My Take on a Small Budget/Space Shop #4: Garage to Shop in 2 1/2 Minutes

This is a fun little video I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. It is what I do every morning (with slight variations) when I’m in Green Valley. In this case I needed the belt sander first but it could just as easily have been the bandsaw or one of the other SPT’s. I always set up the SS for table saw when I first pull it out. That accounts for a couple of extra moves in this case.

I was going to do another one when I put it all away tonight but you can just run this one in reverse and imagine me sweeping up under the SS for a minute or two. The one thing that SS is bad at is dust collection on the TS. The dust collector gets the fines but a fair bit of the heavier sawdust escapes. …. no big deal.

Thanks for Looking in

Paul

If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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lanwater ...

I thought I was the only one with car parked in the shop; garage.
I go through the same exercise. The only difference I get to move a lot of stuff around.

The SS is versatile with a small footprint. A great piece of machinery.

Although I sweep at the end of every of the day I “woodwork”, my shop is not clean and neat like yours. Your shop is so much cleaner.

Brian ...

I just wish I could open the door and wear shorts! Jeez… Actually, on second thought, I’ve been smoking and curing ham and sausage, so I need a couple more months of cold weather. You can keep your shorts and open doors and singing birds. ;-)

My garage is even smaller (10 × 20), so I can’t even push tools to the side and park a car. I simply had to choose between parking or a shop. Fortunately my wife is very understanding so I do get a very small but dedicated space for myself.

By the way, this was part of last night’s dinner: homemade smoked Hungarian kolbasz. Winter can be useful too.

Jack ...

Beautiful efficient use of limited space. I’m beginning a make over of the shop but it is a slow process because I go down there to rearrange and end up working on some project. And Brian I make a killer fish stew that kolbasz would be great in.

Jeff Vandenberg ...

i think a majority of us woodworkers have a garage workshop. most very in size and this make us utilize the space the best we can and limits the size of machinery we use. summers woodworking is useing a shipping cantainer as his shop now thats gotta be tight. if i took a pole for having a bigger shop we all hit the yes button. you know i completly lost where i was going with this as i sit at the doctors office. well Brian your sausage looks really good. mail me a chunk.lol

Papa Time ...

I like many others have dreamed of building my own shop. One that I don’t have to share with cars or bicycles or ??. When I decided to “do it” I got the building plans made up and off to the City for permits I went. The City put up such a fuss and made it so hard to build that I gave up. Then inspiration struck. I purchased a 26 foot travel trailer and gutted the inside. This one had a slide out living space so that added a few extra sq. feet. I kept the propane heater and the fridge(for obvious reasons) and the electrical in place and took everything else out. Now I have my own work space and the City can’t say a thing about it. I have a small table saw in there for the little things and I still keep my monster table saw in the garage. All in all I am very pleased with the shop space. I have a radial arm saw, chop saw, band saw, scroll saw, lathe router table, planer, drill press, 2 bench top sanders and a small wood working bench set up in the front. Sometimes you have to think about doing things just a bit differently to achieve the end result.