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We bought a new house back in August of 2013, which upgraded me from a low ceiling single car garage to a high ceiling two car garage! The wife wanted to park her car on one side, and I told her I would try to make that an option once I got the shop all set up. Little does she know that the shop will never actually be fully "set up" which is how I am designing it. I plan to use a "Freedom Cleat" wall system that will allow me to move every wall fixture except for the lumber racks.

The first picture was taken on the day we moved in. The garage had carpet on the floor when we bought it. I went straight from the closing attorney's office back to the house, and promptly ripped it all out! The carpet and hideous blue walls were the first things to go, and as you can see in the other pictures it's come a long way in a few short months.

I've since added a 16-32 Plus drum sander and DW788 to my tool arsenal along with a miter gauge and some other smaller odds and ends.

The to do list now consists of running conduit on the outside of the sheetrock walls to give myself multiple receptacles along all the walls. I am very tired of tripping over the extension cords I have strewn about right now. I also need to upgrade all of the lighting which is far from adequate to say the least. As my needs grow, so does my shop furniture so stay tuned!

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Nice setup. I wish I would of taken some before and after shots of my shop. I recently setup a new shop from an existing work space at our new house. When we first moved in it was full of junk the previous owners left in there, including carpet.
 

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Thanks Carter. I took a look at your shop, and I am envious of your workbench and shop location. I really wanted a detached garage or shop when we were house hunting, but the wife put that low on the list of priorities. Looks like you've made good use of the space you have, and that workbench is one of the main things my shop is missing. I'm waiting until I can make a proper bench before I dive into a project like that, but yours looks exactly what I want.
 

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Very nice shop with some good space to move around,I'm afraid mine is getting to tight to put much more into.You have some very good tools and keep things organized too,
 

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Thanks Jim. I love the added space, but I've yet to find the best layout. I've made a few improvements to it, and I'm sure it will continue to evolve. As far as keeping things organized, the pictures don't show the inside of any cabinets or drawers which would quickly make you retract that statement.

I checked out your website and shop photos. It probably feels tight because you have the type of tools usually found in a 6,000 sq. ft. shop! I plan to look a little closer at your photos in an attempt to learn a thing or two about space management.
 

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Be careful with the workbench. Once you have one handtools start to take over your life. You will start handplaning wood just for fun.
 

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It looks like you are well on your way to being organized. Don't let your wife read your comments though! I have a 2 bay detached shop with a carport on the side. My wifes suv is in the carport. I keep encroaching a bit more all the time into it with lumber and other items, she wants me to enclose it and I have told her that may not be in her best interest, because then I would have a 3 bay shop.
 

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Carter, what if I already hand plane wood for fun before I even have a workbench??!?! I might be in trouble…

KMT, my wife does nothing but make fun of me and my wood forum so I doubt she'll be reading these. Sounds like your carport needs to turn into an enclosed space, half homemade kiln for lumber and half carport… okay maybe 60/40 haha
 

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Your space looks to be a hair wider than mine, and about the same depth. I am guessing yours is 20×20? You have ceiling height to boot!

You are off to a great start, good equipment and a decent space. I particularly love the mobile bases, and the flip top stand… Very good use of space with those!
 

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great shop you have Sean.well organized,clean with a bunch of nice tools.i'm blessed i have a detached shop and don't have to put up with the wife wanting her car inside.she just wonders why i bring alot of stuff to store in the main garage from mine.lol.
 
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