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ShopTent: collapsible dust-free storage for garage workshop

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I do a lot of woodworking in my garage, where I also store all of our family bicycles. 

Keeping our bikes clean has always been a headache for me, so I decided it was time to come up with a clean place within my garage to keep our bikes where they would be protected from all the saw dust, but still be easily accessible. This is what I came up with.

This in-garage tent does the job I need it to, but can be easily stowed if I ever want to use the space temporarily for something else. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and wish I would have made it years ago! 

If this is something you could find useful in your garage workshop, hopefully I've laid out enough detail here to help you create something similar. 

Thanks for taking a look!
 
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Step 1: Framework

This is basically a collapsible awning with attached drapes that hang to the floor.

The awning framework is made of 3 1/2" wide by 3/4'' thick pine boards, a couple of brackets made of plywood, and a long wooden 1 1/4" diameter rod (formerly a curtain rod).

I started by making two brackets to mount to the wall, to which two wooden arms will be attached. These brackets were made by face-gluing together some scrap 3/4" plywood, and cutting out the desired shape with a band saw. Dimensions for the brackets are listed in the photo 1 notes.

The brackets were fastened to wall studs, level with each other and 8 feet apart, approximately 5' 4" from ground to center.

Two 5-foot pine wood arms were made and bolted in place to the brackets, just loose enough that they could still be pivoted up and down. Both ends of each are cut round, with one end drilled for the bracket bolt, and the other bored with a hole saw for the ends of the wooden rod.

A supporting L shaped cross member was made with pine boards and screwed in place to connect the two pivoting arms, about 6" in from the holes for the wooden rod.

A circular wooden cap was made and screwed to the left end of the wooden rod (see photo 3), and a wooden crank was fashioned with some scrap oak and miscellaneous hardware for the right side of the rod (fastened later, when fabric is in place).

The crank is used to wrap the fabric around the rod for storage. It does not raise and lower the framework, which you may have suspected. (I thought about trying to make something to do that, but it just didn't seem necessary.)
LynxSys4 months ago

This is really well-thought-out and well executed! Short of installing a dust-collection system and an air-scrubber in the garage, I think that this is a great solution. I'm almost surprised that there isn't a similar commercial product already on the market. I like the organization of your helmets and other odds and ends on your custom-built shelves as well.

seamster (author)  LynxSys4 months ago

Thank you! It serves it's purpose well.

I'd still prefer an exterior shed to store all of this stuff, but it just wasn't an option. Someday, maybe!

Mielameri9 months ago
This is brilliant!
seamster (author)  Mielameri9 months ago

Thank you!