My small garage shopcomments (5) January 1st, 2012 in Shop Tours
- Location: Norco, California, USA
- Size: 400sq. ft.
- Type: Detached
- Focus: Furniture
- Heating/Cooling: Swamp cooler/ space heater
Here is a few pictures of my little garage shop. The walls are insulated with 3 inch blue styrofoam and covered with plywood. Plywood and insulation are salvaged from the PMC west hospital project in southern California. The insulation was scrap from the roofing and the the plywood on the walls, as well as the tool carts, were reclaimed crates for the cabinet works in the new hospital. All material was headed for the landfill. I also have several sheets of 3/4 birch plywood from reclaimed crates saved from the trash that will soon be shop cabinets. My table saw is a Bosch contractor saw on a gravity rise stand. The miter saw is a Dewalt 12 inch slide on a Rigid cart. Both fold up out of the way against one wall next to a Grizzly GO55X 14 inch bandsaw. All my bench top tools are mounted on roller cabinets stored out of the way and rolled out as needed. The Delta 12 inch Lathe is mounted on a shop made roller stand against the other wall. The bench is made of two layers of 3/4 plywood and 2x6 lumber with 4x4 lumber for the feet. The router table is laminated MDF that goes against the wall when not in use. All the bench top tools and the lathe are collected off Craigslist; none exceding 100 bucks including the Delta Mortiser along with the cabinet. My wife wanted some nice furniture for the house. The only problem was the Walnut bed she wanted was $5000 alone. So we figured the money would be better spent on a shop so we could build our own cheaper than paying for custom furniture or buying pressboard at the furniture store.
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Threaded inserts keep grinder locked-down, but easily movable.
My work table often pulls double- and triple-duty for tons of shop tasks. Most often it's sharpening, but I also use it for drilling, holding bench hooks and shooting boards and occassionally as a chop-saw station. Hopefully soon, it will also hold a midi-lathe. Since I plan on rearranging the top pretty regularly, I wanted a way to... read full tip