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Offline Brass_Machine

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Shop setup
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:16:16 PM »
Since I have moved, I have been trying to setup my new shop. I have a small unpowered 10'x20' garage. Not really worried about the unpowered part, there are outside plugs very close and I have plans to buy a decent generator soon.

I know we have done this before, but let's do it again... Ideas for storage, benches etc... I would like to make use of the room as best as possible..

So, hit me with it. What are you guys doing?

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Re: Shop setup
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 04:41:44 PM »
I was very fortunate in that my parents were getting a new kitchen installed, and I got the old one free (nothing wrong with it), it works pretty good for me.

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Re: Shop setup
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 05:03:22 PM »
I bought some of these for the workshop. Each unit comes with at least three adjustable shelves.

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Re: Shop setup
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 06:02:29 PM »

I think its just really cheaper just to go to Home Depot and purchase 2x4 and boards for your benches, you get what you want and really having it taylor made for you will last over time with no regrets in the future.

Consider Goodwill stores for stuff like shelving and materials i have made a killing doing that plus keep and eye open for local auctions and free stuff from Craigs List.  Anthony....
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Re: Shop setup
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2014, 01:42:45 AM »
Make several small benches -mobile.
So you can clean under & behind them also when that vital part flys into the 'vanishing space', you might just find it.
If you are moving, they can come with you.
When you need to work on a larger project, you can rearrange them to suit.
Just fix your vice to solid ground, not your benches

Offline Jonny

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Re: Shop setup
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 10:01:31 AM »
Theres really no cheap solution unless given the materials.

Woods available and easy to work with but doesn't take a liking to machinery and vibrations.
Did try 4x2" in the 90's for the framework but couldn't bare the noise of saw, small mill, grinder and bench drill. Best thing ever done was rip it out after a few weeks.

My shops arranged so that it revolves around what I need and do most often. No long wasted time walks to find a drill bit and the like, its all to hand in main working area.

Ended up building benches around machinery from 2x1" SHS topped off with cheap kitchen work surface from a specialist (not dear places like B&Q, Ikea and the like.) 35 per 3.6M length and cut to exact size as many pieces from that 3M length! B&Q price for same 120+ each. 7 off 6M lengths of SHS didn't go very far, already had 3 so had to butcher existing framework all rawl bolted to the walls - solid.
Have a 6" quick release Woden vice even with a 6ft of 1/ 1/4" x 1/8" stainless tube giving leverage on handle, the particular bench don't move from wall. Vice to work surface, work surface screwed to SHS, SHS rawl bolted to walls - solid.
Benches are all different heights to suit application ie the one lathe I can get the tail stock off. Others same height as kitchen great for chucking a compressor underneath even a cnc, mig, propane and calor gas heater etc.
You will be amased what you can get in, I have mates with 5 times the area and actually less in there and no where to move.

Likewise better to use the walls to store lighter items, make your own brackets uprights and horizontal shelves welded together from 1"x1"x 1/8". I have a mix of shelves some the backing off stainless steel bundles of steel, steel wardrobe doors and so on. MDF not very good you will need a lot more bracketry at shorter intervals.

For those that have wooded sheds and the like, its a great way to beef up the structure, mines brick by the way.

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Re: Shop setup
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2014, 04:09:38 PM »
overhead storage if you have the head room, if the garage doesnt have rafters I would put a few in or make some clever pull down boxes.
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