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Workshop by Jay20650 posted 01-19-2011 04:28 PM 1417 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I am in the process of setting up my 2 car garage workshop currently. I finaly decided that I wanted to have a shop that worked with me instead of against me, so I am trying to do it right, at least more right! I am thinking about work flow, lighting, assembly space, lumber storage, tool storage etc…it is difficult to balance all of the needs of a workshop in a 2 car garage, but I am making good progress. I am building my first workbench, installing dust collection and trying to get the place painted. I just can’t wait to get back to woodworking! I’ll try to get some pictures of the progress in soon, especially of the Clear Vue cyclone as it goes up!

-- Jay,

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 04:49 PM

Jay, every body has to start a shop where they are at and work toward where they want it to be. A two car garage is an excellent place to start especially if it can be used for a dedicated shop. However, even if you need to park one or even two cars in it you can make almost everything movable with rollers. Take your time and just enjoy the process itself. Most of your projects in the new shop will most likely be for the shop itself. I think that setting up a shop from scratch is very exciting actually. BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 08:08 PM

Jay, I am looking forward to a tour of your shop when you get it ready for pictures.

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

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 03:39 AM

Hey Jay,
Enjoy setting your shop up…but…progress pics required here..:-)

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 05:00 PM

I have to say, I am very lucky, I don’t have to share the garage with any vehicles, it is a dedicated shop. The only challenge is that my girlfriend also likes to woodwork, so we fight over the good bits of wood lol! Actually I consider that a bit of the luck.

I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can. We insulated the garage over the winter, started painting it, and are definitely doing a lot of building just for the shop at the moment. It is a fun process, and a great learning opportunity.

One of our biggest decisions to make still yet is climate control for the shop. We are using kerosene heaters for the moment, and they will sweat you out of the shop! So we are trying to decide on a good approach to maintain the shop heating and cooling in the long run. We have a drafty garage door to deal with as well. Any good ideas are welcome! A consideration is that we both know this is an interim house for us, and in the next couple of years will be looking for a place with more land and hopefully a bigger workshop. Cost of course is the ever present driver behind the scenes as well.

-- Jay,

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 05:08 PM

Jay workshop pictures would be great.

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