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05-11-2015 08:15 PM

Hi Lumberjocks!!

My name is Tim and I live in Beaverton OR. More importantly, I use 1/2 of a 2 car garage as my shop. We just bought this home last year so I’m slowly collecting big tools and organizing my small shop for maximum efficiency. It’s rough!

Any pointers would be helpful and appreciated! Also, where can I get a bumper sticker that shows a saw making dust that says “I’d rather be dusting!”?

I’d rather be dusting,

-- Gazould

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 11:46 PM

Welcome, Gazould! You can have the bumper sticker made at any printer.

My niece lives in Beaverton, and I spent many years on Corvallis and Salem.

Don’t whack yourself in the head with a rubber mallet to see if it really hurts.

Don’t put your fingers on sharp spinning blades to slow the blade down.

Don’t tell the wife that you want a new tool.
Just mention to her that if you had such a tool, the project she wanted you to do 6 months ago would be so much easier to finish!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 12:36 AM

Welcome Welcome Tim.

I wish I had any tips for setting up your shop. I seem to spend more time on my shop than anything else. The work in progress at this house has been going since 2007.

Be as careful as possible, wood shop accidents happen in a flash and do a lot of damage. If it seems unsafe then it most likely is.

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 01:58 AM

Welcome Tim

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 02:12 AM

Welcome Tim. For those of us with small shops, making all your big machines portable is almost a must have. There are lots of great ideas floating around on the site for how to do that. Don’t skimp on the castors. Make sure they roll when you want and don’t when you don’t. Not only for ease of moving but for safety as well.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 02:56 AM

Welcome I got a good laugh at your picture pretty in pink. My daughter is always in the shop painting stuff

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 02:15 PM

I work in a 2-car garage as well. It took a few months, but eventually my wife stopped harassing me about not being able to park in it. If you can crank out some things on the honey-do list, they’re more willing to give up some space. Also, if your wife sees something for $1000, and asks you to make it, don’t tell her you can do it for $200. Tell her you can do it for $400, factoring new tools into the cost. Many of my tools have been acquired on the premise of “I can do it for way cheaper, but I’d need this new <insert>.”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 05-12-2015 02:46 PM

Id rather be throwing chips.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#8 posted 06-18-2015 05:28 PM

Thanks, everyone! It’s great that a site like this exists for us woodaholics… there’s gotta be a better word. Dustmites?

-- Gazould

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 02:29 PM

Welcome Tim,
I have a threee car garage, but use one stall for storage…..everything is on castors as others mentioned. I have some tools set against the one wall I do have…I have found that using double lock casters and attaching them to the tool somehow myself, makes it easier to roll.

-- Mike

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 02:32 PM

Welcome Tim
Glad to have you join the fun,we need all of the Oregonians we can get.

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#11 posted 07-13-2015 02:24 AM

The most often overlooked shop danger is lack of dust collection. Make SURE you have some and are not breathing that stuff in. Wood dust viewed under a microscope looks exactly like asbestos.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#12 posted 07-13-2015 05:17 AM

Welcome aboard Tim. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of friendly folk on here. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a bumper sticker like that one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 07-13-2015 05:27 AM

Welcome Tim, I’m in Baker and have pretty much the same situation. However, during the winter months I park my boat in the back 3rd of 30’ x 30’ garage. My wife’s pretty reasonable about giving up space when I need it. I’ve found along with mobile tools, I’ve built a couple of mobile cabinets. One I use with a dovetail jig or a router table. If one is on top the other is in the bottom of the cabinet. My biggest headache is wood storage. Especially, since I horde everything. Good luck.

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