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08-01-2012 09:52 PM

I’m planning on redoing my garage area (where I work in now) and I wanted to see what you all have done with your shops. I’m trying to get some ideas for I start designing and pricing it out. Right now, my garage wood shop is very unorganized, I need more electric outlets, dust collection, heat and a/c, garage doors converted to regular doors, and a few windows. I’d love to see some completed garage shops!!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 10:14 PM

a little narrower and longer. but you get the idea. this is 6 month’s old too. funny how much some things have changed.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 11:13 PM

My shop takes up most of our two car garage… say about 22’ x 15’, for now. It’s far from complete, but rather a work in progress.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 12:33 AM

The Shop tab at the top of the page contain hundreds of photos.

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 12:36 AM

^^Ahah! I’ve been a member for almost a year now and that’s the first time that it registered in my head that’s what it was. Thanks!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#5 posted 08-02-2012 12:37 AM

My shop is left half of a one-car garage. The pics show my hand tools, but my BS, TS, and DP are along the wall.

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#6 posted 08-02-2012 12:38 AM

You’re welcome. I think I’ve been through every one of them.

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#7 posted 08-02-2012 12:51 AM

My shop is about 22X22. I have a walk out basement, so its actually a garage under the main garage which is up above.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 08-02-2012 01:01 AM

My shop is a single car garage sized building, about 14 by 20 with a roll up door at one end. I don’t have pictures, but will share a few things that I have learned. Most of this is quite obvious really, but I am sitting here with nothing else to do so I will go ahead and type these up and put them here.

1) Put everything possible on wheels. My table saw, assembly/work table, drill press, planer and lumber cart are all on wheels, and this makes it possible to move them around to where I can have a large area of open floor to work if needed.

2) Make things as multi-use as possible. My router table is in a wing of the table saw, drill press stand has 3 large drawers, the planer stand also holds the air compressor and the assembly table also is my table saw outfeed table.

3) One of the most handy things I have is a pair of sawhorses that have removable tops and multiple boards with half-lap notches that I can set up for various size work areas, up to 4×8 to hold a full size piece of plywood. I use this for assembly of large items (bed for example), for finishing and for cutting, just depending upon what is needed.

4) Think ahead about the height any permanent bench areas. Even though the shop is small, I have boards that sit on the bench areas on two sides of the table saw (one a workbench, the other a support area for the miter saw station) that work as either infeed or side supports where I can easily rip or crosscut a full size piece of plywood by myself.

Storage is really one of the things that take up a lot of space. I have racks above two bench areas for lumber, a permanent cutoff bin that is about 2’ x 4’ and also the rolling lumber and plywood cart from Shopnotes, and I still barely seem to have enough lumber storage area. I will admit though, a lot of what I keep is stuff for household maintenance, and it is hard for me to throw much of anything away.

So, as usually my advice is probably worth what you pay for it.

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#9 posted 08-02-2012 01:08 PM

OK my shop was 20 by 20 added 16ft to the front an 12ft to the back… 110 outlets are 32in apart all the way around the shop..if i need to move a machine ,theres a plug….hate drop cords in the shop..even have cords droped from the celing…220 outlets are 8ft apart…5hp 80 gal air pressor is out side..plumbed all the way around the shop…keep the noise down…dust collector is also outside plumbed in keeps the noise down…..go to my home pics are there…shop…study the glad to help…


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#10 posted 08-02-2012 01:19 PM

I agree with all your points.

Like this:

So I’m still able to put two cars in.

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#11 posted 08-02-2012 01:24 PM

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 08-02-2012 02:00 PM

I’ve mostly finsihed up a slightly larger 22×20 basement shop… and I layed out a lot of options in Auto-CAD using a lot of “recycled” materials that I picked up over the years on the cheap/free (old kitchen caps, etc…)..

I found the best configuration for me was a ‘U’ shape set up with my primary bench and most of my stationary tools arranged in an island in the middle with DC going to them for the end of the ‘U’.

Then I have the cabinets (with plywood counter tops) and two aux. bencks, my air compressor (in a sound proof box), mechanics tool box and some tools that don’t require DC running around the perimeter agains three walls.

Here’s a screen shot of my layout…

I hope to post a “my shop” pictorial some day soon…. but the place is a constant ship wreck with mulitple projects going on right now.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 08-02-2012 02:50 PM

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#14 posted 08-02-2012 02:57 PM

Yes, Ducky, you’re shop is definitely better!!! ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 08-02-2012 03:21 PM

Grizzly has a great feature on their web site that is a shop layout planner

of course, all the machinery graphics are for Grizzly machines… but they are similar in size to comprable machines from any other vendor

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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