Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #2: Gears Slowly Turning

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-07-2013 06:33 AM 4354 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: "I Bought a Garage!" Part 2 of Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop series Part 3: "Before" Photos »

The… gears… are… turning… slowly…

Well we got the place, but that’s old news now. Its no surprise that the garage became the last priority. I moved enough of my basic tools to the new house to give it a complete face-lift, inside and out.

I did a lot of interior remodeling (trim, cabinets, paint, electrical, plumbing, added closets, changed out every fixture in the house, new floors, windows, bathroom remodel, etc) and completely re-landscaped / hardscaped the back yard (sod, rock, pavers, built benches, and I even poured a concrete natural gas fire pit)

So the house is awesome now. TINY but really cool. I’ll post some photos soon.

As for the garage, I finally got started. Here is how its been going:

Phase I: Garage becomes staging area for moving boxes.

Phase II: Most of the boxes get unpacked. Some basic tools move in to work on house.

Phase III: Several months go by and garage becomes giant messy tool box. No way to organize tools. Most of them end up strewn about on the floor.

Phase IV: Eventually I hang some second-hand cabinets and bring my roll-around tool box and sort-of organize.

Phase V: Life goes on as we gradually settle into house. House projects never really end. Garage still a mess. Eventually realize the huge storage potential in attic above garage, but ceiling must be reinforced first. Finally purchase 2×6s and OSB subfloor… let sit in garage for a while.

Phase VI: Get a buddy to help me hang the 2×6s!!! Get half of the ceiling reinforced and subfloor in place.

Phase VII: Concede that I can’t put it off any longer… its finally time to go to my parents and in-laws houses and collect 30+ years worth of stuff thats been stored in their attics, garages and sheds. Stuff they saved from when we were babies, stuff from our childhoods, college years, our wedding, tons of crap. About 4 truckloads worth.

Phase VIII: Comb through it all. Figure out what we need and don’t need. We can’t afford to keep ANYTHING extra in this tiny house.

Phase IX: Yard sale. Oh yeah. Epic yard sale.

Phase X: Organize whats left and put it up in the finished half of the above-garage attic storage space.

Phase XI: See garage floor for first time since we bought the house, get inspired, buy new table saw.

——-> This is where I’m at now.

Ok, so maybe its not a new table saw, but I found one of these:

Which is perfect for my new little shop because its got built-in dust collection! And I’m also impressed with how quiet it is.

So then I ordered one of these:

And one of these to save space:

Which will (believe it or not) replace this:

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I’m quite proud of it but I just won’t have the space for a huge dedicated router table anymore. I may re-purpose it as a miter saw table or assembly table however.

That router table is kind of a celebrity here on Lumber Jocks. It was the first of its kind on this site, and I’ve seen dozens of “Blake-inspired” versions over the years. It still shows up on the first page of Most Favorited Projects out of almost 100 thousand projects!

Anyway, I’m going to be getting rid of some things and making room for the bare minimum.

Here is my old shop:

The new (smaller) shop will have:

  • Table saw/router table combo
  • Miter saw
  • Band saw
  • Drill Press
  • 13” Planer
  • 6” Jointer
  • Small hand tool workbench
  • Tool box
  • Oscillating spindle sander
  • Sharpening station
Things I will probably sell:

...So if anybody is interested and lives close enough let me know (Santa Cruz, CA).

Anyway, its good to be back on LJ. I can’t wait to start building again.

-- Happy woodworking!

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 09:26 AM

Blake , glad everything is going well. Great looking router table, if I had the room I would be all over it. Getting a new table saw will be fun… I have been in the market for a while, I have it narrowed down to 3 now. I’ll bet the inside of the house looks amazing. Blondie and I are just finishing the front of the house contruction, were laying the sod say and we will have it all done….. Look fwd to sieening more of your progress…....

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 10:37 AM

No, not “The Blake Router Station”!!! If you recall Blake, yours is the one I made mine after. Seriously, you designed and buiit a great router station and someone will be fortunate to have it. Best wishes as your journey continues.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 12:58 PM

I liked your old shop. Congrats on the new place. Been a while since I have seen a post from you.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 01:28 PM

Blake: Congrats on getting the house in living shape. I’m sure that the it makes the home live better.

And now onto the shop. Good luck on the remodle and setup.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 02:15 PM

Yay! Shop ReDo. I love these blogs.
Nice to see you back at it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 07:56 PM

Can’t wait to see what you’ve done with your new shop. We need a pic of the house and garden too now that you have mentioned it in your blog. The DeWalt TS looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 10:10 PM

Look forward to see your new shop.
Sounds like a giant project, the past I mean.
I never saw your old shop before now, what a wonderful cave.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 10:23 PM

New space is always exciting. Look forward to seeing how it all comes together. You’ll be havin lotsa fun

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-08-2013 05:23 AM


We’ve missed you in your absence, but WOW! you’ve really accomplished a lot in that time. Great to see you back and can’t wait to see what your new shop will produce.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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