ve been super busy and will have to apologize. Here is my newest project. So here was my problem. My home only has a two car garage, since I do not have any designated shop, I decided to turn the right side of the garage into my workspace, I wished I would have taken a before picture but to say the least it was a miserable mess, I origionally had metal stackable shelfs as my workbench and the table saw and bandsaw in a U shape around the right side of the garage. My dear spouse hated this with a passion, it was messy, unorganized and we could only fit one of our two cars in the garage. So she recently had to go to the hospital for an extended stay (she’s ok just a little problem with our new pregnancy). I decided while she was gone I would redo the garage, It took me awhile to figure out how I was going to still have a workspace but be able to fit both cars in the garage. I came up with the solution shown in the picture, I hinged and wall mounted a table to the studs in the wall and use chains to hold the table up, its perfectly level and will hold a remarkable amount of weight, way more than I need for what I do, I built the shelves from some regular 1 by 3s and particle board. The table is a 2by4 frame with mdf as a top, its heavy but I am able to lift it and secure the chains by myself with ease. I think she will be wonderfully surprised when she comes home and see’s the difference so I really enjoyed every second of figuring out how to make it work and the actual build. Thanks for looking.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 02:49 AM

Nice looking shop.

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 02:51 AM

a good design that makes everyone happy…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 03:37 AM

Great setup, Im lucky eough that my wife’s SUV doesnt fit in my toyots sixed garage so it is a full time shop. I like the fold up table design but might consider adding fold down legs is your going to be beating on it at all.
ANd Congrats on the new one coming

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 04:00 AM

Very good use of the limited space. Congratulations on the new arrival!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 04:04 AM

Nice shop. Clever bench. Congrats on the new family member.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 04:11 AM

Nice job. However I see two problems:

1) You won’t be able to clutter up your work bench, and who has a clean workbench? This is unheard of and I’m sure you are violating some workshop rule.

2) I don’t see space for the toys that you WILL have! Big wheels, bicycles, wagons, balls…

I agree with the fold down leg idea, or a couple of 4×4s that you can quickly attach/remove.

Oh, and build something immediately for your child (like a wooden pull toy).

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 04:45 AM

Awfully clean for a workshop. Looks more like a shop than a “work” shop.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 08-18-2011 05:33 AM

nice shop ,a place for every the table great ideal.congrads on the new one . I’ve had 5 all grown now .i fingered out you spend 18 months teaching em to talk and the next 18 years to they’re a blessing most the time great do on the shop .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 08-18-2011 11:28 AM

Great solution to the using the garage as well for parking and woodworking. Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 08-18-2011 02:01 PM

It’s looking goodice going.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 08-18-2011 07:07 PM

Here is my leg solution to a fold up table. The legs are PVC. There is an unseen 2×4 attached underneath the table with holes that receive the legs. The 2×4 on the floor with corresponding holes really makes it rigid. The legs and the floor 2×4 store neatly behind the table when folded down. Also shown is a fold down bench from plans I found on line for five bucks.These are old pics. I’ve since added a lot of other equipment but it all still fits in my 18’ x 20” shop (yes 20 INCHES) and leaves room for both cars.

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#12 posted 08-18-2011 07:33 PM

Transition you see problem, I see solution! Our friend Stgq has developed the first auto-cleaning bench!!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#13 posted 08-18-2011 08:06 PM

Thanks for all the comments and Ideas, I do intend on adding some fold down legs and appreciate the good ideas. @Dusty, that fold down bench is awesome.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#14 posted 08-20-2011 03:03 AM

All looks good from here!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#15 posted 08-20-2011 04:15 AM

that’s a great step forward.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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