Shop Update May 2018

So it’s been a little while since I posted an update on the blog, but I figured I’d recap what I’ve been up to the early part of Spring. Between weekends on Volleyball trips for my daughter’s travel team and cold weather, it took a couple of months to reorganize the shop, formerly known as the garage.

It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but it’s much more functional now. I’ve completed a lumber storage rack, as well as a bit of cabinetry for more storage(with more to come) and additional out-feed table work space, a downdraft table as well as a few new jigs.

garage shop

In addition to some new storage and reorganization inside the shop, I’ve also added 7 new overhead lights each providing about 4,000 lumens, which is a tremendous and much needed boost to the shop for lighting.

downdraft table

The downdraft table helps for minimizing dust when sanding, especially on smaller sized pieces. I still need to build a quick little collapsable wall to put up around the box when sending, but even without that it’s a great addition and improvement over not having one.

Everything that touches the garage shop floor is also on wheels so it can easily and quickly be moved and reconfigured based on the current project or projects. Here you can see a few more shelves on the garage wall. I’ve also added another mobile bench, that houses my tablet top jointer and lunch box planer, with the shop vacs below. The table saw is near the back of the shop closer to the dust collector since I’ve not yet added in a run system with drops to individual tools just yet.

Other than that, I’ve got a couple of new projects finishing up soon that I’ll be posting about and possibly adding youtube videos about the builds to get that going soon which should be pretty cool and a long time coming. Here is a test video I made recently, there are some things that I shouldn’t have done, so I do not recommend following some of these techniques and as always work within what you feel comfortable doing as far as it comes to safety.


Hope you enjoy it and find it entertaining. Until next time, Build something Big!

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About the author : Will Schmierer

By day I'm a Front End Developer. By nights and weekends I'm a passionate woodworker and content creator. I'm also a husband and father of three with two toddlers and a teenager. Life is constantly a balance and there is never a dull moment. My passion for wood working re-emerged a few years ago when my wife and I bought our first home in Virginia after many years of living in Miami. A lot of things in my life contribute towards my passion for building and making, but I think the route of that stems from my time at University of Miami's School of Architecture. I'm not only a graduate of the school but one of it's biggest fans. It's all about the []_[]

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