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I've been collecting tools and making small projects for about 20 years. I finally decided to do some work on improving the garage/workshop. The detached garage is about 21×40 with an upstairs finished out for a "man cave. I'm going to attempt to make a timeline with pictures as I get this thing going. The first project is to put up insulation and drywall with the intention of installing a french cleat wall org set up. Please feel free to make suggestions as this is an ongoing project.

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Great space. How tall is it? Unless you are going to surface mount wiring, put as much 12g 110 and 10g 220 beyond what you think you will ever need. Read some threads on how many circuits, number of outlets, and location of outlets. Your space looks like that of many of us who save stuff thinking we may need it someday. Throw it out. You can let the stores save it for you and buy it when you do need it or buy it used from others who let it accumulate in their spaces. I am going to my garage right now and throw some more "I may need this someday" stuff out.
 

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my suggestion is instead of drywall use osb or plywood and paint it white,much better for a shop than dw.for lights go with led's.
 

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Great space. How tall is it? Unless you are going to surface mount wiring, put as much 12g 110 and 10g 220 beyond what you think you will ever need. Read some threads on how many circuits, number of outlets, and location of outlets. Your space looks like that of many of us who save stuff thinking we may need it someday. Throw it out. You can let the stores save it for you and buy it when you do need it or buy it used from others who let it accumulate in their spaces. I am going to my garage right now and throw some more "I may need this someday" stuff out.

- BernieMay
BernieMay, the 1st flor of the garage has 10' ceilings. My plan is to run surface mounted electrical circuits so I can maintain some flexibility (planning on french cleats as well). I put in a 100 Amp sub. For the existing wiring, I'll use it with extension boxes. After pulling the fluorescent ceiling lights, and finishing the drywall on the ceiling, I put an extension box there to run LEDs. I've bought 25 8' 5K lumen Barrina lights, but have just mounted 2 temporarily so I could finish the drywall. Also, I'm on the same page on throwing stuff out. I gave away a full 16' trailer and truck of stuff and threw away probably a dozen garbage bags so far. It's fun finding tools I didn't know I had. I now realize I have 4 angle grinders 3 jigsaws, about 4 Dremel tools, etc!
 

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my suggestion is instead of drywall use osb or plywood and paint it white,much better for a shop than dw.for lights go with led s.

- pottz
I was originally going to do a plank wall from reclaimed pallets but after a weekend of breaking down the pallets and ripping them to a consistent width I gave up on that idea and bought sheetrock. However, in hindsight,
I wished I would have gone with plywood.

Here's my progress over 2 weekends;
 

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That's going to be a nice sized space. Sheetrock will help cut down noise a bit better than OSB so you can say thats why you used it. Later on you could do an OSB wainscoting to protect the bottom half if you feel the need. Or cover a wall you plan to hang lots of stuff with OSB.

I really envy the "man cave" space above the shop. I really wish I had one. At the very least a place to put a TV and computer for doing sketch up would be nice.
 

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it's lookin real good,your gonna have a nice shop when it's done.
 

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Great project , you already have a good size space and after your done, it will much more functional .
 

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More or less finished hanging drywall this past weekend. I've decided to add a door to the stair entrance and another door for the space under the stairs (this would be uninsulated spaces behind both doors.

Next weekend, I'll start taping and floating. That's the part I'm most nervous about, as I don't really have any experience with it and youtube videos will only take you so far! Wish me luck.

 

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That refrigerator had to be "fun" to get up the stairs. For taping and floating I wouldn't worry too much about it. Its one of those skills that just takes practice to do efficiently. As long as the tape sticks you can't really go wrong. Floating may take longer if you haven't done it before is all. Its not like wood where if you sand too much off you're hosed. If you sand to heavy just put on more mud. Ceilings suck no matter how many times you've done it so I suggest practice on the walls first.
 

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as for the dry wall remember,it is a garage.if your like me in a short time you wont even be able to see the walls because they'll be totally covered.
 

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Well, I got 1 wall taped and floated. Came out better than expected but far from perfect. I'll try to shoot some primer then paint next weekend and hopefully start building some storage shortly after.

 

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So I got a couple of coats of primer on and unfortunately, the tape lifted in a few spots. I don't think I'm going to repair it right now though. Most of it will be covered by cabinets. Oh, and I picked up a Grizzly G0400 dust collector off letgo and got a hobby laser engraver (at my wife's request). The dust collector will replace an
HF model that I currently have. I didn't really want to add more stuff into the already crowded garage while I'm still trying to arrange stuff but the deal was too good to let go.


Pic was taken by the seller
 

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In the several months since the last update I;

- Painted 1 of the garage walls
- Installed french cleats on the same wall
- Builts a cabinet/miter saw station hung by the french cleat
- Built a spray can organizer
- Made some clamp racks
- Hung my track saw rails
- Made a charging station. Batteries and tools are hung from 3D printed holders
- Installed a temporary window AC unit
- Built some uppper shelves hung off the french cleats

















 

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So in an effort to further insulate my garage shop, I needed to install a barrier to the stairwell. Both under the stairs and the stairs themselves. I framed up the opening to allow a 32" door to the stairs and a 24" door for under the stairs. The 24" exterior door is a special order so it'll be a bit before I get this installed.



 

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lookin damn sweet njner.
 
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