HOW TO PACK A COMPLETE SHOP
INTO A ONE-CAR GARAGE!
Mobile machines make the difference.
SHOP OWNER: Jerry Hydle
LOCATION: San Diego County, CA
First, let me say I'm a tool junkie and I'm not ashamed of it. I started woodworking in 1952, when I took my first shop class. But it was many years before I could afford good tools or had a place to set up a shop. Now I'm making up for lost time. I thought other visitors to your site might be interested in the way I have handled having all these machines in my small shop.
My first major machine was a Shop Smith with several accessories, and it was sufficient for a long time. With a multi-purpose machine like this, you have to plan your work carefully, and the tablesaw is marginal; but it got me through.
About six years ago I really got the bug and started to replace my home-shop-quality tools with better stuff. My problem was--and is--space; my shop is a one-car garage with a small storage room attached to the back. To use all these tools I would have to devise a work-around plan.
My solution was to put all the machines on mobile bases so I can drag the ones I need out into the driveway to get enough room to work. I've used several commercial bases, including:
Besides these tools, I've got two benches, a drill press, a radial saw (in the back room), a small jointer, Rockwell lathe, rollaway toolbox, Leigh jig on a portable base, Delta Sharpening Station, Ryobi planer, a 3½ hp air compressor and 2 shop vacuums--not to mention a water heater and a washer and dryer. I won't go into the hand tools and hand power tools stored wherever I can find room. Plus, there are two 4-ft.-wide x 6-ft.-high x 10-in.-deep cabinets full of goodies on one wall.
- Jet contractor's saw on a Vega VG-8 "Machine Mover" base (advertised to handle up to 800 lb.);
- Jet 14-in. bandsaw on a Delta Universal Mobile base;
- DeWalt surface planer on a Sears Router Table base on a Delta Universal Mobile base;
- ShopSmith with 1-in. belt sander and 10-in. disk sander attachments on ShopSmith retractable casters;
- Shop Smith Power station with SS band saw also on ShopSmith retractable casters;
- Shop-built router table (Norm's top, my base) on a Delta Universal Mobile base;
- Ryobi 10-in. compound miter saw on a Rousseau Miter Saw Super Stand (the stand sells for over $200 in the tool store but I got this one at a tool swap meet for $100; there is a Ryobi Oscillating Spindle sander stored on the bottom shelf);
- A DeWalt Scroll saw on a Delta Universal Mobile base.
I am a lucky man. Now, all I need is the time and the patience to develop the skills I need to put these wonderful machines to use....Jerry Hydle
SEND US YOUR "SHOP SHOTS"
This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s).
Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity,
and we will not return photos.
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081