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#1 posted 11-02-2010 04:36 PM

Okay other than the sarcastic, you might want to check out my shop page I have a couple of ideas there that might help you out… There are also a couple of things in there NOT to do if you are limited to one bay of a 2 car garage…

In particular look at the tool stacker setup, I simply take each tool as needed on its mounting plate, and clamp it to my workbench to use it. Likewise the router wing in the table saw saves a ton of space. On the flip side the 72” fence rails for my table saw tend to gobble up space pretty fast…

Mind you, a LOT is going to depend on what tools and equipment you have, but there are some key things to keep in mind…

#1. Keep it mobile. Tool stackers, and mobile bases are your friends. Nurture those relationships… #2. Minimize the amounts of cutoffs, sheet goods, and non shop related stuff in your shop space. #3. Get a portable awning (EZup is one brand name) that will help you expand your workable space into the driveway without having the sun beat down on your, and offer some rain protection… I set my miter saw up under the EZup, and just let the dust and chips fly! #4. See those walls? They can be used for storage. Find ways to maximize your wall storage with cabinets and proper racks… #5. Look up. I don’t have much up there, but consider using the ceiling to house infrequently used items like push poles for paint rollers. Maybe even for lumber, or dowel storage.

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