The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act

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Blog series by captkerk updated 08-30-2010 10:03 PM 10 parts 60568 reads 79 comments total

Part 1: A Little Background...

02-07-2010 12:08 AM by captkerk | 11 comments »

My shop is in the three-car garage of my house and was always intended to share space with cars, bikes and kid toys. I originally planned to have the shop set-up in the single-car bay and park in the double bay. That didn’t work out when we first bought the house, because our truck would only fit in the single-car bay since that bay was two feet deeper than the other bays. Since we no longer own the truck, I decided to move everything over to the single-car bay like I had originally ...

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Part 2: The Before...

02-09-2010 09:11 PM by captkerk | 4 comments »

I thought I’d add some pics of the garage before I decided to do the great reorganization to give you an idea of what I was working with before. This former arrangement was a big compromise in an effort to still park a full size car, full size truck, and a motorcycle in the garage along with my tools. Granted when I decided on this arrangement, I had fewer tools. And I still had the truck (which I still regret getting rid of, but that’s another story altogether). So hereR...

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Part 3: New Table Saw

02-11-2010 12:45 AM by captkerk | 10 comments »

Any good workshop redo includes new tools and I finally replaced my old Craftsman bench-top saw with a Ridgid R4511. I got it for the clearance price of $499, but then three days later it dropped in price to $299. I was able to get Home Depot to honor the new lower price and I came away with a brand new saw for an almost criminally low price. The assembly was a bit time consuming, but the other lumberjocks’ reviews helped with some of the common issues. I was quite annoyed to ...

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Part 4: Let there be light! ...and lumber storage.

02-17-2010 06:34 AM by captkerk | 5 comments »

When autumn came and I started working in the garage with the doors closed, I realized how little light I have with the new shop arrangement. I started by putting up an eight foot long florescent fixture (4-four foot T12 bulbs) over the table saw/jointer area figuring I would re-evaluate where I needed light after that was up. Then my neighbor tells me he can get me some eight foot long fixtures from his company since they were closing down a factory. So I ended up getting 3-eight fo...

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Part 5: A shed?

05-25-2010 10:37 PM by captkerk | 7 comments »

Before I went any further with the garage, I determined it was time to get some things out. So it was time for a shed! It took my dad and me about four days to build, plus another few days to paint. It’s 8’x14’ and 9’ tall overall thanks to HOA restrictions. I wanted to make sure I could fit my extension ladder and I have just enough room for that, plus extra room for rough lumber storage. I still need to build a ramp, but I’m not very motivated. Th...

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Part 6: Time for more power!

05-29-2010 02:57 AM by captkerk | 9 comments »

I’m finally getting around to posting pics of the updated electrical work I did a few months ago. This was done before I built the shed, but I didn’t take pics right away. I added only two more circuits, but a bunch more outlets. Originally I was thinking I would add a lot more circuits, but I got a little more realistic about how much I would actually need since I would be the only one working in there at a time and it seemed that two additional circuits would be sufficient. ...

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Part 7: Drinks anyone?

06-01-2010 05:17 AM by captkerk | 6 comments »

I had planned on adding a work cart of some kind to the shop after I got my other projects done, but when my neighbor said he could get some old airline beverage service carts from work, my timeline changed. He was able to get me two carts with a full compliment of trays and I got to thinking that they would make a great cart if I joined them together and just added a top. That sounded great in theory, but they were a little too tall, especially when putting a top on them, too. So I decide...

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Part 8: A Little Extra Support

07-05-2010 07:01 PM by captkerk | 6 comments »

I finally got around to finishing an outfeed table for my Ridgid R4511 table saw. This is the first time I’ve had a dedicated outfeed table (or a table saw with a fence extension either) so it was really nice to use it for cutting sheets of plywood. I basically stole the idea from this guy: And he basically stole it from here: But this is what mine turned out like:. . ...

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Part 9: Getting benched and board (pegboard that is)

08-21-2010 08:10 PM by captkerk | 11 comments »

I finally got around to a little more work in the garage/shop. I started building a new workbench and I finally got some pegboard put up. First, the workbench. I wanted to rebuild my existing workbench to make the top a little bigger and so I could add a vise and bench dogs. As I was contemplating how to do this, a Shop Notes magazine came in the mail with a nice, inexpensive design that I thought would work well for me. Torsion box workbench I got started on it and it was coming ...

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Part 10: The workbench

08-30-2010 10:03 PM by captkerk | 10 comments »

Well, I finally completed the workbench. This was based on the Torsion Box Workbench from Shop Notes magazine July 2010. The construction for this was going along nicely until I inadvertently drilled the wrong size dog holes in the edging! Luckily I was able to rip the edges off using the table saw and make new ones. The top was sized to fit the mobile shop cart underneath for storage. Although it seems I won’t be storing it away very often, it is nice to have the op...

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