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3 Reference Center

3 Reference Center

Keep reference material close at hand with this two-project setup. Simply swing the table up when you need to take a few notes or consult reference material. When you're not using it, collapse the brackets and the table folds back against the wall. The cabinet, with its drop-down door, provides nesessary storage for books, magazines, tool catalogs, and other shop related papers. Fit the table with an inexpensive stool, and you've created a comfortable workstation.

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Comments (20)
jbkbpalmer4185732 wrote:

Check out America's Best Home Workshop 2015 pages 54 to 61. We have a two car garage, we can get one car in, lots of tools and storage. It's a real working shop.

6/1/2015 02:22:39 PM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

It all looks pretty nice and I'd love to do it, but my garage is less that a one car garage (unless I buy a Mini Cooper). It makes a pretty good shed but a terrible garage. My basement shop is bigger and it's small.

5/30/2015 12:06:32 AM Report Abuse
jeffropapa wrote:

I made 10 scaled drawings of different shop layouts. That in itself was fun to do. But I think any mistake of shop layout was done on paper. That worked pretty well for me. You should always leave room for expansion, because our shops are always a "work in process". I love hearing all your ideas. Wood-on

5/29/2015 09:19:40 AM Report Abuse
cliff145 wrote:

FOUL & No one has actually attempted to impliment this design - Where is arguably the most used tool in the shop - the chop/miter saw??? Oversight - OK but this layout has gotten too much press in too many sites and never been called out on this

5/28/2015 06:34:11 PM Report Abuse
stant48312 wrote:

2 large table saws, 2 radial arms, 3 band saws 2 scroll saws 2 thicknessers, oscillating sander, knife belt sander, belt sander, drum sander, 2 dust collectors, router table, jointer and workbench into two car garage. Workflow: first joint, rip then crosscut to thickneser u shape flow other machines in the middle. Can still process plywood sheet and a 6 foot board without moving something out. But yes a yearn for a clean space to assemble, Wife uses scroll saws so ok to varnish in house!

5/28/2015 11:13:57 AM Report Abuse
hilbilly63007 wrote:

the best way i have found for laying out a new shop when you do not get to control the size of space is to get graph paper and there was a place few years a go that i got little paper cut outs of tools in my case i used the table saw twice since my router table and saw are bout 6 foot long and roughly three feet wide by them selfs must admit my shop is still cramped right now some day I will have one big enough will some one let me know when santa is ready to give up the north pole shop for me

8/22/2013 04:01:11 PM Report Abuse
Roffy wrote:

As soon as I can get my wife's gardening stuff out of the garage, I'll have plenty of room. We don't park our cars in the garage, so that's not a problem. Guess I need to build a storage shed or outdoor potting station. I'm in the southeast, so I don't need heat, but cooling is an issue. I'm looking for a portable A/C unit.

7/11/2013 01:20:54 PM Report Abuse
doctorleejohnson wrote:

I need a real shop an 18X21 carport No walls (to hot here) New shop an excuse to get new tools 1st a welding table 2nd that bench (planning it 4 yrs)had a piece of stainless 32X96. Lots of peg board a drill press the vice and grinder mounted on pipe. oops it's full. 12 feet and another car port. room for table saw radial arm saw chop saw router table and a wood worker bench and anvil.

7/11/2013 12:17:31 PM Report Abuse
leufrank wrote:

I have a two-car garage (tandem). I haven't seen a good workshop plan for a tandem garage, but would love to see one since I've just built my home and now need to install my shop equipment and tools. Got any ideas where to turn?

7/11/2013 11:04:12 AM Report Abuse
pdolan827 wrote:

where is the TV. how will you make it thru football season Pat columbus ohio

5/13/2013 10:36:25 AM Report Abuse
thomasclark2 wrote:

All the baby tools are so cute in the extra clean, never used workshop. I like the cabinets though!

1/19/2012 11:55:16 AM Report Abuse
woodsynut wrote:

have you thought overhead wood storage they sell cheap lifts to put wood on maybe you could design you own?

1/19/2012 11:17:41 AM Report Abuse
Catfish wrote:

A few feet off to the side of my garage is a small storage shed where I am able to keep my lawn equipment, storage boxes and such. I do wish I had aseparate shop for welding and such. But that will come with time. Luckily my garage has a carport on it so I can keep the truck there<);o}

1/19/2012 10:50:06 AM Report Abuse
sawdustpile17 wrote:

For JREST3: To save space install a tankless water heater on the wall and stackable washer and dryer. while you are building install radiant heat in the floor

10/20/2011 09:24:49 PM Report Abuse
pogybait wrote:

Got 1/2 of a two car garage without the dust collector problem--I thought ahead and put it outside in a shed and use a remote switch to turn it on and have only 4" holes in ceiling space. As a master electrician(retired) I built the power then vaccuum, then stationary tool locations--the rest of you guys must luv noise--why else you put the vaccuum inside?

10/20/2011 07:21:57 PM Report Abuse
sawdustpile17 wrote:

To: JREST3 Have you thought about a tankless water heater. Just mount it on the wall above the washer and dryer

10/20/2011 05:50:49 PM Report Abuse
bill3713321 wrote:

If only I didn't have all this bothersome wood that I have to be able to get to!

10/20/2011 04:44:15 PM Report Abuse
JREAST3 wrote:


10/20/2011 12:34:46 PM Report Abuse
dwarner08 wrote:

Also note that this is a 2-1/2 car garage, not a 2-car garage. The extra width make a big difference

10/20/2011 11:51:10 AM Report Abuse
zacker01 wrote:

these plans are all well and good but in the real world, we also have to contend with other, space robbing elements of the smaller garage / shop. Lawn equipment, storage boxes, seasonal stuff like lawn chairs... and we also need lumber storage.. with all my tools against the wall, i have no place to put plywood and such plus no place to hang anymore pegboard.

10/20/2011 10:36:29 AM Report Abuse

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