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Forum topic by ChrisGagnon posted 06-05-2017 02:17 PM 569 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2017 02:17 PM

I have a single car garage that I would like to use as a workshop. for now I am able to so small projects and post them on YouTube. my problem is with my limited space I need room for some tools Assembly table paint materials wood storage and dust collection and lighting for video

. the garage is 12×22 ft
if you have any suggestions for single car garage please comment on this topic. i searched and did not find any post in this subject. I am on a tight budget with limited tools. also i am not a pro woodworker just getting started and enjoying the craft.

feel free to look at my youtube channel you can see what tools I have been working with.
Thanks to all

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 02:57 PM

MINE is not that much more and works very well for me ….wheels are your best friends …....GOOD LUCK :<))


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#2 posted 06-05-2017 03:02 PM

I’ve got a two car garage and so many tools and benches that I just got used to tripping and falling down. It’s really the only way, but I don’t know if I could make a thing in some other shop. I love my mess.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 03:26 PM

I’m on board with Tony. Mobile just about everything on wheels. Lots of lights and outlets, too. Keep outlets above 48” off the floor so you don’t cover them with a sheet of plywood. Consider an epoxy floor coating.

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#4 posted 06-05-2017 06:44 PM

It helps to have every thing on rollers and it’s nice to have a driveway that is concrete and is even with the floor of the garage. This way you can roll some equipment or work tables etc. out into the driveway when you need more space. Good luck and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 06:47 PM

I had a two car garage but only worked out of one side so I feel your pain. I agree, put everything on casters so you can roll it around or outside while working. The other thing is organize everything really well so that it takes up less space. Also, try to put all non-woodworking items somewhere else!

-- gives woodworkers more exposure and therefore more sales.

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#6 posted 06-05-2017 07:31 PM

One car garage with a lot osf stuff in it. Everything except the work bench and table saw are mobile. And now I have a CNC to go along with all of the other stuff! I am building a frame for the CNC that will sit over the router table. The router table is actually an adjustable height work table with dual routers. I can lower it to about 28 inches, thus making room for the CNC frame to fit over and around it. That frame will also be on casters so it can be moved about as needed.

I have built a lot of projects ranging from pretty large cabinets to other small stuff over the past 5 years. Yep, I wish I had a larger place to work but it just isn’t in the cards.

Shelving for my most often used tools along with nuts, bolts and sceews.

Big tool box.

Cabinet in the cubby hole where the dorm room style frig sits.

Miter saw station.

New work table

With lots of storage.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 06-05-2017 08:28 PM

Yep. Everything on wheels.
I had a friend who is an electrician put in two dedicated circuits for me.
One for the table saw and one for the dust collector.
He also added several plugs around the garage for me. These share the same circuit.
Buy a fire extinguisher and a first-aid-kit.
Shop Notes magazine has a lot of space saving storage projects as well Wood Magazine.
I have built a couple of their projects. Here is one of them:

-- Chem, Central California

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#8 posted 06-05-2017 11:17 PM

Wheels wheels and more wheels. Also a piece of plywood or hard board put it on top of the table saw and use it for assembly.

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#9 posted 06-05-2017 11:56 PM

Don’t the extra spindles and washers and stuff fall out of your Ridgid oscillating sander when you flip it?

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#10 posted 06-06-2017 02:24 PM

My shop is 10×20. If you can keep the non-wood working stuff out of your shop you have enough room though it might be a little tight. The more organized you can keep your shop the happier you’ll be. Right now my shop is stuffed with material for a remodel project. Flooring, doors, etc. I’ll be glad when it’s done and I can have my shop back.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#11 posted 06-06-2017 02:45 PM

8×12 here & can make full size cabs.


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