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My shop was born in 2003 when we built an attached garage onto the back of our 100 year old home. It was built big enough to be home to My and my wife’s vehicles, plus my motorcycle. And we also wanted it large enough so I could finally have a workshop, for both maintaining our vehicles (I’m a former auto mechanic) and so I start taking on remodeling jobs around the house without the burden of a table saw in the basement, the radial arm saw in the dining room and other tools scattered wherever they’d fit. What we ended up with is seen in the first picture, a building that is 3 cars wide by 2 cars deep. And just to make sure there’s enough room, it has an upstairs as well, which is mostly just used for storage right now, but has the option of being finished out if time and money ever permit. The second picture shows my current woodworking corner in the back-left quarter of the garage, which amounts to about 17 ft x 18 ft in size. It not yet organized as well as I’d like it, but it’s workable for now.

1-10-2011 Added:
I added a new picture including me in the shop (now that I have a camera with a remote control). In the lower right corner of the 3rd photo and the 4th photo is my trusty sidekick “Kdos” with his ever-watchful eyes to ensure I’m doing everything correctly. :)

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 09:33 AM

Hey Winger,
Now that is one nice garage and a cool little spot to do your thing…..sweet job.

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 02:34 PM

This is a really nice shop that you have to work in. Bummer about having to “share” it with the cars and motorcycle but I guess they have to go somewhere. :) I tried for a long time to maintain both a garage and a shop but eventually just got tired of the constant tear down and set-up and moved my truck outside. Doing this also let me have more room for tools!

It looks like you have organized your shop space pretty well. I like the wood clad walls and the pegboard that you have added to your shop. The wood walls make hanging shelves and cabinetry a breeze. The pegboard is an economical way to add both a wall covering and a means by which hand tools can be organized while being kept readily available.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. That is a nice lathe that you have. This is one tool that I wish I had in my shop. Whenever I see a turning project posted I can see the fun that I am missing by not having one of these. You did a nice job on the table saw center too. Adding the high fence, expanding the work surface and putting an outfeed table in place markedly improves the functionality of your saw. Nice job.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 07:05 PM

Thanks for your comments Splinterman and Scott. My organization has worked pretty well for me unless I’m working with some really long stock (over 12ft) which doesn’t happen too often.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 10:52 PM

Nice shop you had there, and very nice garage. Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 06:25 PM

Nice looking shop.

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 11:28 AM

Winger, you have a super nice shop with a lot of nice tools and equipment; what an addition to your house you have made for yourself and your family. That is a very nice shop space. You’ll get plenty of work done in all that space.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 06:22 PM

Helluvawreck, Thanks!

The space is nice, although half is used for cars, I still have the back half to work in (plus the cars can be pulled out to expand, as in the picture of the Walnut currently sitting in my stall. Wife wouldn’t be happy if I did that to her stall though… :D

I’m starting to get a decent collection of tools, although the table saw is a low end saw-on-motor Craftsman, it does what I need and has done so for almost 20 years now. If I were to add equipment, a large bandsaw would be first on my list followed by a full-sized Heavy Duty lathe since that’s the direction I’m heading in my work.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 05:37 AM

Great shop. Good job on losing weight, I did and then I gained it back. I live in NW Indianapolis, not to far away. Have you ever gone the Central Indiana Woodworkers on south side. Let me know & I’ll send you information if you want.

-- Go create sawdust

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 11:21 PM

Thanks Gary,

Good to hear from someone closer to home, I haven’t checked out Central Indiana Woodworkers yet, but I have been looking at Central Indiana Woodturners, and I already participate with the local chapter if International Penturners Association. Those organizations are more focused on my current activities, but I’ll look up the other too and see what they’ve got to offer, because I create more than just turning projects.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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