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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
John, I see a lot of potential in your space. It looks like you will have plenty of room to maneuver around in there and the window is a plus as well. It is going to be interesting to watch the evolution of your shop.
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
Nice sized space.

Do you plan on putting in any kind of permanent heating system? Winters in Toronto probably aren't too much different. I closed off about 14'x18' in my garage for my shop and heat it mostly with an electric oil-filled radiator and spot heating with an electric overhead radiant heater. These help a lot, but it's still pretty chilly.

One big big big difference was covering the floor. Standing on the cold concrete just sucks the heat out of you, leaving behind some nasty aches and pains. I put a layer of dricore panels down and some rubber 2'x2' interlocking squares (the thin stuff, not the kiddie foam squares). This helped out a lot…it's far from perfect, radiant heating in the floor would be a nice luxury…but I suspect running it would get pretty expensive.

Some day, I may graduate to an enclosed radiant heating system run on gas, but not until I win the lottery.

Good luck with the shop….it's a fun time setting it all up….so much so, that I seem to re-do it on a regular basis. :)
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
Ian, I am planning to put in some heating, though I'm not sure exactly what I want to use… This winter I had a radiant propane heater, though I'm not sure that would be the best if I start doing more things that involve fine dust and/or finishing fumes. I had considered an outdoor wood-burning stove, as I can fuel that with hard work and some trips out to my dad's (he has 40 acres of forest and a good dozen chain saws). I'm also considering electric options since I can have multiple, and they don't generally stink.

This conversion is a permanent-temporary solution… I have a second garage that belonged to another house that has since been torn down (I own two lots). It's in really bad shape, so once it falls down I'm wanting to put up a Morton building of some kind and move my shop to that.
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
Is that a ping pong table I see folded up there? I bet that could be used as a finishing table with some plastic over it to protect it…

With a little organization, some electricity, some insulation and drywall, that is going to be a GREAT work space!
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
Dude…that is like a blank canvas…I can see a great shop in that space
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
I wish I had that much room. ( i'm jealous)
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
To be fair, The first stall (nearest) is still going to be the home to my fiance's car, and in the winter I would like to park my truck in the second stall. My effective working space is 19×22, but with both vehicles, it drops down to 10×22. I would like to be able to contain everything in that 10×22 space and be able to work in it with the freedom to back my truck out if I need a bit more room to work.

And yes dbhost, that is a ping pong table. That thing takes up so much room, I'm probably going to put it up on Craigslist next weekend. I would put it in my basement, but even fully disassembled it won't fit down the stairs :(
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
With some creativity, you should not have any problem containing everthing in that 10×22 space. That is close to the size of my shop which unfortunately also shares space with my kids bicycles to trip over as well as some other junk that always seems to end up in my work space. The most challenging thing to deal with will be dust control so that your vehicles don't get completely covered with dust if you try to work with the vehicles inside. When you insulate, I highly recommend installing some sort of insulation on the inside of those garage doors. I have one garage door in my shop and it made a huge difference in the comfort level in the winter after I insulated it. I used foam insulation board, cut to fit and then held in place using construction adhesive. It isn't high tech and it isn't pretty, but it really helped to keep out the cold this winter. I got the idea from www.diynetwork.com.
 

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A Loooong Way To Go

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
I like how you have two roll up doors on hot days the breeze can blow though.
This could be a great work space.
 

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Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
I've been doing the same thing here except my shop is only 10.5×18 feet. I put in a 2×4 frame & 3/4" ply floor to get off the cracked concrete floor which helps with the cold & old joints in my legs. My biggest problem is there are too many tools to fit in such small place with no real place I can expand into. (I have to go outside to change my mind….)

You should have a ton of fun building up your shop. Keep us posted on the progress.
 

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Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage's change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad's machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw.

So here it is…


To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn't find a place for. Over the winter I had it cleaned once, but a few hurried projects without heat meant it ended in an extensive state of upheaval. You can't see in this picture, but there is another garage door out of the frame to the right. The door on the left goes to the back yard.

I have a lot of good plans for this summer. I'm going to clean everything out, and get rid of all of the current built-ins. I want to insulate the walls, doors, and ceiling. I'm going to start putting up walls, though I'm not sure exactly what I want. I was thinking birch ply with vertical trim strips (like wood siding). There are new built-ins I want to build too.

We'll see if I can just get it insulated for this winter… any bets?
I insulated my garage this past winter in hopes of getting heat out to my detached garage. It was a pain doing the rafters (wanted to use ceiling for storage), but finally got it done just in time for spring. The last step was to install the heater which I did a lot of research on before making my purchase. If you have a gas line and want the most efficient heater, I would strongly recommend an infared heater. I chose a SunStar infared radiant heater which worked out great. The benefits to infrared is that it eats everything in your garage including the slab and that in turn gives off heat, rather than having hot air sit up in the ceiling. It's also helps minimize heat escape when you open the garage door. While it's more expensive than your typical forced air heater, the cost savings should almost pay for that difference in the first year.
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
Great job well DONE!!
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
great work friend. Does it double as a planer in-feed and out-feed as well?
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
newplane: It does… Rather, it will. My one mistake in the whole project came early when I was making the box. I glued one of the dividers on the wrong side of a line making the center section 3/4" narrower than I intended. When the glue had set, and I realized what I had done I cussed for a good 45 minutes.

I decided to keep the top opening the same size as the middle box, despite being the wrong size for the planer. I will have to route out about 5/16" -3/8" from the inside of each of the tops to get the planer flaps to sit properly.
 

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As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
Looks great. I'm sure your excited about getting your shop up and running. Have fun!
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
you know what I always say . If I'm not making mistakes then I must not be doing anything. It seems to have turned out great dispite a few setbacks.Good job….............................Schloemoe
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
Very nice, after checking out the site you mentioned I see that this is a very versatile addition to a shop. I will add this to my favorites! Thanks…
 

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The Ultimate Tool Stand

As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my 'chop saw' (that's for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife's side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We're getting married in September in our back yard and we need the garage space for food and some of the guests in the after party.

Luckily all of my tools are already mobile, but my mobile bases are thrown together and take up a lot of space for their lack of utility. For example, the miter saw stand I made last year shortly after getting the saw. It's basically a gigantic sawhorse that I made a box I could mount my saw to, and a moveable support. It's footprint is 8' by 30" so it takes up way too much space.



So, with all of my overtime I've been working lately, I got the go-ahead to build my own Ultimate Tool Stand! Now, I have to give credit to this page http://www.christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html for inspiration. I used the basic design, but modified the dimensions to better fit my needs. I wanted to make mine the full 8' lenth of my MDF sheets… Partially because I didn't want to manhandle and cut that stuff any more than needed, but mostly because I wanted more storage space.

Here's the carcass after the first two days of work:







I decided to see what spraypaint would look like on the thing… I've never painted (or even worked with MDF before) so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even using 'primer' spraypaint didn't work so well.





I gave up on the spray paint idea and go a gallon of primer and a gallon of flat white exterior house paint. After a week of painting an hour at a time in the evenings (between getting home from work and going to bed) I finally had it looking pretty good. This weekend, I built the tops which are made of mdf and plywood. I put two coats of poly on the plywood with sanding in between. I put the mdf together with glue and screws, painted, and let them dry. I mounted the whole 2' x 4' plywood sheet to the MDF boxes with screws. I then ran the whole box through my tablesaw to get the channels perfectly straight. There was probably a better way to do that, but I couldn't think of it.







I wouldn't call it done, but it's at a good spot where I can start using it for it's intended purposes of being an organizational tool center, and a work bench. I still have to make the center table piece which will be a downdraft table on one side and another set of clamp slots on the other. I will also be building drawers for the small slots in the top and a couple for the section in the middle.

Now to clean the garage… =(
Sweet job John. Early on I was told a good carpenter isn't one of perfection. We're all human. A good carpenter knows how to fix the mistakes that do happen. I went 8 yrs. w/ two main boxes before settling on the one I've now had for 15 years. ( plywood & formica ) I listened to the other guys that traveled around talk about wishing I had this…....good point….....had that….....yea….....done this…......I see….. . I gathered tools during this time and finally took, what I thought were the best ideas and incorporated them into reality. You know…..let them practice trial and error. A sense of organization is a good thing to have and your well on your way. Good luck w/ the many tasks you'll, no doubt, complete.

Constructively,
Stephen (Gator) Denham Springs LA.
 
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