Sharing some shop projects that I built that you may find of use.

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Here are some of the organizational projects in my workshop I built that you may or may not find a use for, or build better versions. I was only out for quick functionality instead of looks. This all fits into a standard 20’x20’ 2 car garage. When I pulled everything out this weekend, my neighbor asked me how all this fits? I told him it’s like playing Tetris :)
The shop needed shelving. I went with Matthias Wandel’s project of cantilever garage shelving because I wanted less obstructions. I need to build more of these over roll up door as well. As you can see, they hold mucho lbs. I would not use as a lumber rack but for general storage, they are fantastic.

Insulating garage door help sooooo much in winter and in summer. Had to use self tapping screws and general fence wire to hold each piece in because they started to fall out without some kind of support while door rolls up/down.

Foam floor mats and mini-pallet jack. I was unsure at the durability of 3/8” foam floor mats with printed wood grain when I bought these. Surprisingly, they have help up wonderfully. And they help the feet for sure. The price sure has jumped up. I bought 48 sq ft for $49 but now they are $65 range. Next time, I’ll just get standard black ones.
Also, I have 2 cabinet saws (unisaw and pm66) that need to get moved around for cleaning or repositioning. Same for my 15” jet planer and 8” jointer. I could of spent $150 each for some kind of popular metal framed mobile cart, but instead went with a $179 mini-pallet jack and DIY stands.

Thein Baffle. I have a 3HP dust collector so felt I could take the pressure loss of a 16” tophat Thein Baffle. I added a 45 degree angle along the bass of the lexan to help with no pileup along the edge and it works great.

I have 28 parallel clamps, thanks mostly to the ‘ol Jet black friday sales. All clamp racks I saw only held four at a time. Well, I tried 8. So far, hasn’t fallen apart :)

I knew I needed a lumber cart. Nothing special with this one except it’s just 4’ wide instead of 8’. Couldn’t imagine pushing this thing around being 8’ !!!

Drill press cabinet, combo sander cabinet, and miter saw cabinet. All clones of each other, except no top for miter saw. When you build things for organization, keep in mind you can go as tall as you dare. I have portable drills above my drill press, and my hand held sanders above my combo sander. Even put a 12 gallon air compressor and 25’ reel under miter saw. My roll around cabinets fit underneath my garage door. Miter saw…eh. the 4’ wings are MDF torsion box built. Too heavy so will do away with them and get something better.

French Cleat system around the wall. Use up that empty wall space! This is fantastic to build movable shelving and accessories. I put 2 rows at different height cause never know if you need to have something high or low.

DIY blast gates. I have 6” HVAC drops all around my shop (6 of them!). Would of been super spendy to get manufactured blast gates.

Roll around parts cabinet on one side and F / misc clamps on other side. This was a mistake though it suited my purpose at the time. It’s always in the way now :) I’ll have to move this onto the French Cleats soon.

The Jay Bates shop vac cart. This comes in sooo handy when I simply need a quick use of a shop vac instead of duct collector. I do not like my hose layout (floppy). Will have to convert to PVC. Also, will remove rear handle as I find myself just simply gripping the sides to move around. Rear handle holds the little vacuum accessories which I never use and it gets bumped into often.

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