I’m in the long, agonizing process of reorganizing the garage which entails getting the Mrs to go along with getting rid of a lot of stuff she’s been collecting since, well, forever.. That’s actually the agonizing part.
My part is deciding how to lay things out. I have an area about 12 feet by 12 feet in a basic L shape in the corner of the garage with one small window.
Keep in mind this shop is rather new to me as we haven’t been together as long as many couples have so I won’t go into the whole longevity thing..
Now, there was/is an older bench that just has to go. It’s 2X4 and exterior plywood construction, about 12 feet long, 3 feet deep and a bit too tall to suit my arms built probably to support some flimsy jobs the previous owners did here whatever that was not to mention it’s seen better days. In any case it’s going to be disassembled and canabalized for the pieces worth reusing for other things and in its place a real workbench that will be my next big project coming up. I already have the vise ordered, but no bench to mount it on yet.
I don’t even know what the questions I have here, but I currently have a cheapo Ryobi table saw I have built on a rolling stand so it’s movable, my now infamous Harbor Freight drill press, a scroll saw and bench sander along with a few other odds and ends.. Oh yeah, the miter saw plus my growing collection of hand tools.
I’d like a station for the miter saw with space on either side to support whatever I need to cut, but also support (out/infeed supports for the table saw and so on..
As time has gone on I’ve grown more used to and fond of using hand tools as opposed to power equipment so I suppose the issue really is to organize storage to make things such as planers, saws, chisels, etc., more accessable than merely tossing everything in my tool chest. I used to run a body shop so the layout is quite different than a woodshop. I have no real need for a spray booth more than a few feet and I’m sure not dragging in any wrecked cars or trucks anymore..My days of turning wrenches and breathing in lead, paint and bondo are over..(not that sawdust is 100% better by any stretch, but it does smell better) Part of me misses that, but that’s another story for another day. Amazing that sand paper no longer has the same appeal to me it once did sanding down bondo and paint.. ;) One thing doesn’t change and that’s the desire to put quality above quantity and the desire to keep learning new things.
I guess I’m asking for ideas and/or suggestions about laying out a shop. Do I need cabinets to store things moreso than I would if I was storing wrenches and air tools? In the body shop there aren’t that many tools where keeping edges nice and sharp is all that important whereas a woodshop that seems to be rather critical or am I wrong there?
Excuse me if I’m rambling here.. I’m trying to imagine this shop in my minds eye before investing in things I’ll later wish I hadn’t. This isn’t a business for me anymore so it’s more about being comfortable in my shop more than organizing for speed and volume. I don’t have customers to impress or a boss nor employees to worry about so I have more time than money on my hands here, but I would like to set things up the right way.. I’m not really sure that I have an actual question at all, just looking for ideas more than anything..
Thanks for reading and I’ll look forward to any responses..