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Welcome to DADOO’s LAB. Hope you enjoy your visit.

I’ve been designing and rebuilding this multi-use garage/shop for seven years now. My biggest requirement is keeping it compact so we can still park two cars if necessary. Everything must also be kept off the floor to protect from water and melting slush, so the bench legs are pressure treated and designed to be fairly easily replaced if necessary. It’s 24’x24’ with a 10’ high ceiling. The ceiling joices are manufactured I-beam type and strong enough to add a separate room up there. I use it for wood storage though. I wired the shop for 100amp service and have some 220volt outlets. Everything else is on ground fault breakers. The house is heated with a oil fired boiler, so it was easy to design it for a separate garage zone for winter heat.

We do it all here…Welding, woodworking, electronics and electrical repair, auto repair, monster design, washing the dog, grilling and steaming, BSing, etc. There’s even a ‘fridge full of beer and soda for those off times!

I still want to paint the walls and shelves all white but doubt if I ever will. Just too busy with everything else. I have recently replaced the metal card file cabinets with plastic bins for increased storage. The new bins are from Akromils, 18” long by 4” wide…They hold a ton of screws!

The shelves are 2’ deep and made from OSB. The fronts are supported thru the ceiling with 3/8” threaded rod and the backs are screwed to the wall studs. The top of the rod goes thru a 2×4, fender washer and double nutted, which is supported by the ceiling joists. The rods should be placed every 4’ for support. They do support a lot of weight too.

The rolling bench serves as a storage unit for almost all of my power tools. The top is a 2’ wide, 1 1/2” thick piece of plywood made up of two pieces of floor grade (CDX)3/4” plywood. Very strong and easily replacable if it gets chewed up. I have specific holes drilled into it for lag screws to fasten my planer and bandsaw. I’ve also drilled holes for rubber capped dowel pins that serve as benchdogs. It makes a great assembly bench. Someday I’d like to replace it with the same design, but nicer hardwoods. The cabinets are on their way out too. I’ve recently wanted more space and better tool storage so bigger cabinets are in the future picture. Like I said earlier, I’ve been designing and rebuilding for…(sigh) awhile! Someday I just gotta finish right?

The top of my workbench is now 1/4” hardboard…an idea I got while watching New Yankee Workshop. It has a 1/2” underlayment of OSB. Again…easily replaceable should it get chewed up.
The sheet goods woodrack is hinged to the wall and on a heavy duty caster. It only sticks out 8” when against the wall. I’ve got a lot of compliments on this “combination” of ideas…This rack is the culmination of three wood storage articles put together.

I’ve also recently added a scrap bin to the left side. We enjoy camping and this will be a great place to store kindling and firewood. I’m going to be building a better bin for the newspapers too. Here in NY we recycle everything separately. Since I’m living out in the boonies, we’re allowed to burn too, so a lot of salvage goes into a yearly bonfire party. We don’t burn anything but paper and brush though, there’s enough pollution in the air already.

And the last picture…Guess who? That’s a 1927 Sargent #714 Jack plane I recently refinished. Man, it cuts some nice shavings too.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 08:29 PM

the hinged wood rack is brilliant!
Everything looks so organized and tidy!! Well done.

(Ps. I live 1/2 hour or so away from Norwich and Cortland as well—just the Ontario versions. I love how town with similar names are found together in different parts of the world.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-12-2007 06:38 AM

Very nice shop. Wish my were as well organized.

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

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#3 posted 11-27-2007 04:16 AM

Dadoo: Great looking shop. Nice that you are able to do all that you do and still park 2 cars in there.

If you had a dedicated shop you’d probably get sloppy like the rest of us.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-04-2007 01:59 AM

nice shop!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 06:04 AM

Very nice! You have some clever ideas. Mind if I borrow some?
I like the card files. I’d trade you for ‘em if you were closer!

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#6 posted 01-06-2008 05:59 PM

Dadoo, Love the shop. Very organized looking. Curious how wide is the Sheet bin you have there and does it hold a good amount?


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 01-06-2008 06:47 PM


Have you ever used your shop?


Gosh it needs sawdust and clutter.

Remind me never to show you mine.

I am feeling guilty now and heading out to clean mine up.

-- Dusty

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#8 posted 03-15-2008 09:54 PM

That is a great shop, thanks for sharing

-- Dulcimer man

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#9 posted 03-16-2008 05:15 AM

Dadoo: You have more control than I do. I haven’t parked a car in the garage for… well, ever! Good thing you have beer’s in the fridge, it’ll keep you away from that Georgetown Inn which I had been known frequent back in the day ;) Good grub too :)

-- Tom, Central New York

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#10 posted 03-16-2008 05:50 AM

Love the rolling plywood storage. How about some more details on it????

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 11:41 PM

Very organized. Right now I’m trying to see how much stuff I can pile on the top box of a roll around tool box.
Is that workbench purple heart? ;]

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#12 posted 04-09-2008 02:17 PM

Hi Dadoo,

I know that I have been here before and commented on your shop (or at least I thought I had. Chalk it up to a senior moment). Your shop it too clean!!! I love the color coordination between the bench and cabinets. I assume that it is simply paint and it is certainly an attention getting detail. Nice signature on the vice too. You have a nice shop and a good set of tools to work with.

Thanks for the “lab” tour. I, personally, love both labs and shops. I have enjoyed this.

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

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#13 posted 03-13-2009 04:28 AM

Nice work!

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#14 posted 02-01-2010 06:47 AM

Very nice and tidy shop. A lot more room than what I’ve got.

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#15 posted 03-18-2010 01:41 PM

Great shop with some fantastic storage ideas. I especially like the hinged sheet storage.

Great job

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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