Carrera30
Carrera30 New Reader
6/24/09 5:47 p.m.

Inspired by "The Perfect Workshop" tips in the June issue, I set out to work. So far this has set me back about $100.

Hinges and materials for cabinet doors should set me back another $40-$60.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
6/24/09 6:53 p.m.

Excellent! Now that's a place to work! I don't see any kitty litter for the Porsche's oil leaks?

z31maniac
z31maniac Dork
6/24/09 7:24 p.m.

Oh I can't wait until I have a garage.....

fiat22turbo
fiat22turbo SuperDork
6/24/09 7:51 p.m.

Nice! Wish I had a decent compressor....

I had to think out of the box a little with my garage. I created a turntable to hold the drill press, bench grinder, polisher, and sander.

http://s148.photobucket.com/albums/s10/fiat22turbo/Garage/

Worked out pretty well, just need to finish it with better cord management.

I also built a set of shelves to hold all of the plastic bin boxes I'm using to hold all of the parts off the $2009 project.

Cooper
Cooper New Reader
6/24/09 8:05 p.m.

Just had a bank appointment today to see if they will pay for a garage for me, I even promised to pay them back! Now to get all the tried and tested ideas out there and see if I can fit them into whatever the bank buys me. I would think good shelving is a priority to get things off the floor and preserve floor space.

Love the brake rotor/caliper clock!!

Rusty_Rabbit84
Rusty_Rabbit84 HalfDork
6/24/09 8:09 p.m.

hmm... gotta put some pics up of our garage... have all types of organized crap everywhere - Porsche gt3rs rear bumper, Ferrari hood, F40 rack laying there, Lotus 7 collecting dust, Suzuki Swift collecting dust, presses, guest house on top, it will do for now...

Carrera30
Carrera30 New Reader
6/24/09 9:42 p.m.
Per Schroeder wrote: Excellent! Now that's a place to work! I don't see any kitty litter for the Porsche's oil leaks?

That's what the green pickle bucket behind the air compressor is for. Filled to the top with oil dri

thedude
thedude New Reader
6/24/09 9:57 p.m.

That looks nice. I feel like any garage organization I do is like digging a hole in dry sand...

Winston
Winston New Reader
6/24/09 10:02 p.m.
Rusty_Rabbit84 wrote: Lotus 7 collecting dust

I can help with that Let me know if you're interested in selling...

-Winston

Carrera30
Carrera30 New Reader
6/25/09 6:09 a.m.
thedude wrote: That looks nice. I feel like any garage organization I do is like digging a hole in dry sand...

I've found that in order to keep things sane, I must force myself to clean up after a project is complete, putting tools away, sweeping up the floor, etc. I sometimes do this mid-project as well, when I feel that things are getting a bit chaotic and I've just kicked 3-4 sockets around the garage floor, gotten the creeper stuck in a pile of rust/dirt/removed screws/etc.

Taking 5-10 minutes to do this can save a ton of frustration and will keep your workspace looking decent, too.

1sikb13
1sikb13
6/25/09 7:15 a.m.

man that is nice! also if you've got bib parts(i.e transmission) thats just siiting on the floor, an option is to get a furniture dolly and set it on top of that to keep it mobile if needed. just my 99 cents....

RossD
RossD Reader
6/25/09 7:22 a.m.

It looks nice. It also looks like you have a bit of head room inside your garage. Have you considered elevating the air compressor, say, above a sturdy cabinet/shelving?

DILYSI Dave
DILYSI Dave SuperDork
6/25/09 8:07 a.m.
Carrera30 wrote:
thedude wrote: That looks nice. I feel like any garage organization I do is like digging a hole in dry sand...
I've found that in order to keep things sane, I must force myself to clean up after a project is complete, putting tools away, sweeping up the floor, etc. I sometimes do this mid-project as well, when I feel that things are getting a bit chaotic and I've just kicked 3-4 sockets around the garage floor, gotten the creeper stuck in a pile of rust/dirt/removed screws/etc. Taking 5-10 minutes to do this can save a ton of frustration and will keep your workspace looking decent, too.

Amen. I can generally get a 30-40 hours worth of crap left all over the place before it starts to drive me crazy. At that point, tools get put away, hoses and extension cords get coiled, floor gets swept, etc. An hour worth of cleaning every 40 hours of work isn't too bad, and makes the other 39 much more productive.

Carrera30
Carrera30 New Reader
6/25/09 10:05 a.m.
RossD wrote: It looks nice. It also looks like you have a bit of head room inside your garage. Have you considered elevating the air compressor, say, above a sturdy cabinet/shelving?

Actually, since the garage is attached to the house, I was thinking of putting the compressor in the basement and just running a line out through the wall. The compressor is very heavy, so I'd be worried about just about any shelf holding it up unless it was industrial, well braced, etc. I also have a detached garage that I was considering putting it in and burrying some conduit between the two garages that I could run air, additional electric, phone lines, network cable, etc. through.

RossD
RossD Reader
6/25/09 10:08 a.m.

Just remember condensation on air lines with electrical lines nearby...

Carrera30
Carrera30 New Reader
6/25/09 10:39 a.m.
RossD wrote: Just remember condensation on air lines with electrical lines nearby...

Good advice. Anything would be better than the current wiring out to there - Some kind of allegedly underground grade wire without any other sort of protection burried somewhere out in my back yard and running about 80-100 feet, rather than taking a shorter, safer route that would only require about 30 feet underground.

m4ff3w
m4ff3w Dork
6/25/09 11:57 a.m.

I wish I could be organized.

Carrera30
Carrera30 New Reader
6/25/09 8:26 p.m.
m4ff3w wrote: I wish I could be organized.

If I can, you can. I did this with a full time job, a fleet of four cars - one of which always need something or other (just pulled the bed off my truck to replace a rear spring mount and both gas tanks - I should show the pictures of THAT!) - 2 small kids (2 and 4), a wife who always has other things for me to do, etc. Just have to be motivated enough to have a nice place to work on your stuff.

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