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Very much a work in progress for this newbie woodworker. We have a two car garage and I have been able to persuade my better half to allow me to convert one bay to a workshop. For now I have a workbench, bench drill press, 2 miter saws (8" and 10" sliding), a Dremel scroll saw and a classic Beaver 3200 table saw mounted on a prefab metal stand with the legs cut down to suit my height in the chair.

I also have the beginnings of power and manual hand tool collection - the most notable is my Triton 2.25 router. I am also in the final stages of a CNC router machine which uses a Ridgid laminate trimmer. This can be seen in first photo.

Upcoming shop projects are a shelf/storage rack for the drill press which I picked up the materials and hardware this weekend. However before I start that I need to put a crosscut sled together. Also hoping to get a router 'table' which sits in bench front vise and a more elaborate table saw station together and a miter saw station. The drill press stand will fasten directly to wall while saw stations will be on casters to move around the small area I have to work with.

I have finished a clamp rack which can be seen in the third photo.

All the photos are taken from the top of my wheelchair lift which sits about 4 feet above the garage floor. This shop will be OK for 3 seasons but essentially unusable in winter at least this year. Will consider some sort of heating plus upgraded electrical supply (sub panel) and lighting for next year.

Cheers, Dave

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I like where your going with this…......
 

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Dave, this looks like you are off to a pretty nice start on your shop. It appears to be well organized and you have plenty of working room in there. I think it is a wonderful gesture on your part in allowing your wife to use the other half of your shop to park her vehicle. I can empathize with you in that respect. I have often said that I am glad we added a garage in the basement that I later converted into my shop. I can guarantee you that if I had to try to annex my wife's garage for shop space I would be outside in the weather before her vehicle would be.

Thanks for the photos. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.
 

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Thanks guys.

Scott, in the summer months we don't park any cars in the garage. Leave it open for bikes, golf clubs, gardening stuff, lawn mower, etc. However come late fall and start of winter we put one car in the garage…........ mine. Getting in and out of my car from the wheelchair is a pain in the butt when it is snowing, well below freezing, in the dark, etc for this Canadian. So my car goes in and my wife's stays out. What can I say, she's a saint.
 

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Dave,
You're off to a great start. Anything I can do to help you let em know. Sure sounds like you have your wife well trained. lol

It takes a special woman to stick by us when we wind up in one of these chairs. Be sure to give her a big hug for us. Best wishes to you and your family. Rand
 

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I see evidence you are already encroaching on the other side of the garage. Welcome and sounds like a great start.
 

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Thanks Rand for the welcome. I'm sure there will be times I'm asking a lot of "how do you do this?" questions.

Norm, the other side of the garage is my side so if I continue to encroach upon it I'm the guy who is out of luck come winter. Believe me being in a chair and having to park outside is not an option in a Canadian winter. It will need to be rearranged come late October and I will likely look for a way to get the CNC and computer back in basement.

Dave
 
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