In this instructable I hope to share what I have found useful for your own garage workshop.
This is a attached 2 car garage. the previous owner made it "heated" by punching a hole in the wall and cutting into the existing duct work however this makes it so heat will not carry to the rooms on this side of the house. With that said I open the vent in the garage from time to time.
My goal is simple, have a space to work that will not interfere with the cleanliness inside the house. I don't need to park in the garage however my wife has said that every night she must be able to. Sooo I'll take this side (because it is on an exterior wall) minimizing the noise inside. Everything is build so i could park inside if the need arises. The garage shares 2 walls with the house so it stays tolerable in the winter.
Step 1: Lets See Some Features!
See notes on picture for a quick look. Don't worry I'll cover all of this in a little more detail. .
Keep in mind how you use your tools. Try and keep the ones you use the most often close to the center. I Made a rolling wall to help accomplish keeping tools out of tool bags and within reach.
The first thing I did was began with the Bench top how much work space can I afford to be permanent? Then thru about a year of trial and error this is what I find works the best.
I grouped up tools by type and use. wrenches with ratchets and sockets. Pliers grabbers and cutters. and power tools.
Behind the wall I store tools used less often but still like out.
Shelves and baskets keep stuff together and easy to get off a shelf. Bins keep little parts easy to see.
Under it all sitting on top of the concrete is 1" thick rubber "Stall wall Mats" TSC $40 bucks. Keeps water off tools and keeps tools vibrations from the floor.
Proper bench lighting is a must. So I installed a 4 bulb T8 Ballas under the ledge on the back of the bench and ran each of the wires and solder each end of each bulb and cap the ends with heat shrink. This allowed me to put each bulb where I wanted light. Not having a fixture allows a lot of flexibility.
Step 2: Lets Look at That Wall.
Step 3: Full of Good Ideas.
2 large air filters close the space with a box fan located next to the Shop Vac.(the fan running also helps keep the Compressor cool during heavy use)
The bucket separator slows the need to change the bag in the Shop Vac. it catches all the big stuff and most of the small stuff. I have had the best luck with Type: Thien cyclone separator baffle. <= google that for more info.
Step 4: Baskets With Handles
Bottom shelf bins with the back lifted to make it easy to see and grab.
Middle shelf baskets with handles baskets keep like items together and handles make it easy to get down without dropping everything.
Top shelf crap I don't want to throw away........
Step 5: Mobile Work Bench of Death...
Step 6: A Closer Look at the Cutting Edge Technology Used Here.
A narrow piece of cypress running along the front of the rolling wall carries all the latest flat and Phillips head screw drivers.
Under the battery chargers 2 small wood blocks hold the drill socket drivers and paddle bits. 5/16 drill bit is perfect size hole.
Step 7: THE END.
Step 8: Update: Addition & Upgrades
I removed my wood lathe top so I can replace it later if needed. Added maple bench top, to make a small cleaning station. Placing a trash can, spray cleaners, and brushes all together to make cleaning parts as easy as possible. keeping the wave shaft and motors mounted on the table top makes it so I don't have to the realign everything up.
On the upgrade side of things we have been working out here a lot and what I have noticed is that the layout is not good for more then one person working in the same space. So we replaced the space saving roller for a full wall with 2 full length shelves.
Reorganizing the peg board was a process. I went with a what does it do grouping. Turn bolts, Grab/hold, Cut, Smash, Pry, Layout, Air. Working so far. Pro tip put a dot of hot glue on your hooks and they stay in place when grabbing tools, and it removes easy enough if you need to relocate that hook.
One other thing we have noticed is the floor was never sealed. Every little thing that hit the floor stuck. To remedy this I removed everything not bolted down. In order of event: Swept, Scraped, vacuumed, swept, applied full strength SUPER CLEAN everywhere, 10 min break, scrubbed, 10min break, scrubbed, Shop Vac up excess cleaner, rinsed with hot water, vacuumed, let dry
There are many ways to finish the floor after its clean. We went with a clear sealer.