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My workshop takes up about three-fourths of the space in my long (12' x 24') one-car garage. The garage is attached, but there is no door into my house-it was originally a carport, and the former owners built walls to make it an enclosed garage-but aside from the garage door in the front, there is a door in the rear that opens to the deck on the back of my house. There is also a window on the west side, and I've located my workbench in front of that window, to make use of the daylight.

Although I've been doing woodworking in my dad's shop for many years, this is my first attempt at setting up a shop of my own. Over the past year, with a great deal of support and understanding from my lovely wife, I've managed to cobble together some basic tools, and while it's not a "dream shop," so to speak, having a shop of my own is a dream come true.

When I started preparing the garage to become a wood shop, it had uninsulated stud walls, and a ton of junk (my car hasn't seen the inside of that garage in years). There was only one power outlet on one wall, so I had to do some wiring, as well. I hired an electrician to run a 60-amp circuit to a sub-panel in the garage, and I installed the breakers, wiring and outlets myself, including a 20-amp, 230-volt outlet for the table saw. All of the other outlets are on 20-amp circuits. I also installed some fluorescent lighting.

The garage is not heated (nor air-conditioned), although I have been using a small space-heater this winter (with limited effectiveness). I expect that the spring and fall will be the best shop times, although a fan will surely help this summer, along with whatever breezes I can get flowing between the back door and the garage door.

As you can see from the photos, my space is pretty limited, but there are probably still ways I can shoe-horn some additional equipment in, when the budget allows it.

The first photo is an view from just inside the garage door-the second photo is a view from just outside the garage door. (New photos as of 3/8/2011)

Tools:

Jet ProShop JPS-10 hybrid table saw w/cast-iron wings
DeWalt 734 thickness planer
Ryobi DP121L 12" bench-top drill press
Rikon 50-112 sander (4"x36" belt, 6" disk)
Bosch 1617 router, fixed base and plunge base, mounted on shop-built bench-top router table
Craftsman grinder (don't recall model, but it's older)
Very old Sears three-wheel bandsaw (Model 103.24300); works, but not great
Rigid circular saw
Ryobi 18v cordless drill
Rigid random orbit sander
Various hand tools

Wish list:

Dust collector
14" bandsaw
Jointer
Lathe
Scroll saw

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Helllo Doug,

I can't wait to see pictures of your shop! By the way I grew up in Lawrence/Baldwin City!
 

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That's a fantastic shop you have there, Doug. I'm setting up mine now, picking up ideas on LJ. Btw, I'm very mad I wasn't on LJ when I was going to KU two years ago; oh well, New Jersey is home again. Rock Chalk!!
 

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Doug, this is a pretty nice looking shop that you have put together. The windows are a plus in my book as I am a fan of getting as much natural light as possible in the shop. This looks like a fun place to hang out.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.
 

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@ladiesman217: Thanks, and good luck with setting up your shop! I like LJ a lot, too-always great inspiration for projects, shop tips. Rock Chalk!
 

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@Scott Bryan:

Thanks, Scott-I enjoy the windows, too-from the beginning I decided that's where my workbench was going to be. Gotta get some screens on them, though-Kansas summers can be brutal, and if I try to work with the garage door open, the wasps will drive me nuts :)

Thanks for stopping by!
 
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