Is your wood shop organization a challenge? Do you have a one car garage that has to serve as your shop and lumber storage? Oh wait! That’s ME! Generally I have so much stuff in my garage (shop) that I may have to wheel the saws to the driveway. I always have to work on projects in the driveway. There is no room in the garage for building. But all that is changing now. My neighbor Rodney and I spent five full days working on the garage organization.
On the morning we were to start, I had to take my truck to the shop (rodent damaged wiring, probably a squirrel). When I returned, Rodney had a good start of emptying out the stuff. On my way to the dealership, I phoned him to ask him to take some pics for me.
It’s pretty scary, so I’m including the before and after pictures together!
The garage has 2 sides, the inside wall (near the house) and the outside wall. This is the before and after of the inside wall.
This collage shows the storage of all the sections of the inside wall.
Top image shows new shelving Rodney built to hold paints, stains and assorted Homeright products.
The middle images are of the small stoop area where I exit the house. To the left are my yard tools-under the stoop are milk crates of spray paint separated by color-making it easy to grab the entire crate to find the color I need. Rodney built a “skid” to keep everything off the ground.
The bottoms left is another small skid we built to hold my gallon paints. The image on the right is a full shot of the left side of the garage (the inside wall).
This before and after isn’t exactly from the same view, but you can get an idea of the improvement.
This collage is of the outside wall. Top left shows most of the outside wall. Much of this area was organized and tidied with the exception of the top right image. That area contained an old tall storage cabinet. It has been replaced with new vertical storage to get my long trim pieces out of the lumber cart that rests on the inside wall.
The bottom left shows all my bits and pieces and my stands. This is one of the areas that was totally out of control. The bottom right fuzzy image was taken from the facebook video and shows a nice long shot of the entire area.
This was taken from the driveway. You can see the lumber storage bench in the back left corner. In the middle of the garage in the back, the lumber storage cart, and on the right (front) is my rolling tool cart. My table saw and compound miter saw are both on wheels.
Rodney has been trying to help me figure out how to keep the garage from flooding. He chiseled out some pavement to allow the door to close more which left a huge gap and made it impossible for me to wheel anything from the garage to the driveway. We designed this handy ramp that allows me to move my mobile tools and rolling tool cart to the driveway.
If you’d like to see a video, check out this facebook live video showing the reveal of the garage.
I’ve already worked on a couple of projects and I can tell you it was so much easier. I always knew where my tools were, that wasn’t the problem. The problem in this one car garage wood shop was the clutter!! I’m so happy this huge job is behind me.
We also worked on the shed, more about that later. But you can see the before and after of the shed exterior over on the Homeright DIY blog later today.
Can you work in the space where you house your tools and lumber?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.