Setting Up Shop #2: The Plan

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Blog entry by wmgworks posted 09-15-2015 07:30 PM 652 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Planning and brainstroming are some of my favorite parts of any project. And everything needs to start with some sort of plan. The more effort you take to write and skectch it up equals quicker completion and less redos when the time comes to complete your project. Here is my plan for a workshop so far.

The Goals

Modest Woodworking Shop – after a 20 year hiatus I am highly motivated to get back into woodworking. My Dad had a shop, so I used to piddle around with his gear. Never had to put one together myself. Plan to start out small with hand power tools. I’m waffling on the order to buy these in but I think the first big purchase will be the table saw, followed by a drill press, router table, band saw, grinder, miter box, and a belt sander. Later down the road a planar and joiner. Ask me again in an hour and the order will have changed.

Some Household Storage – planning on building a loft for most of this stuff. Also, my wife is a teacher and has to store some of her classroom stuff in our garage if she changes grades. Some other stuff, too. The point is it can’t be a dedicated workshop to just me. But most of it can ;P

Crafting Area For My Daughter – she loves to paint and draw on all manner of materials. Which I love. Unfortunately, she hates to clean up the mess afterwards. Which I hate. I’d love to let her paint some of the stuff I build for her, but I’m tired of cleaning the paint off my patio I’d love to make an area for her to work in.

Electronics Work Area – nothing big. Just a small piece. I’m in IT after all. Working on technology is what I do to pay for my hobbies

The Challenges

The biggest challenge I see is power. All of our garages are attached together in a row. Every 2-3 garages share a 20 amp circuit. Most tablesaws I’ve seen are 15 amps. Shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s a limitation I have to keep in mind. I am also becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of hand tools – which make the power a moot point. I don’t mind using hand tools. I love the idea, actually. I just have a big lack of faith in my ability to keep them sharp and in working order.

I can’t make the space bigger. I’m land locked so I have to make due with the space I have. The good thing is, as long as we have our car in the garage, the HOA doesn’t care what I do to the inside.

Calling this a “detached” garage is an understatement. Up the sidewalk, make a right, pass the pool, make a left and you’re at the house. So I can’t run anything from the house to the garage.

I’ve already done a big purge of the garage. The next step is building a couple lofts for storage. Once I see what’s left that has to stay on the ground level (hopefully not much more than lawn chairs and a few classroom supplies) then I can lay out where the tools will go and the flow of the shop. We only have one car, so I will have enough room for stuff to be sticking out and projects to be laid out and still get the car in. The good news is when I told The Wife I wanted to build a shop she said “I don’t care what you do as long as I can get my car in there”. Wait ‘til she sees how much my gear is gonna cost MWAHAHAHAHA! Seriously though, once she figured out how much stuff I could make her for her classroom she was more than happy to let me have at it.

I will post some photos soon once it starts becoming a workshop. Also working on a SketchUp model to plan some things out ahead of time

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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