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Workshop by dnick posted 08-07-2012 02:51 AM 2110 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I have a 2 car detached garage, that is about 3/4 workshop, 1/4 storage. Workshop is getting a little cramped. The router table, planer cart & clamp tree are all on wheels & can be moved wherever I need them. Not always easy, but it works.The band saw, scrollsaw, belt/disc sander, grinder & miter trimmer, are all mounted on bases & can be set up anywhere. The center workbench is where most of the work is done. The workbench against the wall was here when I bought the house in 1974. I have been meaning to replace it with a bench with cabinets below & above. But, 38 years have gone by…. Still have the open stud walls too. That original bench is full of gaps & holes, so from the beginning I just kept it covered with hardboard & newspaper. I mostly use it for measuring & marking, etc. The table saw in the front can be a real problem in wet weather. Fortunately this is Southern California. I can work with the door closed but can’t rip more than about 18”. Used to have have a pull up door that gave me a big overhang. You may notice the Redskin stickers, I grew up in the D.c. suburbs & loved the Redskins. Still do. No football team in L.A. Diehard Dodger & Laker fan. Some of my favorite tools belonged to my Grandfather and my Father. The chisels, smoothing plane, small level & combination plane have been in my family for generations. It’s a good place to work. The garage faces due west & I really like it when the sun is going down, shines right into the shop & you can set your workpieces on the workbench & sight right down every surface & see any imperfection, no matter how small.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 03:05 AM

Nice looking shop with some cool tools


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#2 posted 08-07-2012 03:09 AM

Nicely organized, I like it!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 04:06 AM

I would have no problem hanging out in your shop! I like it!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 01:29 PM

Nice shop looks like you good work zones everything within reach. Thanks for sharing.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#5 posted 08-08-2012 10:01 PM

I just looked at these again & realized that the photo that showed the Redskin stickers got left out ( you only get 6 photos) so I am not crazy & you are not blind. Thanks for the kind comments.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 07:41 AM

Good workshop.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 07:45 PM

Hey, a woodworker who lives in my area…

Great shop. I like to see the space so well utilized. Having the bench in the center is really nice. I am in a similar situation in my 2-car, uninsulated garage, but you have a 38 year head start, and I currently only have half of my two car garage dedicated. The other half is often available on the weekends. With a few projects under my belt and more time/money invested, that may change.

Two ideas:

1) Perhaps you could build a storage shed to make more room in the garage. Fortunately, our house came with a “gardener’s” shed that I may soon utilize more fully to make more room in the shop.

2) On rainy days, can you turn your table saw around and use your bench as an outfeed table? Just a thought…

One Question:

Do you have any problems with wood movement in your uninsulated garage? SoCal is for the most part dry, but we do have wet spells and humidity changes from time to time. I live in the canyons on the west side, and we once in a while we get a thick marine layer in the mornings and evenings, hanging in the canyon like a cloud until the sun burns it away. Not too often, but enough to make me think about wood movement.


-- Scott

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 08:45 AM

Great looking shop you have there sir, even a TV for watching your favourite WW shows!


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#9 posted 03-16-2013 06:49 AM

Thanks for the tour

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