My Garage/Work Shop Makeover

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Blog series by MT_Stringer updated 09-18-2013 10:00 PM 17 parts 145348 reads 103 comments total

Part 1: What a Mess!

06-18-2013 04:15 AM by MT_Stringer | 11 comments »

I thought I would document my desire to reorganize my one car garage/workshop. My woodworking tools share the floor space with a washer, dryer, upright freezer and a hot water heater. The outside wall has a heavy duty storage rack that takes up about 2/3 of the wall. Another storage rack and the Harbor Freight dust collector takes up the remainder of the wall space. That leaves me with the center of the garage and the other long wall to use. After adding a cabinet table saw, an outfeed ta...

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Part 2: Cabinets for the Alcove

06-19-2013 05:35 AM by MT_Stringer | 5 comments »

Finally, I am making some progress. The first two cabinets are being made from A/B Sanded pine plywood. Since I am painting them, they should look OK when I get through. I forgot to mention in the first entry that I am using pocket hole construction to build the cabinets. No glue is used except where I attach the French cleat to the back of the cabinet. I glued and screwed it. I used this series of Kreg videos as my inspiration and I sorta followed the guys path of construction. I have ...

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Part 3: New Cabinets Over the Tool Box

06-20-2013 01:23 AM by MT_Stringer | 8 comments »

To prepare for the next phase of the makeover, I demoed the old work bench that has served me well for the last 20+ years. Fortunately, it was built with drywall screws and came apart easily. I only had to pull the 6 nails that I used to fasten it to the wall. I called a friend and he came over and loaded it up. In a week or so, I’ll go help him set it up in his garage. I cleaned up the area and painted the part of the wall that I could get to. Then with a lot of pushing and pulling,...

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Part 4: Adding new receptacles

06-20-2013 05:14 PM by MT_Stringer | 3 comments »

With my tool box where I want it to be from now on, and one cabinet set in place, it was time to modify my electrical receptacle. I have been using this single receptacle with a 6 outlet adapter for 20 years. It is time for a makeover! First thing I did was determine which breaker fed the existing receptacle. That only took two tries! :-) I even used a Klein circuit breaker finder but it didn’t do as good a job as I expected. But I managed to isolate the power. Since I am the only on...

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Part 5: Wall Cabinet #2 Build

06-21-2013 04:19 AM by MT_Stringer | 2 comments »

Today proved to be productive even if it did take all day! :-( I had all the pieces for the second cabinet except for one and I had to cut some dadoes in another. These were the cut to fit parts of the tray cubbies and the tool cubbies. I won’t bore you with pics of the front since they are the same as the first one I built. Here is the cabinet from the back side. This pic shows the French cleat and bottom spacer attached. Close up of the cleat. And the spacer. ...

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Part 6: Touch up painting and pegboard

06-24-2013 11:41 PM by MT_Stringer | 7 comments »

Over this past weekend, I finished trimming out the cabinets that were built for the cubbie hole. The way I applied the trim, the cabinets now look like one. I can’t image anyone wanting to take them down in the future. Also, when I demoed the old work bench I took the existing pegboard down from the wall. I found a new home for it! It is now residing on a portion of the wall that is adjacent to a door. It has never been used because there is only a few inches of useable space. I...

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Part 7: New Miter Saw Station

06-29-2013 04:36 AM by MT_Stringer | 4 comments »

My next part of the garage makeover is to build a miter saw station. I bought the plans from Ron Paulk and studied them over and over and watched his videos on building his work bench. So, I finally used Mikey’s Sketch pad to design my version of the miter saw station. Here is my plan. Sorry there is not a lot of detail in my plan but here is the jist of it. Build two cabinets that will be used for storing power tools and larger jigs and leave room for short cut offs 24 i...

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Part 8: New Miter Saw Station - Construction Details

07-04-2013 04:53 AM by MT_Stringer | 8 comments »

I have been working diligently trying to get this phase of the makeover finished.Here are some pics of the construction. Case work with drawer slides ready for drawers or trays. Top of the cabinet. The miter saw portion will bolt on to the top of the two cabinets. Laying out the templates for the sides and ends. Dang that MDF makes a lot of dust. Rough cutting the openings so I can route ‘em smooth using the template I cut from MDF. Two routers are better than one! He...

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Part 9: Assemblying the Miter Saw Stand

07-06-2013 04:43 AM by MT_Stringer | 8 comments »

As promised, here are some pics of the construction of the miter saw stand. If you remember from the first entry, I am using the plans from Ron Paulk to go by. However, I have made some changes to fit my situation. So this stand is kind of a cross between his workbench and his miter saw stand. Onward and upward… In my last entry, I made a couple of templates out of mdf to use when cutting and routing the parts for the stand. I forgot to include pics of them, so here are the pics o...

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Part 10: Kreg Precision Measuring System Installation

07-08-2013 05:33 AM by MT_Stringer | 2 comments »

With the basic components of the miter saw station complete, I turned to the installation of the fences and the Kreg Precision Measuring System. Rockler had their 20% Off sale so I snatched it off the shelf! The installation instructions specify the top track be mounted on a fence that is 2 1/4 inches high. So, I made a couple out of some maple I had on hand. I used pocket hole construction to attach the two boards together to form an “L”. Top Trak installed and ready for...

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Part 11: Face Frames and Drawers, Oh My!

07-15-2013 05:25 AM by MT_Stringer | 11 comments »

I finished up the basic construction on the miter saw station and put it in service. I am loving it. Using pocket hole construction, I built face frames for both of the lower cabinets. Note: All of those clamps might be overkill but they kept my stuff where it was supposed to be. Next it was time to build the drawers. Actually, there are two trays and three drawers. I set up a dado blade on my table saw for a 1/2 inch cut. That allowed me to do two operations: ...

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Part 12: Dust Collection for the sanders

07-25-2013 01:33 AM by MT_Stringer | 3 comments »

With the miter saw station almost complete, I had to stop and build a couple of coolers. Today I worked on setting up the dust collection for the sanders. It appears I will have room for a HF belt sander, the 1 inch strip belt sander, and the Oscillating sander. All three will fit nicely behind the miter saw fences. With the miter saw station in place, I have about 7 inches of room from the back of the cabinet to the wall. So… :-) I devised a plan to rout the dust from the miter...

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Part 13: Drill Press Makeover

08-13-2013 08:46 PM by MT_Stringer | 10 comments »

I have been really busy lately building a couple of my coolers. The miter saw station is working out great. I still have to make drawer fronts and install them and finalize the dust collection system. So, I looked around and realized my drill press was just in the way with no easy way of moving it without literally picking it up and moving it onto the work table. So, I devised a plan. :-) After browsing the internet and checking out projects fellow LJ’ers have posted, I decided to...

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Part 14: New Drill Press Table

08-17-2013 02:16 AM by MT_Stringer | 6 comments »

For several years, I have had a small bench top drill press. I made a table for it out of 3/4 inch plywood. It worked OK, but just wasn’t as good as could have been. When I upgraded to my current drill press, I transplanted the table and sold the other press to a friend. Since I am building a rolling stand for the drill press, I decided to upgrade the table also. I chose the plan from Shop Notes Issue #94. Features of this table include the following: large work surface (15×...

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Part 15: Under Table Wheeled Tool Storage Drawer

08-25-2013 12:00 AM by MT_Stringer | 9 comments »

I was sick and tired of my clamp situation. There is not really any wall space available for a clamp rack. So I decided to clean out under my work bench and build a drawer with wheels that I can roll in and out. I used whatever I could find to make the tray. The front and rear pieces and one side are 3/4 inch plywood. I had to use a piece of 1/2 inch for the other side. :-) The bottom is 1/2 inch CD plywood glued and stapled to the frame. I used a piece of 1/2 inch plywood to make a separa...

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Part 16: Mo Power!

09-16-2013 02:44 PM by MT_Stringer | 5 comments »

Yea! The electricians have arrived. They are going to run a dedicated 20 amp circuit for my 2HP HF Dust Collector. Last week I fired up my new Grizzly 18 inch drum sander and tripped the breaker. So, I decided to call out the experts. Now the drum sander will be on one circuit and the DC on a completely separate circuit. AND…they are also going to run a new 15 amp circuit to the dining room and kitchen. We have had problems in the past tripping the breaker in the kitchen especiall...

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Part 17: Table Saw Fence Rail Modification

09-18-2013 10:00 PM by MT_Stringer | 1 comment »

I am making preparations to build some kitchen cabinets, and hopefully, another cabinet or two for the shop. I needed more width so I can cut pieces for the cabinet bases 32 inches or wider. So, after reading Knotscott's instructions, I decided to modify my fence also which would result in the ability to rip up to 36 inches. This is going to work out great. Steps involved were: Relocate front fence tube to the right. Fabricate an extension for the rear fence Fabricate a wing to fi...

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