Work(shop) in Progress #11: Reorganizing Single Car Garage II - Machines are Resting

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 08-26-2010 04:17 AM 4043 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hmm… I thought this step would take longer, but after ~3-4 hours of labor and some sweat I was able to do the following:

  1. reposition short-lumber rack in a 2 tier (or 4 tier) setup to utilize what was wasted space above it before, also clearing out the space for the milling machines
  2. relocate milling machines (jointer, planer, shaper) to newly created space
  3. relocate workbench to space left by milling machines
  4. relocate drill press, bandsaw, and router table to space left by workbench
  5. relocate table saw to space left by bandsaw
  6. sweep and clean floor – yay I could see floor!
  7. relocate handtool cabinet over new location of workbench.

the results may not look like much if anything at all, but where the snow blower parks, and all the way to the end is clean usable floors! that’s a new for me:

There is still work to be done:
  1. setup electricity to bandsaw/routertable/drillpress
  2. setup DC for bandsaw/routertable/drillpress
  3. reorganize/relocate medium length lumber that is homeless at the moment and creating a bit of a mess (not TOO bad)
  4. reorganize/clearout stuff around enterance door (that makes it seem like the garage is still a mess – although it’s not THAT bad) – mostly it’s the medium length lumber, and sheet goods.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 08-26-2010 04:40 AM

Hey PurpLev,
A lot happening in there…looking good so far.

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#2 posted 08-26-2010 04:53 AM

Have you considered making a box next to the garage for the Snowblower?
Also a lengthwise overhead rack for lighter stuff would really save you a lot of space.

Mine are 3 feet wide and the length of my shop.

From new shop

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 04:59 AM

Thanks Bob. I thought about a rubbermaid type storage box for the snowblower, but I don’t really have any place to put it – but still working on it. As for the rack – I have a rubbermaid type shelving unit on the right side of the picture (white) where I used to store all the medium length lumber. I will either reposition it on the opposite wall (most likely), or add another one and keep this one as is for misc. stuff. your rack looks fantastic.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 08-26-2010 05:30 AM

Not sure how tall your snowblower is, but have you thought about building a box with an assembly top or something that your snowblower slides under?

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#5 posted 08-26-2010 05:39 AM

Do you organize your sock drawer by color, or thickness?

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#6 posted 08-26-2010 05:54 AM

michael – I hadn’t thought about building it honestly. might be worth considering, although taking into account materials will have to withstand weather year long, and time to build it – it may not be worth it. but thanks for the idea. I’ll put this into a design and see if it may be something I can do.

shimster – if it’s a sock, it goes in the drawer – I’ll find the matching sock when I need it ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 08-26-2010 06:03 AM

PurpLev, you is off to a great start.

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#8 posted 08-26-2010 10:32 AM

Looking Good.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 08-26-2010 12:56 PM

Hey Sharon;

You sure this isn’t like those wieght loss commercials where they show the before picture, whith a 50 year old heavy set woman. And the after picture, only three days later, a 24 year old women in a bikini, and looking mighty fine?

This doesn’t look like the same space. LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 08-26-2010 01:19 PM

Looks like you’re really working hard on it and ‘ll bet it’s really shaping up now. Keep up the good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 08-26-2010 01:38 PM

Making some good progress PurpLev. Reorganizing my entire garage and adding another circuit to the other wall in the garage is my next project before starting anything else. Its getting too cluttered and the more I work in it the more I see ways to improve efficiency. I have to give some credit to you and The Wood Whisperer Marc for opening my eyes and making me think of how I can use my space more efficiently. My biggest issue with space right now though is my lawnmower and camping supply cabinet. That takes up super precious space against the house side wall of the garage. In order to get the cars in the garage(occasionaly), everything on the side floors must be 18” deep or less, but the wall closest to the house can be almost 2 1/2” feet I think. Thats a lot of extra room that is needed, especially now that I have a lathe :)

Anyone know of a CHEAP way to keep a lawnmower outside year-round that won’t damage it? It is a very good lawnmower I just purchased last year after a cheap handme down finally died and I don’t want to ruin it.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#12 posted 08-26-2010 01:38 PM

It’s amazing! Before all the mess was in a copletely different way – I think…
It’s a long process to set up a good workshop, and you have made the first step, so congratulation.
I think also I would make a assambly table for the snowblower to hide under.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 08-26-2010 03:48 PM

Thanks guys!

Lee – I specifically kept the 24 y/o in bikini out of the picture as it was raining yesterday. but keep your eyes open – it’s coming ;)

Eric_S – you’re welcome. In our previous place we had to keep the car in the garage (first couple of pictures in my workshop page) and like you, everything against the wall had to be super slim – I had a foldable workbench that was hinged off of the wall. the only space I had for anything deeper was one half wall where I kept my folded tablesaw and drill press (that’s all the space I had). my point is – there’s a workaround for every specific situation, and is sounds like you’ve got things in control. As for lawnmower parking – I have the same thing with my lawnmower and snowblower… thats why they are still in the garage :( not the best, esp. since the snow blower is covered with snow/water/moisture in the winter time, but you do what you can with the cards given to you. if you figure out a way to get the lawnmower out – let me know!

Mads – yes – the mess was just reorganized to be a different mess now – the thing is. at least now I can REACH the mess, whereas before I could only SEE it :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 08-26-2010 06:11 PM

I found this link for a cheap storage box idea for a lawnmower :) I’ll just have to be extra sure to winterize it before I store it for the winter.

It can be scaled for a snowblower. I have enough of extra crappy plywood that I can use, so it should be fairly cheap(just need treated lumber for the base). Its basically just a box off the ground with a tarp on topof the plywood (I’ll probably use a cheap 3mil black lawn bag) . I may need to fold the handles down after using though to keep it small until I’m ready to build a real shed.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#15 posted 08-26-2010 06:56 PM

Sharon, good progress. Before long you’ll be knocking out projects with ease and in comfort.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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