At least I didn't post pics of my OCD tool cabinet organization, lol.That place is too neat - how the hell do you get anything done?!,
I was just piddling around in my garage today and needed my impact driver, which I hadn’t used in many, many years. During the search I uncovered tools I forgot I had, and some other crap that I don’t even know what it is, never mind what o had it for. All I could think was, this area desperately needs to be gone through and sorted out. And then I see this workshop that’s cleaner than most kitchens. Thanks a lot.
How long before that garage is full of stuff again ?! I put in beams and extra joists and boarded out the loft of my single garage for extra storage and now the ground and first floors are nearly full !So last spring I spent some of the quarantine organizing my tool chest. Getting all my sockets, wrenches and pliers sorted and laid out in their drawers. It turned out great.
Fast forward to this past fall when track days are over, weather is getting colder, and covid started spiking and things started to clamp back down, I figured it best to go ahead and extend that organization streak from the tool chests to the rest of the garage bay. Here's what it looked like around mid-October:
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I moved out everything I could, sold a bunch of old tools and donated a bunch of old crap I didn't need, and tore out the drywall. I removed three dead mice carcasses, sealed all the holes and gaps with expanding foam, added some new outlets and a new 20 amp breaker to the panel (since the panel is right there, figured why not), added insulation, and sheathed it with 1/2" plywood. Then I went and covered the plywood with some brick paneling. Here it is about 4 weekends later:
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Once the paneling was up, I hit a warm weekend in the 60's and rented a floor buffer with a scrubbing pad and cleaned the garage floors. I etched the concrete and put down a cheap sealant from Home Depot. If I had known ahead of time the weather would be so cooperative, I would have splurged and ordered a better product from one of the online garage shops, but the cheap stuff still keeps the dust down and makes things a little easier to clean. My girls got some sponges and helped paint the brick to add some color, and I built a 3'x4' workbench in the back corner that also provides space for storing my saws and my wood/home tools:
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I had a bunch of old tools that belonged to my granddad, and I always wanted to diaplay them in the garage, so I spent an entire weekend with a wire brush and multiple salt/vinegar baths to clean them all. Most of the tool brands on them don't exist any more, and I enjoy the history of them. They are now hung in on the wall with my other wood/home tools stored in the cabinet and drawers. The saws fit under the workbench with my saw horses and some other stuff. I made a flat dolly for the table saw, so it just rolls in and out from the workbench whenever I need it.
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Finished garage with trim and final coat of paint on the walls and ceiling:
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I've since added new lighting and started hanging stuff on the wall. I moved my tool chest over to the garage and am using a 77" wide shelving unit to make it a freestanding workstation. I am mounting some wall control steel pegboard panels to it this weekend, and will start designing some overhead cabinets to build for the top of the shelving unit.
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There's obviously a lot of space now for just motorcycle, but this was all designed so I could also fit my SUV in this garage bay without issue. Hence the unique workbench setup in the back corner and mounting things on the wall as much as possible. With nothing stored in the central area of the garage bay, I can move my bike to the back of the garage and also pull in the SUV or the minivan to work on them, or keep them parked inside during the winter.
I'll post up a pic whenever I finish my workstation and cabinets.
Thanks! Yeah, I have a feeling I'll eventually end up re-doing the floor as the cheap sealer is already wearing away.@Dankotaru looks amazing. I recommend a two part epoxy for your floor. Durable and easy clean up for oil and chemical spills. Obviously costs more than the cheap gray sealer but will save you from pealing and having to recoat every year.
Amazing bench and peg board. Looking for something similar. Is that sold as one or something you put together?