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Forum topic by Duke6528 posted 09-10-2017 05:22 PM 641 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2017 05:22 PM

Due to a job transfer, I am losing my 2 car garage where I keep my tools. My current tool setup is a Powermatic 66 tablesaw, Jet drum sander 22-44, Grizzly 8” jointer, Grizzly 15” planer (sold), Oneida Dust Gorrila 2 hp, Powermatic floor hollow chisel Mortimer, Jet 14” bandsaw (sold), and Jet lathe (sold). I will now only have a 2 car carport with no 220 power except an extension cord ran from my dryer. There is a possibility of getting additional 220 plugs under the carport, but no enclosed storage except an 8’ x 8’ storage building. I am just a hobbyist, but I am perplexed about what I should do. I have considered going the festool route and getting all portable tools than can be stored when not in use (TS 75 track saw, MFT, domino). I do have a dewalt portable planer and was considering downsizing my jointer to a bench top model. I also have a Leigh FMT jig and a Leigh’s D4R Pro dovetail jig. I have wanted to upgrade my tablesaw to a Sawstop for a while, but am not opposed to not having a tablesaw if possible. My problem is any stationary tools would have to be left under a carport exposed to the elements. I mainly want to build furniture for myself and friends. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-10-2017 05:45 PM

It may not take much to build and tack up a couple walls to enclose the sides of the carport especially if it is wood framed but you’ll have to decide whether to install a door big enough for a vehicle or just to bring in tools and materials. Be sure to use pressure treated lumber for the sole plates and if you’re moving to a warmer climate, be sure to consider ventilation & humidity issues.

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#2 posted 09-10-2017 06:03 PM

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to modify the carport since I don’t own the residence. It is provided by my employer.

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#3 posted 09-10-2017 06:52 PM

If you get permission you could enclose the carport by using screws to hold the framed walls up the can be easily removed if you relocate again.


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