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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I have been in ths house now for 2 years. My goal all along has been to set up a shop in the garage and be organized and clean about it. I have failed.

Why? I THINK it is mainly because I cannot decide about how to organize it. I go out there, and I stand there for way too long just looking around, paralyzed by indecision how to set it up. That, and there is just too much stuff.

I can't even decide the size of the router table, or if I should make the router table and table saw share a surface, or pretty much anything.

HELP!!!!! I should be really happy, because it is a huge space, but I'm lost.

If this was your space, and you could organize it any way you wanted, how would YOU organize it?
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here are some of the larger scrap pieces i could use for table tops/surfaces
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Chris how do You move in there??? I wish I had that much room.. I would spend a weekend getting everything out of there and keep only what Ya want (this is hard to do) That 5'6" space and 20' feet on the wall by the door I would hang 4'x8' peg board to start organizing hand tools, clamps and sucas You slowly move things back in the shop. I would also think hard about some type of dust collection if the doors stay shut.I could not tell from pics but also may want to add lighting then maybe Ya will get a better feel for where things need to go.... Good luck... I am just now really getting a feel in my new shop area and it took me about 5 months to get it right

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warren, it's hard. in august, i discovered that there was water all over the floor, under the tiles. so i had to move everything around to get the water up. things ended up all over the place as a result and it has continued to go downhill since.

i think you are right: i need to get rid of everything that doesn't belong out there.

unfortunately, i'm not in a position to just take it all out and pile it up in the driveway and let it sit there for a couple weeks while i'm moving things back.. the wife would never allow that. but maybe i can put everything on one side and then only move things back to the other side that belong.

but how to organize it? can the dust collection be good enough that i can have a sawdust creating tools in the middle of the garage and not have the dust settle on everything? i have them up by the garage doors now and open the doors as much as possible to air it out and try to keep the dust from going everywhere.

so i guess if i could really nail the dust collection part, then i guess i have more options about how to set thing up out there.

part of me thinks i should have a long workbench all along the wall across from the alcove, and another part thinks the workbench should in the middle like an island so i can get to it from all sides. then there is the table saw ... that has to be in the middle because of the outfeeding need.

can the router table be built into a workbench along the wall? or would that not work because of outfeeding needs?

thanks for letting me ramble ... just putting these thoughts down has really helped think through my vision for the space. i think would like to have a really long bench, pretty much the whole far wall, and shelving and tool storage on the wall and wood storage and more storage underneath. the miter saw and drill press will be built into the big long bench somehow.
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Chris, this is only a suggestion, but IMHO the first thing you need to do is install proper lighting. Working with dangerous tools in an improperly lighted space is not a safe practice. Do a Google search for "shop lighting" to get an idea what you may need for your large shop area. The next thing would be an air filtration unit along with dust collection. The DC only collects some of the big stuff, but the dangerous small stuff is still floating around in there. Since I added an air filter to my shop the amount of sawdust on my shelving and making it back into the house has been decreased immensely. This alone makes SHMBO very happy as well as being healthier for your lungs.

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Baby steps.

You've got a lot of space under there but you pulled one of my tricks and managed to fill it to the point it's next to impossible to get it straight. I'm on my way though. I decided to pick an area - any area - and get it straight. Then adhere to this simple rule. Under no circumstances will an area be allow to fall into the old state once straight. You turn the tables on the mess in the same way the mess took over in the first place, order and organization take it back, a little at a time. Don't look at the whole thing or you'll be overwhelmed. Pick a wall or a corner - anything - and get it right. Put it on your clean list, vow to keep it that way from that day forward then pick another. Keep 'em small and manageable and slowly you'll take your shop back.

Hang in there bruda, you'll get it.

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george, i have the lighting under control, no worries there. what did you do for air filtration?

GCG, good advice, thanks
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ok, going to bed now. i have a vision and a plan
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Just a suggestion, Chris. I was in the same situation (Ok, not that bad...) but I needed to empty the garage/workshop completely in order to do the drywall and painting. I rented a storage container and had it dropped in our driveway. That's where it stayed for a month.
I think the rental and cartage was around $250 /month. Worth every penny!
Anything that doesn't have a definite purpose gets chucked, not moved into storage. You still have access to the tools if you load the container carefully...I put up temporary 2x4 freestanding racks inside the container.
Just the act of cleaning out the garage is mentally liberating.
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