I have just basic wood shop skills that I got in high school. But I wanted to have a nice workshop when I was able to set one up.Since high school my interests have run a wide spectrum. I have built guitars, amplifiers, stereo cabinets, Several kit cars, and I even built my own house. So I figured I could build my own shop. I first organized the shop plans for what I would be using it for.
1. Auto repair and customizing
2. Wood working
3. Electronics fabrication and repair.
5. storage of yard tools
Now that I have my garage all set up I figured I would share how to make the garage of your dreams on the cheap.
What tools you will need ( but not limited to)
1. Skill saw
2. Jig saw
3. tape measure
4. Shop yardstick
brill and various bits
5. 2 foot level
6. Speed square
7. 2 foot square
8 Table saw
Safety glasses, ear protectors and a clean workspace to lay out the items to work
Here are some finished photos of my garage before it was finished
Step 1: Layout
Figure out how much space you can take away for the storage of family vehicles and still be able to walk around the vehicle(s).
I used 4 types of cabinets in my garage
The first was Base Cabinets. These cabinets had to be easy to make, level, provide dust free storage, and be multi functional.
These were simple boxes made out of particle board to be supported by treated 2x4 bases, not unlike kitchen cabinets.
The second was wall cabinets. These cabinets too had to be easy to make, level, and be adaptable for many functions as well as be able to support what I planned on putting in them.
The third cabinet style was roll around. These had to be able to roll under the work top and provide a work top and caddy for whatever function I was using them for- welding, engine dis assembly, project work table, or tool caddy. Smaller rollers (2inch) were not easily pushed across the workshop floor and would hang up on extension cords, so I decided to use 3 inch rollers.
The last type of cabinet was for tool storage, parts storage, and chemical storage.
Step 3: Base Cabinets
These were hung by finding out how high I wanted them and measuring 3 1/2 inches down and using a chalk libe I set the position. I screwed 1x 4x 36 inch cleats to the wall and used the 1x3 at the back of the top of the cabinet to be my helper when I went to hang them on the wall. After the cabinets were hung I made a face frame out of 1x2 wood. I bought cheap door hinges and cut doors for the front out of bc 3/4 inch plywood. MDF board would work just as well and make a finished front.
Step 5: Counter top
Step 6: Tool Cabinets
the size of this cabinet was dictated by some bifold doors that I picked up at a garage sale for 5.00 a set. This cabinet also sits on a 2x4 treated lumber base cut slightly smaller that the base of the cabinet. I made a face frame for the front of the cabinet and faced the front edges of the shelves with 1x2 lumber..
I made 2 more of these types of cabinets both were 4 foot by 11 3/4 deep. The height was determined by garage sale bifold doors I got for 5.00 a set . I put a 1/2 osb backer on these cabinets to attach to the wall and to help suppourt the shelves. One of the cabinets was for my auto supplies-jack stands, cleaners, rags, anti freeze, battery charger, oil, and spark plugs wipers etc. Shelves were measured and set to allow the most storage for the items needed. The other cabinet was set up to store yard tools- rakes, hatchet, shovel, hoe, machete, axe etc
Step 7: Rollarounds
I also made a roll around for my table saw with drawers and a small cabinet to store all the jigs and accessories that are used with a table saw. On the back of this roll around i mounted an extension cord rack wit h a 4x4 4 gang plug. This allows me to roll the table saw anywhere in the shop or even out onto the driveway to use the saw.
My auto shop roll around was made similar but I put the extension cord on one of the sides so I could use more of the cabinet for tool trays and parts storage. The bottom shelf was set up to store my jack stands, floor jacks, and jack handles.
Rollers, drawer parts, handles, and doors were found at garage sales and purchased over a few years. But if you have the money buy em at Home Depot.
I will submit some more drawings and pictures as I find time. As always , a garage is a work in progress and is subject to each persons idea of what they want and need. I had very little funds and needed to finally get organized.
Some things that were left out-
I made a base cabinet to store my mini fridge
I made a tall cabinet to store my woodworking tools
I also made a lumber cart roll around
I am still not done, but I have spent under 750 to have a well organized workshop that my buddies complain about. Something about raising the bar? And the the comment-"don't let my wife see this..."
Some of the guys reading this will say that particle board is not strong enough to store things. To them i will just say- most kitchen cabinets are made of particle board covered with a vinyl facing, in these cabinets your wife stores a lot of heavy dishes and pots and pans. suspended from the wall and ceiling. How long have they survived kids crawling in them? I am going on 10 years with some of my cabinets and they have held up way better than I would have thought..
I have been collecting coffee cans from work and from friends to get my small parts under control
The red and black Folgers cans work out the best. If you see something I missed or have a question, please tell me. I am open to new ideas.