Garage/Shop nearing completion

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Project by MarineGator posted 08-15-2012 11:34 AM 5426 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I moved recently and the place had almost zero garage storage (small garage on top of things). I have spent the last 2 months trying to get it where I want it so that I can finally start making things again.

The cabinets are all 3/4 MDF sealed and painted. Originally, the drawer boxes were too. I learned this was a mistake after 2 of them came apart under load. Switch to plywood boxes to keep cost down. The top is a layer of OSB, and layer of 3/4 MDF, and a layer of tempered hardboard; and milled 2×4 on the other side for a cheap bench (I will be adding a vise later). Lumber rack is lag screwed into the studs.

Face Frame

Drilling Station

Miter Saw Area/Lumber Storage


Lathe/Sharpening Station

With rolling tools in place

Still in the works: A small wall cabinet for hand tools and the like above the lathe. PVC ductwork for dust collection (just got the blastgates and hood). Raised support for miter station to the right of blade (piano hinged to get it out of the way) and collapsing support to the left.

Thoughts and suggestion would be welcome.

Oh, and I can still park my car in there.

-- If you ain't a Gator, you must be Gator bait.

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 12:01 PM

That looks extra nice

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 12:37 PM

Well done!! Looks very efficient.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 01:51 PM

Looks nice!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 06:21 PM

Great looking build. Love the blue and white.
I’m nearby in Melbourne.
Go Gators.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 07:02 PM

Thanks all. Still a lot of work to do. It’s amazing how much work I have to do to be able to do more work.

Gary, eventually, all the doors will have Gator decals on them. I thought the addition of orange would be overkill.

-- If you ain't a Gator, you must be Gator bait.

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 07:20 PM

Advice? Get rid of the car. It takes up valuable shop space!

Just kidding! (Well maybe not. Mine haven’t seen the inside of my garage – I mean shop – in years!)

Very nicely done. Looks like you have a very efficient, well laid out shop. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 08-15-2012 07:47 PM

Great looking shop!ROLL TIDE!!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 08-15-2012 11:10 PM

nice looking cabinets and use of space. i think my car used to fit in the garage but i’m probaly wrong.
like marty said ” ROLL TIDE!!!!!”

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 01:19 AM

Looks great bright and lots of room

-- Norman

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#10 posted 08-18-2012 02:08 AM

Thats a great looking shop. Wish mine was that far along.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#11 posted 08-19-2012 03:35 PM

Your workshop will look better than someone’s kitchen!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-28-2012 04:40 PM

Nice space to work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 10-08-2012 04:18 PM

Great post. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 07:09 PM

It’s a nice looking shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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