With wheel-mounted tools and cabinets, a two-car garage easily transforms into a versatile workshop
Synopsis: Many woodworkers face the space crunch Bill Endress did: how to fit a decent workshop into a two-car garage, and still park cars there fairly regularly. He achieved this, and his garage shop is attractive to work in, easy to clean, and loaded with organized storage. A long workbench spans one wall and houses a series of multipurpose rolling cabinets, which act as storage, tool stands, work surfaces and infeed and outfeed tables. See how his mobile tools and cabinets improve workflow.
From Fine Woodworking #167
After many years living in central Florida, I received an invitation to relocate to Tucson, Ariz. Having been an active woodworker for 18 years, I placed adequate shop space high on my list when it came time to buy a home. While it would have been nice to find a house with a separate workshop, my wife and I settled on one with a spacious 23-ft. by 23-ft. two-car garage.
This presented me with a challenge: Create an efficient and comfortable workshop that could accommodate big projects but still make room for the family cars. So I began laying out the basic requirements needed to share my tablesaw with my parking space.
The primary requirement was to keep at least one car in the garage at night, even if a half-finished project occupied floor space. The flexibility to park two vehicles in the garage on occasion also was essential. The challenge was balancing these requirements with the elements of a good shop: one that is attractive to work in, easy to clean, and has plenty of organized storage. My philosophy throughout was “a place for everything, and everything in its place.”
To have plenty of workspace and be able to cut long boards with my radial-arm saw, I knew I would build a long workbench…