Woodshop/Garage MK II #1: Phase I rearrange

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Blog entry by bj383ss posted 11-27-2016 02:48 AM 1489 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my wife and I moved into a new home this past January. With our 2 boys growing up and the housing market here in Austin, TX skyrocketing it was time. We were in the old house for a little over 10 years and had some great equity. So the best part about this from my standpoint beside the bigger house was a 3 car garage and I built a 12×18 storage shed in the backyard that is split into a 12×10 workshop, and 12×8 storage.

So the 3rd bay of the garage is now the woodshop and it spills over a little into the 2 car part and the far wall of the 2 car has my wood storage and miter saw bench. The back wall is for all things automotive.

I set the woodshop up but I am not happy with where I arranged the DC and tablesaw so I am in the process of planning out a change to make that better.

This is looking into the 3rd bay. Everything you see here came from my old shop and is basically setup the same way. The blue tall cabinets in the left foreground mostly held automotive stuff I am moving to the Automotive cabinets and also out to the shed. So they will be emptied and the DC will go here along with the Planer cart. You will see in a minute I am a little cramped where they are presently.

Far end of the 3rd bay. My Lathe workbench and sheet storage area. I need to build a fixture for the sheet goods so I can make better use of the space.

Another view from the left side of 3rd bay. You can see the automotive bench and cabinets in the upper right.

Looking back towards the garage door in 3rd bay. The 2 cabinets on the far upper right are the ones I am relocating to the shed or getting rid of.

Main tool area. You can see it has to share space with my 64’ truck. The truck can be moved when need be.

Automotive workbench and cabinets.

Wood storage, miter saw bench, and clamp pegboard storage.

This is the area that is too cramped.

I finished hanging outdoor Xmas lights today. I plan to tackle the woodshop rearrange the end of this next week. Have to finish clearing out the cabinets and then relocate DC and shuffle around the machines see if I can get a better layout. This will require redoing my whole DC piping but that’s ok I am not real happy with the current setup. I put it together so I could use the DC while building my shed this past spring.


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#1 posted 11-27-2016 03:11 AM

Nice big shop … I’m jealous!

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 09:03 AM

This is looking very good. A great job and shop.


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#3 posted 11-27-2016 09:59 AM

But where is all the saw dust and wood shavings Bret in the beautiful woodwork shop come shed???

I’m sure the machinery is very lonely especially with all the time and effort you’ve been putting into the “ground up” restoration of that beaut Chevy Pickup [aka ute].....

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 02:49 PM

Super nice setup!!!
Been wondering where to put my builds I don’t need in the house, over the cabinets it a brilliant idea!!!
Not able to get up and down very well so will be mounting them to boards so I can blow them off with the leaf blower and air compressor without blowing them of the top.
Love the ideas that show up on this site, one of them why didn’t I think of that.

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 01:35 AM

Thanks guys for all the Comments.

Peter there is sawdust. If the pictures were bigger but the new DC does keep things a lot cleaner.

HTL I am opposite of you. I don’t have anything in the house. I need to build some shelving in my study for at least the train and the Scania truck.


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#6 posted 11-28-2016 01:41 AM

We’re opposites on both part I don’t have as nice a shop, all clean and pretty so my toys have been staying in the house but both me and the toys may be moving out there if I don’t get something figured out. lol

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#8 posted 11-30-2016 07:21 PM

You’ve got it laid out nicely

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