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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:58 am

Well, we are moving, and I get a 2 car garage to myself, to use as a workshop. (There won't be any cars parked in it.) It already has a workbench extending about 6ft in both directions from one of the corners, and another is taken up by a laundry room, so the remainder of the wall space is going to go to the two workbenches I have currently. I plan to build a table for my miter saw to go on, with casters so I can move it over to my pipe rack for easy cutting, and I am going to put peg-board up behind all the desks, but I was wondering what else you guys think I should do? Basicly, what have you guys found is handy in your shops/workspaces? I will post some pictures soon, but if anyone has any advice, that's what I'm looking for.

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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:01 am

I find that having several large toolboxes and pegboard on the walls of the whole thing help alot with organization. Also having seval midsized work benches with casters on them are nice to have so you can move things like you miter saw or lathe out side.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:09 am

I'd have to say a nice calander,its not a propper work shop unless u got a nice calander.I would have to say alot of draws and boxes labeled with parts so you always know were things are.
Lighting is also important but the main problem i have it smashing fluresent bulbs all the time so cover them in something to prevent there breakage...If you get lights...
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:56 am

A utilty sink/fire extingwiser (sp)/portable phone/power outlits/a good push broom and squeji (sp)/a good desk, (metal)/2 ways out, (at oppisite ends of the shop)/easy open windows for cross vent/and 1 big mean gaurd dog! We had a black labador for racoon hunting, he was so mean we put his food bowl down and slide it to him with a stick! My dad was the only one that could handle him. No brag, just fact!
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Unread postAuthor: Slugfoot » Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:13 am

My space and tools are very limited but if I had the space then I think a pillar drill would be very handy. A small lathe would be absolutely spiffing!
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:32 am

I usually have lots of duck tape around in my tool room. After I am finished doing what ever I need to do in my workshop I take the expensive power tools I have and duck tape them to the ceiling. This is my security measure. The native people around here are too short to reach the tools and too dumb to find a way to get them down, now non of my tools get stolen. This also prevents my family getting the tools and using drill bits ment for wood to make holes in walls. :P

But seriously keep duck tape, toilet roles and a waste bin handy.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:44 am

a laundry tub, filing cabinets can be had for cheap, and depending on the configuration of the cabinet, can make very nice, sturdy, deep tool storage cabinets. If you like music, a stereo. people have already mentioned most of the good stuff you would want in a workshop.

oh, oh, a plumbed-in airline system, with those retractable air hose rolls that hang from the ceiling for airing up your guns, using air tools, and blowing off your workbenches.

and maby a big fan, for getting rid of the fumes when you glue pvc
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Unread postAuthor: Flying_Salt » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:10 pm

One of those car lights with a little clamp might help. (those ones that are used for working on the engines)
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:29 pm

I already have ost the things you guys mentionioned, (Save for the lathe, which I really want) so I seem to be on the right track. Thanks guys.

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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:12 pm

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Unread postAuthor: POS » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:07 pm

I made a hole in the corner of my workbench, connected a tube to it, that leads into a trash can. Easy to clean it up. Take a little handbrush, or how do you call it in english, and just whipe the crap and dust to the corner hole.
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:56 pm

if i had my own house, there would be a hole in the floor of the workshop, and you put a small bin in the hole with it's lid flush with the floor, so you don't need the damn dustpan every time you need to clean up

oh and get one of those big panic buttons that stops everything
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:47 pm

POS, that is a great idea, thanks!

I will just use a hole saw and put a piece of 3" pipe in it, leading to a trash can, and add a thumb hole in cutout disk so there isnt a gaping hole in the corner the entire time.

Turns out there aren't any outlets over by the workbench, and the lighting I have now (That I have to move form my old shop) needs to be wired right in, so I get to set up the electric just the way I want it :)
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Taterhead » Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:01 am

I have found that a Dremel tool is a spud builders best friend. I hope you have one or are abel to get one. Saves sanding time and gets into some really tight places too. And yes get a Calander!!! With chic's on it ofcourse.. 8)
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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:06 am

One thing I find very useful is a good vise. How about hot and cold running DW40, And Duck Tape dispensers every 3 feet or so! Oh and a john(toilet)…
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