Garage Overhaul #3: Lesson 3 – The place I end up usually is not where I thought I would be when I started.

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Blog entry by Emanon posted 11-18-2020 05:34 PM 483 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Garage Overhaul (or lessons I have learned) Part 3 of Garage Overhaul series Part 4: Rule number (not sure anymore) - Garage floors are not flat. »

One obvious fact about my garage, I do not have much room in it. Because of this I do a lot of my work just outside the garage in the car port. This requires me moving a couple of saw horses, two short 2×12s which I place across the horses, my contractor table saw, some clamps and whatever else I discover I need halfway through my project.

I have a plan to try to put everything on wheels (something call ‘the Beast’ taught me this). So while I was trying to arrange (Ok I’m just moving things around) I noticed there was a bunch of wood that was taking up a bunch of space on the floor. I figured this would be a great time to make a work table that I could wheel outside and get rid of some wood that was on the floor.

My table will be mobile and modular. Mobile with the wheels and modular so if I build another table it would be the same height. I could move the tables around to my liking if say I needed to try to cut those large plywood sheets (another story) or rip a long board.

Using the KISS technique, I decided on 2-3-4 dimensions. It would be 2 foot wide, 3 foot high and 4 foot in length. I drew something up in Visio.

So I measured the first 48”, made the cut with a circular saw and missed by the width of the circular saw blade!! Really!! (I don’t usually type symbols but on this occasion I may have uttered #$&^[email protected]$*)
Looking closer to the cut, it also seemed a bit wonky.

SO, I built a cross cut sled out of scraps of plywood I had available.

I used a plastic cutting board for my runners. Cut them to the width of the miter slots and after a try or three, actually got the runners straight. Glued two pieces of plywood together figuring this would take out any bows and keep it straight. Using the best square I had I put it all together, then waxed the bottom a bit.

Took a while, it is ugly but it works.

Now back to the build.

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#1 posted 11-18-2020 06:31 PM

To me it is beautiful if it WORKS.

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