Smart Garage Workshop, From the Ground Up
From foundation to shop cabinets, how to stretch your dollars and space
Synopsis: Matthew Teague planned his new shop with the small pro or serious hobbyist woodworker in mind. His dream shop would have plenty of bench space, versatile storage, adequate lighting, dust collection, and enough uncramped room to allow for tools and efficient workflow. It took some time, but Teague got what he wanted, and learned some valuable lessons along the way. His story provides a wealth of tips on how to get started, what to contract out and what to DIY, how to choose heating and air conditioning systems, designing for optimum workflow, and dealing with the inevitable construction pitfalls along the way.
When I left the staff of Fine Woodworking and headed south a few years ago, my wife and I bought a ’50s ranch just east of downtown Nashville. I set up shop in the flat-roofed, one-car garage out back while we figured out if I could make…