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Growing a Woodshop

Almost a year after settling into my new home, the garage is slowly becoming less of a storage space and more of a place where the magic will happen.

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Starting with this empty wall – my goal with this half of the garage is to create a safe, productive, and space efficient woodworking area. Attaching a perfectly level 2×4 across the wall will provide the backbone from which to build my bench.

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After being gifted the radial arm saw from an old neighbor, I knew I had to incorporate it into my bench. With some framing starting to take shape, the radial arm saw was held in place with temporary supports until more of the bench was built in order to perfect the placement and confirm its levelness before finally framing it in.

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The table height offset of my Craftsman sliding compound miter saw happened to be a perfect 3.5″ so making a dropped table for it was simple, and it allows me to use the whole bench to support the lengths of things being cut in my saw.

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Making a wall rack to store my wood, trim, and get other long things off the garage floor began with setting up a little production station on the trusty Grizzly. Tilting the head to 4-degrees gives the support rods some preload, and a rake to keep the material from falling off.

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Using drills, forstner bits, and stops for consistent dimensions, I drilled six nearly identical spines which will be lag bolted to the wall with laser alignment.

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Mounted to the wall on studs, I slipped some 13″ long .125″ walled .75″ steel tubing into the predrilled holes to provide support for trim, plastics, pvc pipe, 2×4′s, and other long things.

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Moving onto the fabrication for the beefy arms of the lower level, I grabbed a spare rip of .75″ MDF left over from the benchtop, and began cutting blanks in a jury rigged dust shroud to minimize the mess.

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Using a hard stop, and this handy Grriper, I was able to consistently profile the 12 blanks with ease.

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Giving these blanks the same 4-degree rake as the bars above.

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Gang drilling four brackets at a time means less time drilling, and more time building.

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After chamfering the holes to sink the screw heads, I created a little assembly fixture to consistently line up the pieces of the lower arm before gluing, clamping, and screwing.

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The assembled lower arms will provide a 24″ platform for storage of materials up to 14″ tall.

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Assembled with laser level, and near pinpoint accuracy – the glue dries as the screws hold it in place.

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Loaded up, and looking good! Freed up so much space on my floor, and keeps the extra trim safe from being trampled on. Still a long ways from finished, but all crucial completions towards reaching my goal.