The Workshop Build: Lessons Learned

Completed Workshop

No matter how well you plan, there will always be things you’ll wish you’d done differently.  So, I’m here to share a few things I wish I’d done differently with my shop build. Wall Space Wall space is sacred.  If you’re limited on space, plan the locations of outlets and ducting carefully.  Make sure you … Read moreThe Workshop Build: Lessons Learned

Drywall for the Garage Workshop: Part 2

Completed Drywall

I am no drywall expert.  Many experienced professionals have detailed the process of taping and mudding.  So, I won’t go into too much detail about the process and techniques.  Instead, I will cover some of the lessons I learned doing this as a DIY homeowner. A quick overview of my process I pre-filled all of … Read moreDrywall for the Garage Workshop: Part 2

Planning a Garage Workshop

Planning a garage workshop

Planning a garage workshop is intimidating.  Working with limited space is frustrating.  Knowing where to compromise is the key to success. Create drawings.  Create many of them.  Make one for each of your key systems: structural, machine locations, electrical, dust collection, lighting, etc. First, I created a two-dimensional structural drawing.  I drew it to scale … Read morePlanning a Garage Workshop

Hath Hell Frozen Over: Cooling a Windowless Garage Part II

LG portable air conditioner

It seems that way…for now.  I would love to install a ductless mini split in the garage.  I have a limited budget, so I figured I would give a small portable air conditioner first.  If it doesn’t adequately cool the space, I will return it. So far, it is working pretty well.  It cooled down … Read moreHath Hell Frozen Over: Cooling a Windowless Garage Part II