|Forum topic by OEFVet||posted 02-13-2015 02:19 AM||1281 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
02-13-2015 02:19 AM
Hey guys and gals,
I’ve been lurking for about a month now, and I think it’s about time I introduced myself (and desperately pleaded for advice).
I’ll try and keep this brief. I’ve always loved tinkering and projects, and woodworking has always been a hobby I’ve wanted to get into. It was one of my favorite courses in high school, and I did some cool things with my dad’s limited selection of tools.
However, from my dad’s house, I went to (in order): A crummy college apartment, an Army Barracks, a shack in Afghanistan, back to an Army Barracks, to another crummy apartment, before finally, two months ago, purchasing my first home – with an attached three car garage.
After long and passionate debate with my wife (that I lost), I was given one bay of the garage to use as a shop, with as-needed space in the second bay during the warmer months (I argued that she could always park outside; she felt otherwise).
Still, I was happy. Over the past few years I’ve collected some small scale tools (Jigsaw, Circular Saw, Power Drill, Sanders, hand tools, few other things) and I was about to go out and blow a bunch of money on a table saw when I realized that I should probably take a step back and work on the workspace first. Because as big as my garage is….it’s not really a place I want to spend a lot of time.
You can see the pictures below. It’s dingy and dark (the pictures are brighter than it actually is), it’s unpainted, the cabinets are non-functional (too tall and too deep), the drywall is pretty beat up, and it’s really cold and has no insulation or heat.
So I talked my wife into letting me do some upgrades. The problem is that I’m a little overwhelmed. While I consider myself fairly handy, I don’t know where to start. These are the things I want to tackle, in order from what I consider most important to least important:
1. Improve the lighting
The issue is my budget is maybe $1500, and some of those things (The 220v and the insulation, probably the drywalling too) I would have to have someone else do, which won’t be cheap.
Sorry, this is getting longer than I intended. I’m looking for some advice from the guys who have done this before, and any offered is much appreciated. So if you were me, where would you start?
Below you’ll find some pictures, including my first project: A 2×4 shelf for my wife. Nothing fancy and it’s not pretty, but it’s level and sturdy. This weekend I’ll be working on a workbench.
(Forgive the mess, we’re still settling in)