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Forum topic by Aristocraft posted 05-03-2011 01:07 AM 1209 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2011 01:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: woodwork cabinets question

Hello eveyone – I am new to this form, have read post before but finally decide to join and become a part of the group!
I am in need of some ideas concerning building or redesigning my garage into my ‘official’ woodshop. We just moved into this house and the garage, 3 car!!! and my wife gave me the entire garage! The garage had a ‘workbench’ along the back wall – about to fall down so with a sledge, it was helped along – so I basically have a blank wall (s) to work with. I will be running PVC for the dust collection, building a 15 foot workbench with lower drawers, cabinets up above. I have never built cabinets before so I am going to give it a try…. just not sure if my design is accurate….. any ideas?

-- --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 01:19 AM

Welcome to Ljs
You can look under the projects tab on the top of the page and you can search shops under the search button.
There are some helpful shop layout programs on line too. Grizzly has one and I think Wood magazine has one.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 01:19 AM

Click on the “shops” tags on the top of the page .. it will deliver you to a world of different shops.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 01:34 AM

I tried searching under both and they don’t send you to shop photos the only other way I know of is if you look under the home button of the members theres a tab there for the individuals shop if they have one listed or photos.
here’s mine

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 01:37 AM

Thanks to everyone for the replies! It’s nice to have a resource to tap into!!! Thanks for not making me feel more stupid than I feel

-- --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 02:55 PM

Your wife gave you all three bays???? She’s up to something. Just kidding, first order build her something nice.
Your shop will change as you progress. I’d try to go as mobile as possible. Cabinets I would hang with french cleats so you can change if needed. Paint the floor. Radio, frig and have fun.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 03:16 PM

Aristocraft—There’s a ton of reference material here on LJ’s.

If you want to see what others have done with their shops, check out ... I set this URL in my browser favorites.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 03:49 PM

Check out the Workshop Book by Scott Landis. There’s also quite a few other workshop books, some ok, some kinda, so-so. If you have a used books seller near you like Half-Price books, it would save you a few dollars on those types of books. Otherwise, check on Amazon for used copies. Also, Fine Woodworking, Wood magazine, and alot of the others always have special issues devoted to “the workshop”. You could probably order back copies from their respective web sites.


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