Well, it’s been a few weeks since I put up a post on this site, but I haven’t been slacking off! I’ve been working hard on getting my workshop functional for my needs. I’ve also been asked by friends to make a few pieces – pictures and project plans coming soon!
So last time I put up a picture of my garage, it looked like this:
It was when we had just moved and were using the garage as a temporary dumping area. I then worked on my design and set about making some storage for the far end. As you can see in the below picture though, I still had my table saw on a rickety old tressel table, and I had offcuts all over the place:
Still doesn’t look much better, does it? And yes, that’s a random bag of insulation on the floor! It was left over from insulating our house – which, I might add, was one of the most horrible DIY jobs I have ever done. Hot and cramped and dark and sharp-edged beams and dust and dead mice…. Can’t stress enough – if you’ve got the money, pay someone to do it! Lol. Incidentally we still don’t really have a place for the left over bag of insulation, because this house has the world’s tiniest manhole so if we wanted to store it in the roof, we’d have to open it and take it all up there bat by bat. One day I’ll get around to making the manhole bigger. For now, it can stay in the spare bedroom!
The cupboards on the wall in this photo were in exactly the right spot for me to hit my head on. After designing my layout, I decided I would have enough storage in the benches I was going to build, so I took them down. I’m a shorty and the storage wasn’t very accessible for me anyway.
I was able to upcycle just about every panel and door of these cupboards. I built shelving in to the space above our fridge in the kitchen, put doors on to my table saw table and built a cupboard in to my workbench. I haven’t put the plans up for these yet, but I will soon, promise! You can see them in the photo below. The workbench is made out of my old desk; I raised it but am yet to put the casters on it (I’ve run my local Bunnings dry!) Once the casters are on, the workbench will be the same height as my other benches.
I’m closer to getting my wood storage under control; I’m slowly building up my supply of brackets, and just today, started glueing long pieces of wood together to make shelves. Just last weekend I stumbled upon a huge score – a motorbike dealer – and couldn’t help myself but load up the ute (twice). But once I break the pallets down, there will be a lot more room!
As I get closer and closer to finishing my workshop, I’ve found it’s getting more and more functional. I can pull out the table saw table if I need to cut something wide/big, and I don’t have to worry about hitting my head on the cupboards! I’ve (temporarily) sorted out my power using a long power chord, so that I can easily start my tools – and have the vacuum hooked up to them at the same time. One day I’ll get an electrician in to wire it the way I want it. I can store my electric tools in the cupboard under the workbench, and my pencils, tape measures, tool instructions and tool consumables (sanding pads, nails etc) in the workbench drawers. I’ve still got the table saw table storage pretty much empty! Although I’m sure when I finally get around to emptying that last packing box that’ll change…
Underneath my mitre saw bench and workbench, I’ve got boxes for rubbish, keep-able offcuts, pallet blocks (from European pallets) and sawdust (which I put in the compost; it’s awesome carbon).
You can’t see it in the picture, but I picked up some stackable screw storage boxes at my local waste recycling centre when I was living in Canberra for $40. I’ve put these on the wall above the workbench, which has made things much easier. I still find that I’m rummaging through our two red tool boxes quite often… which I find soooo frustrating. My goal is to get the pallet wall up (which will screen off the storage shelves) so that I can hang these little hand tools up and get everything out of the boxes.
Still to do –
- Pallet wall
- Change the door from a slider to a conventional opening inward door. This will provide some noise insulation and give me about a metre of extra wall space.
- Put up hooks on my newly gained wall space to store my clamps and foldable saw horses
- Keep going with the wood storage – brackets and shelves
- Casters for the workbench and router table (orange table in the pics above)
- Set up my router in the table… and learn how to use it!
- Paint. I spend a lot of time in my garage so I want it to look pretty!
Hmm… list is still pretty long! But I’m getting there 🙂 And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey so far!