The Garage of Chaos #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by Stevezilla posted 05-20-2010 03:40 PM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have it on good authority that my ancestors were woodworkers. I learned this just recently, which is strange because I have always had a strange desire to work with wood, even when I was little. At any rate, I hope their skills were passed down genetically.

Before I tackle things like building a new deck or putting up crown molding, or building a bird house (hey, I’m NEW at this) I think I need to get the garage under control. For some reason, the garage has become a default storage area for random things; furniture, old TV sets, old clothes, miscellaneous appliances, computers, rugs, etc. I think there’s even a screen door and a chandelier in there somewhere. It’s not as bad as something you’d see on Hoarders, but it’s a bad habit to keep things that aren’t being used. And when you have to park your car outside the garage; it’s pathological. All of it needs to go. I’ll build some shelves and keep the things that are worth keeping.

So for now… I’ll start with basic shelving while clearing out the garage.
Then I’ll start building an all-purpose workbench.

-- Stevezilla, Peachtree City Georgia,

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 04:52 PM

Sounds like fun.

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 04:55 PM

Getting started is the hardest part

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 05:24 PM

Sticking with it to the end is the second hardest part.

-- Greg D.

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 05:37 PM


I’m afraid you are perpetuating the problem. ”keep the things that are worth keeping.” No dude its ALL gotta go. You are going to realize very quickly that this stiff is taking up valuable real estate in your shop! Burn it! Burn it all! Or a garage sale maybe. You’ve got one thing, and its an AWESOME thing, going for you. The car is already parked outside. Some guys, like me, have wives that for some wacky reason insist on parking cars right in the middle of our shops. I say you have a spot that you can set up right with stationary tools and you gotta go for it. That other stuff was already out there because you don’t need or want it. BURN IT ALL! Outside of course.


-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 05:47 PM

There’s no room in my garage for for such things as a CAR!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 06:42 PM

garages are for cars…It’s a WOODSHOP…

-- bill

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 07:15 PM

Big job ahead of you! Wade in! I decided to set myself a rule: if I haven’t used it within the last two years, apparently I don’t need it. And if, in cleaning, I find things I didn’t even know were there, then I Obviously didn’t need it, or I’ve bought another one. Amazing how ‘things’ just accumulate and grow by themselves. Be merciless! You’re going to need plenty of wall and floor space, and that garage can become your own ‘cave,’ outfitted with the junk You want in it. Good luck.


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#8 posted 05-21-2010 01:57 AM

When I decided to turned my garage into a shop two years ago, it was one of the best things I ever did. The main thing you need to do is keep it clean, neat and organized. If it is a smaller shop you are going to have everything on wheels. Good luck and have fun setting up your shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 05:11 AM

re: wheels…
Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking today while I was cleaning out the garage. Everything needs to have locking 4” casters bolted to the bottom; shelves, workbench, etc. Completely portable.

How deep should a general all-purpose workbench be? Should I be worried about making it so deep that it’s hard to pull tools off the peg board? I’m 6’ tall with space alien-like arms. Right now, I think 26-28 inches deep seems about right, though I like the idea of one being 30” deep.

-- Stevezilla, Peachtree City Georgia,

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