Shop Setup #1: Before...

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Blog entry by azwoodman posted 10-25-2009 11:42 AM 2564 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently finished with a summer sales job out in Indiana and moved back home to good ‘ole Az! My wife and I were planning on buying a house this year and capitalizing on the tax credit thing. The 2 car garage was going to serve as my workshop to start building cabinets and furniture part time while I go back to school… But as things often do, plans changed. We decided that while owning our own home would be nice it just isnt the right time for us now. So, we are renting a little 2 bedroom condo with no garage to save our $$ for my tuition and become a little more financially stable…

Now if the story ended right now you would probably think, “Man! That sucks for him…!”. Fortunately, we now live less than 10 minutes away from my parents house which means that we also live less than 10 minutes away from their garage! As you will see from the pictures there is a lot of work to do to make it a functional shop but it has some really good potential. It is a 3 1/2 car garage that has really been used as a storage unit for all of the random crap that always seems to accumulate.


Shop Before2

Shop Before1

I’m on a pretty tight budget but luckily my parents are so excited that I am cleaning out their garage that they have hired me to do the work to finish the walls and get it set up as a useable space. My dad is also interested in getting back into woodworking and has agreed to go in on some tools with me.

Here’s a little video to show you what we’re starting with:

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 05:10 PM

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 06:16 PM

Have fun setting it up. Have fun working with your dad. I’d have loved to have had the opportunity, but … he’s been gone for 13yrs.

Tell your folks that … they need another ice chest ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 08:44 PM

You are very fortunate… close to your parents…....they agreeing to your using their garage….......the opportunity to have a workshop and most of all …...being able to work side-by-side with your father.

Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#4 posted 10-25-2009 10:03 PM

Your parents rock!

Looks like camping and / or hunting is among the family hobbies (LOTS of coolers and sleeping bags there…)

Finding appropriate space for those coolers is going to be tough. Best of luck sorting it all out!

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 07:15 PM

nice! i’m jealous!

i’d say, make one wall or part of it into a massive (dustproof) closet for all those coolers and other stuff. something like 4’ deep should do it, and make it nice and accessible. that shouldnt take much room and will satisfy your folks.

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 04:50 AM

haha Wow, that second picture down looks way too similar to my garage just about 6 months ago. I started cleaning my garage out this past summer to make room for my future shop as well. I should post some pictures of it. Lookin forward to seeing what you do with your space.

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 02:28 AM

Thats a nice shop, it will look good once its clean up.

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