Building the shop #4: As the garage turns (into a woodshop!)

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Blog entry by MrMeasureTwice posted 12-20-2011 07:46 AM 1996 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the weekend I made a lot of progress on the shop clearing out two more steel shelving units, leaving only one to clear out and move out. As part of the continued purging, I decided to dismantle my second Shopsmith, give away the bench (I love FREE signs on stuff – it’s how I get rid of SO much stuff!!!) from the Shopsmith. I am keeping my first Shopsmith, for now, but as I acquire more tools I begin to think that the 6 foot long by 30” wide machine is a huge space drain for its few uses. Right now, it will serve as a jointer for my shop, primarily.

There is enough space for me to actually do a bit of woodwork like building the bench I need as well as the “Lazy Susan” project that will hold four of my benchtop tools.
1. Grinder
2. Scrollsaw
3. Drill press
4. Belt/Disc sander

Once I have those two benches built, my next project will be the “Murphy Bed” for my table saw. Until I can get my hands on a nice cabinet table saw like a Delta Unisaw or a similar high quality cabinet saw, the little Craftsman saw I have in the pictures.

I have a lot of ideas, and I could probably spend two years building cabinets, storage, etc. and never make any “pretty” and creative things. So, instead, I will build the benches and other stuff I need to begin to make some fun, interesting and creative items, and in-between I will continue making some of the shop stuff I want/need.

The shop is fully measured, so are the tools, so now I can begin sizing the shop areas and see where things will fit best and give me good “flow” through the shop.

Here’s a few pictures of the shop area and some of the tools that will eventually be placed about the shop floor, on benches, in cabinets and so on…

East end of the shop – rollup garage door

West end of the shop – reloading bench right now…

Lathe (1951 Craftsman) & ShopSmith 10ER (1953?) on the north wall

Tools, tools and tools…

Next weekend, yes, Christmas weekend, I will be building the “basic” bench and will begin on the “Lazy Susan” bench too.

Have a great week and keep on making sawdust!


-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 08:09 AM

Looks like it gonna be a great shop & I’m eager to see it is fully organized so yo may start making real saw dust.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy this comming weekend and every weekend.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 08:30 AM

Thanks WoodWorm – I am excited to get working on the projects.

Kuala Lumpur – I visited in the late 80’s – beautiful place, exotic – long before the exotic towers that now adorn it.

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 12:15 PM

Looks like it is going to be a great shop for you. Can’t to see more pics the further you get it done.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 07:18 PM

Take time to build a good solid bench. I spent years working on plywood and saw horses. Finally spent a fair amount of time building a very solid (all oak) tressel type bench with a 2” thick work surface. I am pretty sure I could park my truck on it and it would hold up. anyway, having a solid bench to work on make things so much easier. Also spend some extra money on good vises. I went cheap and hate that I did that. Eventually, I will have to upgrade. As far as storage for other tools, that is always a challenge. Unless you have unlimited space, you will end up moving needed tools from place to place.

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 10:16 PM

Eagle1 – thanks, I am very much looking forward to the 4 days off I have coming up…

Indiana – exactly my plan – rock solid bench is a MUST! I have a plan to build a simple, yet very strong bench first. Then, the Lazy Susan and the Murphy Bed for the table saw. Once t hose are complete, I will build bench #2 and it will be the bench from heaven :-) I hope…
Unlimited space – nope, not here. I am looking at all options to maximize the space that I will have available. Basically, that space is about 9’-6” wide and 23’ long, so long and narrow.

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 05:21 AM

Well? The shop is a couple of weeks into the making now. My guess is you have started your workbench. (notice that I just said started) Thought about the lazy susan, scribbled out some plans for the murphy bed, then put all of that to the side in order to cut up some scrap wood. Well at least that is how I would do it.
Rule #1 You’ll never have enough space. I started with 1 of 3 bays in my garage, quickly expanded to 2 bays. If I had some place else to park my convertible, I would gladly take all 3 bays.
Rule #2 You’ll never have enough time. 15 hour days is just not enough time to goof off.
Enjoy your new shop and we’ll look forward to seeing some pics…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 06:22 AM

@boxcar – yep, one bench completed, second one is 85% done as of yesterday. Tomorrow night I will finish that one and the third will be built next weekend.

Desperate to post a project, I posted the first bench build here –

Thanks for the two rules – SO TRUE!!!

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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