Evolution of a Shop #38: Starting Over, Kind Of

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Blog entry by Cory posted 02-26-2014 04:34 PM 3978 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We moved back in October of last year into a house with a larger garage which meant I got a little more shop space. That was great, but with all of the household projects, renovations, and life in general, I didn’t really get to set up my shop how I wanted. I did add a 100 amp sub panel and numerous dedicated outlets before moving in but I basically just threw everything in the shop quickly so I could start working. Now, I’m ticking off the household projects and working on the shop little by little.

Here’s a link to a couple of panoramas of the shop:

The layout is pretty similar to my last shop. One change, though, is how I store my lumber. I hated having all my boards stacked horizontally on shelves, so I made this little soldier style vertical rack:

It’s a simple plywood platform and a 2×4 with some 1” dowels for separations of the different sizes. I’ve got a storage space for the rest of my lumber pile, so this is really just for the projects at hand. It can hold quite a bit of lumber, though right now it’s just got some lowly construction studs from my renovations.

Recently I’ve put everything but my workbench on wheels so I can move things around easily as things evolve. That meant cutting off the toe kicks on some cabinets and adding casters, like on my new drill press cabinet:

I lined the walls with french cleats so that I can move the wall cabinets around, too. Like my new finishes cabinet:

I plan to make a few more changes, but I’m pretty happy with the layout so far and it feels a lot like my old shop. I’d like to add some dust collection piping along the machine wall and paint the walls white, but those things will have to wait until I knock out some more household projects.

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 05:26 PM

We just moved and I have started setting up shop. I am trying to make it feel enough like my old shop that I don’t get confused, but not so cramped. It’s interesting forcing yourself to relearn some things though.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 06:58 PM

Just going through the same process myself. Taking things slowly to make sure I get it (almost) right. Good luck!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 07:48 PM

(Sigh) Something I need to do. My garage is a disgrace at the moment!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 09:10 PM

Wow Cory… That looks great! I wish I was 1/2 as organized as you. Looking forward to seeing your future projects.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 09:56 PM

It’s a pain, but, also very exciting setting everything up in new space. Enjoy

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

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 01:44 AM

Brian: It was weird setting this shop up. I kept finding myself putting things like I had them before rather than taking advantage of the new shop’s space. That was a big reason I put everything on wheels. I wanted to be sure and remain flexible.

Thanks, Jerry. I have found that when I have a place for everything it’s much easier to take advantage of the limited time I have in the shop. I try to group tools together (things that cut, sand, measure, finish, etc.) and keep all my stockpile of materials relatively low so I’m not wading through a lot of stuff searching for something. You’ll have to come by and see the new shop some time.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 05:54 PM

Very nicely organized and equipped shop Cory. I especially liked your drill bit storage, it sure beats my mine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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