Great Shop in a Two-Car Garage
Economy and ingenuity make the most of a modest space
Synopsis: It takes time and experience to create a well-functioning, efficient shop. Curtis Erpelding shares how his sixth shop evolved and how it’s organized. Large drawings show the layout and workflow he’s developed, including what slides or rolls into position and into storage. Having smaller, lightweight machines is particularly advantageous; you can move them by yourself as your work or as ideas demand it. His tablesaw and assembly table are linked, at the heart of the shop. Erpelding used some savvy retrofitting and reuse: a cafeteria tray trolley holds parts; he built a grinding setup out of a washing machine motor and shopmade toolrest. The whole thing is mounted on drawer slides to be out of the way when not in use. This useful article will inspire some space-saving ideas for even experienced shop owners.
A workshop ought to be perfectly practical—just a place to work wood and…