Garage Workshop #6 in Arizona on a budget

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-13-2019 12:53 AM 589 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My last blog was the fold down workbench. Practical and along the wall of the 22 by 22 two car garage. Imagine you are in Arizona. They do HEAT here and its May. So cars will come into the garage: Therefore you are not getting half the garage for your workshop. Dream how to do it along one wall—about 19 feet long, about 22 inch deep to the door track and 7 ft to the upper door track. No 10 ft. ceiling here just a ft. above that door track. Now I have been in 2 basement shops, 2 small garage shops and one deluxe garage shop. This means I have the experience planning for space and arrangement. NOT experience in putting my toys away. Over the months before I got here for the May trip with new grandchild I prepared money and ideas and what are necessary tool ideas. What could I buy here or get into the car from home here ( drills, kreg jig, clamps, boxes of screws, hearing protectors, saw push sticks,etc.). Now these are not returning. With Craigs list I bought a $125 craftsman table saw, a $25 10 inch table saw that needed just an adjustment with stand, Bosch drill, $40 Workmate, $20 ryobi miter saw with stand. Harbor Freight a 2hp router, 4 clamps, brad point bits, steel bits, speed square, plastic folding sawhorses to give me another work surface that folds. I made a 2 ft by 15 in shelf slat style from culled wood from Home Depot, sprayed black for tools. All in all about $600 that I had planned on—still got my eye on the benchtop drill press. And I wanted a Bench top Band saw, together that would have been about $200 more. I tried a cheap Ridgid shop vac and returned it for the $100 model and was very pleased, this one the top can also be a separate blower unit, very clever. Now as you can see all this fits the parameters I have to work with. Along the wall and in 22 inches from the wall. I am starting 8 boxes for a base unit under the new water bed and will write that up in the projects. That’s why the extra drill and stands, even room to stand up 2 ft by 4 ft panels. And so far the 2 ft square boxes are going on top of one table saw—later this will change. Hope this gives some new woodworkers some ideas about budget and getting started…....I put in the last picture of the Shop I will be leaving to show you the difference. See my home page for some more information. Thanks Hal

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