The problem- I had  so many tools stuck in boxes and bags for so many years that I ended up  buying duplicates because I  forgot what I had. I needed a shop that would allow me to  keep my tools organized and readily available.  I have a limited income, so going out and buying finished cabinets and storage units was out of the question. I am a McGyver by inheritance.  My mother and father were both raised in the war years where  things were in limited supply. They taught me how to create with my mind and then create  by using what I could find.

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.
4. Welding
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 what you will use the shop for and designate areas of storage and counter space to allow you to do that task.
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).


"They taught me how to create with my mind and then create by using what I could find."

The BEST way of learning, IMHO.

gurobuzz (author) 3 years ago
I am currently building a 1966 ford gt replica with a 3.8 liter gm engine mounted mid ships

Just out of curiosity, why wouldn't you run a Ford motor?

do you buy the "body" of the gt40? because i always want to build a replica, maybe a gt40 or a mustang.
gurobuzz (author)  notingkool1 year ago

I found several on ebay at the right price and bought them quickly

DIYfan3 years ago
Not all particleboard is the same. Buying better quality board will lead to shelves that can support more weight without sagging. Some kitchen cabinets made of Home Hell type cheapy OSB looks antique in less than a year. That money is just WASTED. But better quality board will stand up to use if the temperature and moisture aren't too extreme.
gurobuzz (author)  DIYfan1 year ago

especially if you seal and paint it

Ahh, A GT40. Man after me own 'eart! Good luck. Best car I've seen except MAYBE the Factory Five GTM. A classic either way.
gurobuzz (author)  burnerjack011 year ago

at one time I had 4 in my yard, had to thin down the herd to 2

Tazmjm692 years ago
Store bought cabinets got nothin on you! Your shop turned out great, now if only mine looked as nice. It gave me some ideas though. Thanks
gurobuzz (author)  Tazmjm691 year ago


gurobuzz (author) 1 year ago

For more ideas check out my tool storage--


Great use of space and cabinetry! My wife and I are looking at homes with garages and this is pretty much what I had imagined.

Nice wheels too, but I think it'll be harder to convince the lady that we need a project ride compared to cabinets.
PS1183 years ago
Looks fantastic!

Also, I'm curious. What is that vehicle you're building? That looks pretty awesome as well!
Nice setup. What would we do without coffee drinkers, couldn't store anything .... Cheers!
DIY Dave3 years ago
Very nice organized workshop
pfred23 years ago
Cars? Vehicles? They can stay outside!