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11-02-2010 04:05 AM

My wife has this crazy idea that a garage is used for parking vehicles. When we first bought our house the first thing I thought was “Wow look at the size of the wood shop attached to the house”. I guess we weren’t on the same page. So now that I’ve been downgraded to only half the garage I have to be creative with saving space. So I was wondering if any of you have some good ideas you use or maybe some pictures to share of some creative space savers.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 04:19 AM

Put a panel saw right in the spot where a vehicle would normally park. That’s when my garage became permanently known as shop. My problem, it’s my truck that now sits out in the cold.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 04:41 AM

Own the home before you get married in the first place. It’s a LOT harder for her to boot you out of a space that was already yours to begin with…

Okay seriously though, you might want to consider building a dedicated outbuilding for a shop… Best way to keep the cars and the power tools from having conflicts…

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 04:41 AM

here is what i would do…i would put a sander next to her car and start sanding something and get dust all over her car..that will keep her out of the shop…steve

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 04:42 AM

I wouldn’t go there. The cost is back-breaking.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 04:47 AM

There’s these kids who keep wanting to put their bikes and hockey nets and sports equipment etc. in my garage.
Sometimes they even want to use my tools!!!
I hope their owners come and take them away soon :)
oh ok, not really

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 04:52 AM

Since when do the women get the garage too? I ran into this when I set up my first shop in my two stall garage. Before I had the shop set up my wife would park her car in there during the winter months. With my lawn tractor and other things there was only room for her car. I had no problem with this. Well when I started setting up my shop she asked me if she would still be able to park her car in there for the winter and I said NO. Its not just the space, its the slush and water that the car brings in after driving in the snow. Also the snow would have a lot of salt from the roads. This will melt and make its way over to my tools, work bench and make a mess of everything. My wife can do what she wants with any room in our house and I have no problem with it but the garage is my place. What is she going to do? Leave me because she cant park in the garage? If that was the case then I have the WHOLE house to myself! :)

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 11-02-2010 05:08 AM

In 1986, we bought an Eddie Bauer Ford Bronco for SWMBO that wouldn’t fit under the tip-up style garage door we had at the time. I sorta “forgot” how to adjust the opener to give the necessary 2” of clearance, and the garage became mine. There hasn’t been a car in my shop for 24 years, now. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 05:23 AM

I’m in the same boat as you LocalMac. The two things that probably save me the most space are:

1. I put my bench and tablesaw back-to-back (I have a cabinet saw) so that the bench doubles as an outfeed table.

2. Everything in my shop has drawers or shelves in it…from the bench to the router table. The tablesaw’s extension table has tools underneath that too. Don’t be afraid to build cabinets or shelves and hang them on the wall. Pegboard is your friend.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 05:26 AM

I’m going to try and hold off as long as I can but I know as soon as the first snowflake falls I’m going to lose the battle. My only hope is the fact that she drives a company car and they pay for the gas so it can warm up all morning. And I work from home so I don’t really drive my truck much.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 06:06 AM

Hey what’s this about “since when do women get the garage” – Dan!! ???
Anyway apart from that either build a carport then the car wont have a problem in winter (as much anyway) or slowly by more large “neccesity” tools! You just take it over bit by bit!! ;-)

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 04:01 PM

I’ve never had a car in a garage in 38-1/2 years due to all the junk we have accumulated- toys, bikes, boxes of stuff, etc. However…..........the garage we have now is full of stuff but I can rearrange things to build a partition for a shop; no sawdust all over everything! Her pickup truck is too big to fit! Yes, I said “her.” This is her second one! Real women drive a pickup!

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 04:17 PM

If momma ain’t happy…..nobody is happy

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 04:18 PM

The first thing I tend to do is put wheels on one end of all my tools, and handles of some sort on the other
end. Starting from the front left is my rolling tool box next to my table saw, the Dewalt scroll saw, the rack
with the road and mountain bikes on it, the DeWalt planer, a small walk way then the Craftsman shaper and
Delta 6”jointer. Front dead center is a workbench then going down the right side is a old Delta 12” lathe, the
dust cyclone, compressor, large bandsaw then the shopsmith used for the small bandsaw and drilll press. The
compact pickup fits easily and my wife’s Caravan fits rather snuggly on her side. One of these days I hope to
build a shop, but I am not holding my breath. Good luck on your shop. The dust collector, the monster in
the closet, is in a shed behind the garage.

As ever, the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 11-02-2010 04:30 PM

We have removed the word garage from our household vocabulary list… it is now “The Shop”

I am extremely lucky to have a bride who is my biggest fan and supporter. She was in no way thrilled about loosing the warm garage for her car, but totally understands why the room is needed. We are planning on selling the home in roughly 5 years or so and with this slight inconvenience for her it has insured me a “legit” shop upon our next home purchase…. “Double Score!!!!”

My word of advice is get her involved in what you do, why you need the space, and what you plan on doing in it. i found the better the communication the better the understanding. Just something I have grown to learn over the years.

Until then I did see a killer fully mobile shop on Fine Woodworking. If you have a subscription (they have temporary ones you can try the site out with) go check out the videos.. Then workshop... Then shop tours... Then look for ”Two Cars & A Workbench” (this link will get you close Two Cars & A Workbench )
Very helpful ideas there…

Hope this helps and good luck!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 11-02-2010 04:36 PM

Okay other than the sarcastic, you might want to check out my shop page I have a couple of ideas there that might help you out… There are also a couple of things in there NOT to do if you are limited to one bay of a 2 car garage…

In particular look at the tool stacker setup, I simply take each tool as needed on its mounting plate, and clamp it to my workbench to use it. Likewise the router wing in the table saw saves a ton of space. On the flip side the 72” fence rails for my table saw tend to gobble up space pretty fast…

Mind you, a LOT is going to depend on what tools and equipment you have, but there are some key things to keep in mind…

#1. Keep it mobile. Tool stackers, and mobile bases are your friends. Nurture those relationships… #2. Minimize the amounts of cutoffs, sheet goods, and non shop related stuff in your shop space. #3. Get a portable awning (EZup is one brand name) that will help you expand your workable space into the driveway without having the sun beat down on your, and offer some rain protection… I set my miter saw up under the EZup, and just let the dust and chips fly! #4. See those walls? They can be used for storage. Find ways to maximize your wall storage with cabinets and proper racks… #5. Look up. I don’t have much up there, but consider using the ceiling to house infrequently used items like push poles for paint rollers. Maybe even for lumber, or dowel storage.

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