Shop Remodel #2: Storage

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Blog entry by rpete posted 02-09-2019 05:35 AM 383 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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One of the main issues with my shop space is the lack of space available and the need to share the space with other storage needs. One of my main goals of this project was to move the non-shop storage items out of my shop space to provide me with more real estate for working. My garage ceiling is 12 feet high so I decided to move all of my non-shop items to an overhead storage area similar to a garage loft. This required some fairly hefty framing to provide the support for such a structure. I ended up with more overhead storage than I had with the wall shelves that were installed previously.

I then took down the wall shelving and mounted some shop lights on the underside of my new overhead shelves.

Another major issue I had been dealing with was storing my lumber. During the summer I had started temprarily storing some sheet goods next to the furnace that’s in the garage. After a while, there was a ton of wood basically surrounding the furnace. We never use our furnace in the summer but as the temperature started dropping, it became a serious safety issue. I solved this with a simple lumber cart.

With the wall shelves removed and my lumber storage under control, I then painted the walls and installed a french cleat system. I only have one and a half wall that I can use to hang things so I installed the french cleat backing across the entire space. I used 1/4 inch maple plywood as the backing material, then 3/4 inch Maple plywood as the cleats with two screws in every stud. I went to work making holders – hammer and mallet rack, clamp racks, sanding cabinet, nail gun holders, etc.

I also was able to switch out the fence on my table saw. I sold my Incra LS on craigslist and bought a Shop Fox Classic W2005 on Amazon. I definatley sacrificed some rip capacity with the switch but the change allowed me to rearrange my tooling into the configuration I planned out in the beginning. My table saw, jointer, planer, drill press, and mortiser are all now in permanent locations and will hopefully not have to be moved very often.

Next up is electrical and dust collection.

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#1 posted 02-09-2019 12:01 PM

Nice job on the shop.

One suggestion is the lighting.

In all of my utility locations I use plenty of the 8’ T12 fluorescent twin tube light fixtures.

They throw gobs of light and will beat the heck out of the clip-on light fixtures shown in the images.

For the electrical, when I wire my shops I use plenty of 20A circuits, plenty of receptacles, plus whatever is required for specific devices. A local sub-panel may be handy.

Always follow all codes and all safety practices w/ electricity.

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