Garage Shop Makeover

Photo by Brian Francis

Most hobbyist woodworkers fall into one of two camps – basement or garage shops. Having worked in an attic and two basement shops before I had a dedicated building, I would have given my eyeteeth for a garage shop. Of course that doesn’t mean a garage shop is the end all. Even if you have the luxury of a two-car garage, it seems that the more space you have, the faster it fills up. It usually comes to a head when your spouse can’t get their car out of the elements.

If you’re in this predicament, you might want to check out the latest issue of Woodcraft Magazine (Issue 43, Oct./Nov. 2011). My good friend Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk (Senior Editor at the magazine) spent the better part of his “free-time” for the past nine months turning his disheveled workspace into a clean, organized, functional shop, and he still has room for a car. I’m proud to say that I had a small hand in the transformation. Joe recruited me for the job of designing his mobile miter saw station/lumber rack. I was apprehensive at first but I think the project turned out to be a winner and Joe did a great job on the build. If you’d like to get a taste of what he accomplished, check out Frank Byers’ post on Woodcraft’s blog. Even if you don’t like what I came up with, you’ll find plenty of other cool projects to incorporate into your shop.


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  1. george snyder
    40 mos, 1 wk ago

    Having known John and you for many years, I am sure that John would be proud to have you carry on the woodshop demo’s blog’s fine tradition. Best of luck

  2. Alan Bienlein
    39 mos, 1 wk ago

    Glad to see the site is back up and going again.
    Where can I find out more info or pictures of the miter saw station. I’ve been thinking about redoing mine.

  3. Craig
    39 mos, 1 wk ago

    If your local Woodcraft doesn’t have a copy of Woodcraft Magazine, Issue 43, you can order a copy from Woodcraft:–November-2011.aspx
    For a general overview of the garage makeover, check out Woodcraft’s blog:
    For more specifics on the miter saw station/lumber rack, refer to this entry on Woodcraft’s blog:

  4. 31 mos, 1 wk ago

    Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
    Nice post, dude :)

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