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Oak Park, IL 60304
United States

I have a two-car garage workshop with an exciting (read “pain in the rear”) twist: every night I have to park two cars in it. Where I live it is prohibited to leave your cars on the street overnight, and unfortunately my family needs two cars. SO…. I have to be able to set up and break down every single night that I want to work on something. Challenging? Yes! Ideal? Absolutely not! It is all of course a constant work-in-progress, but the main component is the rolling workbench I made from two cabinets that folds out for my table saw, miter saw, router, and supports one additional power tool. The additional tools are all mounted to boards with a french cleat system so they slide in and are stable. My garage is really, really tight, and I am actually in the process of tearing it down and putting up a new one. Once that’s done and organized I’ll put up some better pictures. I’m always looking for ways to squeeze out as much use as possible out of the walls and hope to get a lot of inspiration from this community. Thanks for looking!

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.


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Vladimir

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#1 posted 09-28-2016 06:10 PM

Very nice workshop! I totally understand your space problem,because I’m dealing with same one too. I also transform my one car garage into workshop and sort things almost like you :)
Cheers! :)

-- Vladimir , Serbia/Finland , https://fi.pinterest.com/simendicv/

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#2 posted 10-03-2016 02:15 AM

jordan you have a problem that is shared by many woodworkers here not enough space,but thanks to our love of the craft we make it work.the beauty of this site is no matter what you need you will find someone here that will help you.welcome my friend to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 10-03-2016 02:26 AM



jordan you have a problem that is shared by many woodworkers here not enough space,but thanks to our love of the craft we make it work.the beauty of this site is no matter what you need you will find someone here that will help you.welcome my friend to lumber jocks.

- pottz


Thanks pottz! I’m in the process of cleaning it out and taking everything apart to get ready for a new garage. I’m only gaining about two more feet in each direction but I’ll take it. :)

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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Matt C

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#4 posted 10-14-2016 12:48 PM

Hi quasarwutwut! Really like the usage of the adjustable shelving for the power tool station. Never thought about that and it makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 01:48 PM

Nice looking shop that’s very well organized ,shop size seems to always be an issue even with some larger shops,when I start complaining to myself about how small my shop is I think of the many folks I’ve seen on LJs that work outdoors or on their patios or even spare bedrooms due to the lack of a garage or shop space,then I’m very grateful for what I have.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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quasarwutwut

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#6 posted 10-14-2016 03:59 PM



Hi quasarwutwut! Really like the usage of the adjustable shelving for the power tool station. Never thought about that and it makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing.

- Matt C


Thanks Matt. Yeah, the adjustable shelving has been great for the “utility shelf” that I put various power tools onto. It has been less ideal for the table saw shelf and the miter saw shelf. Initially the flexibility was the attraction, but now I never change the height of those shelves so I plan on one day switching those out to some strong folding brackets instead. But for the utility shelf it’s really handy, particularly with the french cleats.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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quasarwutwut

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#7 posted 10-14-2016 04:03 PM



Nice looking shop that s very well organized ,shop size seems to always be an issue even with some larger shops,when I start complaining to myself about how small my shop is I think of the many folks I ve seen on LJs that work outdoors or on their patios or even spare bedrooms due to the lack of a garage or shop space,then I m very grateful for what I have.

- a1Jim


You’ve got that right Jim, I should be happy I’ve even got a space to work in. :) You do some amazing work btw!

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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#8 posted 10-14-2016 08:26 PM

Jordan that[s a fine shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 11-06-2016 04:00 PM

Nice shop! Welcome to LJ’s.

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BenM

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#10 posted 12-22-2019 03:28 AM

Hey Jordan, curious if youve updated your shop for the new garage you mentioned. Id be curious to see what else youve come up with as i have a similar garage situation and am still working on maximizing the space. Clever use of the swappable tool shelves.

-- -Ben, Fullerton, CA " It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are." -Wendell Berry

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