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Old 12-13-2019, 09:20 AM   #1
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Lightbulb ROFL it's Waffle's garage organizing build thread

What better way to get motivated to clean my garage and engineer new and improved usability in obvious and not so obvious places (garage floor, walls, ceiling, and everywhere between).


Pics, "engineering drawings", and concept drawings coming soon.


My objective: To build stuff from simple materials that are easily procurable from any local hardware store.


Considering:
Folding workbenches
Overhead storage bins
Quickjack, and other lift options
Flooring (currently it's painted)
Decorations (it IS a mancave after all)
To heat or not to heat
Security (not needed in my neighborhood, but maybe worth looking into for y'all)
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What better way to get motivated to clean my garage and engineer new and improved usability in obvious and not so obvious places (garage floor, walls, ceiling, and everywhere between).


Pics, "engineering drawings", and concept drawings coming soon.


My objective: To build stuff from simple materials that are easily procurable from any local hardware store.


Considering:
Folding workbenches
Overhead storage bins

Quickjack, and other lift options
Flooring (currently it's painted)
Decorations (it IS a mancave after all)
To heat or not to heat
Security (not needed in my neighborhood, but maybe worth looking into for y'all)
Why folding workbenches? Where in the hell are you going to stack your unfinished projects?

Overhead storage bins? Why? You will just stick stuff up there, never to be used again. Then every 25 years or when you move, you clean it out and wonder why you ever saved it.

Security not needed? Famous last words -

Maybe ol @Ultramaroon can give you some hints, @Tcoat says Ultra's garage is a "piece of work" -


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Why folding workbenches? Where in the hell are you going to stack your unfinished projects?

Overhead storage bins? Why? You will just stick stuff up there, never to be used again. Then every 25 years or when you move, you clean it out and wonder why you ever saved it.

Security not needed? Famous last words -

Maybe ol @Ultramaroon can give you some hints, @Tcoat says Ultra's garage is a "piece of work" -


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I am in no position to critique Ultra's garage after my recent basement clean ups and old stuff disposal.
Finds included but were not limited to:
Valve covers for a 440. Brass plated.
One damaged SS hubcap for the 64 Impala.
A 1954 to 70 Chevy repair manual library book.
A really cheap timing gun with the leads rotted off and the dwell meter to go with it.
My carb adjusting screw diver.
The hood ornament for a 58 Chev.
Eight (yes 8) Pinto fender badges. I have never owned (nor knew anybody that did) a Pinto.
A widowmaker bumper jack of early 60s vintage. Probably Ford.
Two rear window wind deflectors from a 58 Nomad wagon.
A whole box of door handles and window winders that I think were for a Karmann Ghia.
A bag of chrome trim fasteners that would probably be 58 Ford.
A stuck open BOV and turbo mounting brackets from a 91 Talon TSI.
A bunch of odds and end that I have no idea what they were from.


It is important to understand that I have not owned most of those cars for at least 30 years.
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WOW! A lot of vintage stuff there - I'd throw them up on Craig's list -


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*sigh* I really do need to clean up my shit. Not for myself, but for my guests' peace of mind.


That being said, I saved all the parts for the Murphy workbench I built into the one-car garage I had in Minnesota. I was quite proud of the design. It lifted along sliders in the rear so it faced out when stowed. I didn't have to lift the attached vise and bench grinder because of the way it pivoted at the front.
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I kept a couple of pieces and gave the rest away at one of the regular classic car meets in town. Wasn't into the hassle of trying to sell it all for the few bucks it was worth.
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*sigh* I really do need to clean up my shit. Not for myself, but for my guests' peace of mind.


That being said, I saved all the parts for the Murphy workbench I built into the one-car garage I had in Minnesota. I was quite proud of the design. It lifted along sliders in the rear so it faced out when stowed. I didn't have to lift the attached vise and bench grinder because of the way it pivoted at the front.
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Haha... I was still single and cycling forty miles at a time.
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Haha... I was still single and cycling forty miles at a time.
I got the picture.

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Why folding workbenches? Where in the hell are you going to stack your unfinished projects?
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I have garbage pickup for unfinished projects lol.


I like folding stuff, especially on locking casters. Some of my projects take up more space, and I prefer that everything can be accessed with ease (creating the ideal temporary workspace for the project, then fold up and resume normalcy). This is important to me because I change my mind like the wind (and more research tends to blow me off the original intended course).
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Wasn't into the hassle of trying to sell it all for the few bucks it was worth.
That's what I told my wife the second time she wanted to have a garage sale.
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My best new tool just arrived this morning (so now I have the rest of the work-day to think about unboxing it), a Quickjack SLX-5000 (to fit my wife's RAV4) with EXT accessory (to fit my LS460). This couldn't come at a better time as I lodged a roofing nail in one of my brand new snow tires . Tire got patched this morning, so tonight will be my fix. Storing the quickjack is my next task, although it'll probably take up the space where my race-ramps and jack stands currently reside.
Stay tuned for some.


UPDATE:
Amazon had a nice electrical cable with crank winder, so I picked up one of those because I was in desperate need of cable management (left that stuff at the previous house).
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Caster Wheels! My garage continues the theme "everything must be on wheels." My latest addition of handy tools is a set of 4 Harbor Freight Daytona wheel jacks (the yellow ones, similar to the Go-Jacks) for lifting up my S2000 and rolling it around the garage for ease of parking/long-term storage so my wife can keep using her parking space, and I can easily access/position either car I wish to drive. Pics to follow soon as: 1. the jacks arrive (any day now), and 2. the damn boat of a station wagon gets shipped to the previous homeowner (late March 2020).

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Caster Wheels! My garage continues the theme "everything must be on wheels." My latest addition of handy tools is a set of 4 Harbor Freight Daytona wheel jacks (the yellow ones, similar to the Go-Jacks) for lifting up my S2000 and rolling it around the garage for ease of parking/long-term storage so my wife can keep using her parking space, and I can easily access/position either car I wish to drive. Pics to follow soon as: 1. the jacks arrive (any day now), and 2. the damn boat of a station wagon gets shipped to the previous homeowner (late March 2020).

https://www.harborfreight.com/5200-l...waAjw4EALw_wcB
I had 4 of those (well an older version) that I used when doing frame off restorations on my classic cars. They are wonderful and so handy for many things. Even had a home made engine mount I could clamp onto them too do the engine rebuilds.
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