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Posted by pauleyman, Jul 14, 2020

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  1. pauleyman

    pauleyman DSM Wiseman

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    Lets hear it. What do you have?
    Here is my dilema. I sold the house I built with dream garage and now I'm in a smaller garage. I have the 56" homak h2pro upper and lower and it just takes up a lot of floor space. I'm considering something built under the workbench. Dare I say...a pair of harbor freight 44"?
    Thoughts? Other suggestions?
     

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  2. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    I have a large-ish SnapOn box/cabinet and a smaller Craftsman box. In my garage, they do take up a bit of space partially due to size, and partially due to the house owners having shelves and cabinets installed already that eat up space around my GSX. It's a 3-car garage, and this portion on the end was just simply ideal to have my GSX while my wife and I have our DD cars in the bigger area. I would say if you have the means, build cabinets and shelves if you're starting out from a bare garage. You'll be able to put anything anywhere you wish. When I need extra space on one side, I have to move the car to get that room. Glad I bought wheel dollies. Since I rent this house, I'm very limited with what I can do, so I have to deal with what I have and just be happy I have it to begin with.



    My boxes on each side of the car.
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    This cabinet is mine, but all the others where built in.
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  3. NWHTanK

    NWHTanK Proven Member

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    Since moving went smaller at work and home. At work 2 of these. 1 car garage at home. received_877609516096571.jpeg
     

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  4. pauleyman

    pauleyman DSM Wiseman

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    What is that a cart?

    Currently I have 5 sets if 18" deep wire shelving. One entire wall and one next to the toolbox on the other side. My workbench is up front. Its one car only considering I also have a compressor. Large polisher. Radial arm saw and a 20 ton press. Oh and a 3 ft chest freezer
     

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  5. jinscho

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    I just picked up the Harbor Freight 44" lower cab since I outgrew my SnapOn top chest a few years ago and tools have been everywhere in the garage since.

    The quality on this thing is absurd for the price. First off, the ball bearing slides are a direct copy of the SnapOn design. It's heavy gauge steel, not some cheap flimsy stuff as you'd expect given the price tag. And the drawers all come with custom fitting liners. Did I mention the full length drawer, along with both of the deep drawers have doubled up slides?

    Yeah.. best $500 I've spent in a long time. 20200713_211212.jpg
     

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  6. NWHTanK

    NWHTanK Proven Member

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    Mine are Cornwell boxes. With roller drawers and a power strip I use for my cordless impact tools, Harbor freight does sell something simular. The one at home I had planned to load into a enclosed car trailer when I upgrade. Obtw I moved my big air compressor to the basement for more space in the garage, and it makes things alot quieter..
     

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    NWHTanK Proven Member

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    I didn't pay this much for them. 900 I think was for the smaller one, then 1,200 a piece for other style. Screenshot_20200715-090922_Samsung Internet.jpg Screenshot_20200715-090859_Samsung Internet.jpg
     

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  9. ErikTande

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    I have a small garage as well and this was my solution. This is a really old pic (I've expanded it quite a bit) but I love this setup. I have lots of wall space, and putting your tools on the wall
    A. Lets you see them and pick them out easily
    B. Saves TONS of floor space

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  10. frosh29

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    I have no garage! Working on buying a house!

    I’m super jealous of you guys with 3 car garages!
     

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  11. spyderdrifter

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    I honestly got real lucky to find mine. Wish it were my house and not a rental, but maybe one day.

    I love how it looks, sadly for me, depending on how you see it, I have too many tools to mount on the walls.
     

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  12. luv2rallye

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    I love having a lot of tools on a 4' x 8' pegboard on the wall right above my workbench - easy access. All my 321 sockets, 110 wrenches, and specialty tools in the Craftsman toolbox (see post 36). 3 car attached garage (although 3rd stall is 2 motorcycles, 2 lawn mowers, and huge church table full of parts, etc), insulated and winter heated (60,000 BTU Modine gas heater came with the house - I mean this IS Mn after all), lots of light, air compressor, 12 ton press. I do ALL the repair work on all our mechanical stuff - especially the cars and motorcycles as it's my hobby, which is why I need and use all these tools. I was actually an electronic engineer before I retired and fixing cars has always been very relaxing after all that engineer thinking stuff all day long. Now it's just fun.


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  13. NWHTanK

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    Dam and a sink!
     

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  14. JPenny

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    Maybe it's not the best quality but it sure does get the job done for the line of work I do..Brand new home depot little over $400 tons of space.
    Thank you for your time, Jason Penny
     

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  15. pauleyman

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    Boy do I miss my old garage. 800 sq ft. Sink. Lots of light and heated in winter
     

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    Lol mine might be a 1 car, But since its attached to the , it also uses the house ac and heat ;)
     

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    Mine is attached, but hot in the summer cold in the winter. No hvac out there at all. Once I end up getting my own house, I'll have to do hvac for the garage.
     

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    The sink is definitely key. Also a fridge, and it being heated is super nice.

    Something to work toward for me!!
     

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    I've got tons of space, but still working on getting everything setup to how I want it. Garage is 3 cars wide and 2 deep with a full loft. Unfortunately it's detached and doesn't have HVAC, but the trade-off is a steel I-beam that runs straight down the center with an engine hoist trolley on it. The back wall of the garage has a 12 ft work bench that I just added an L shaped 7 ft extension. It cut down on available parking area, but gave me the room needed to properly mount my bench grinder, A-Frame press, and vice while still leaving a ton of room for activities.

    While redoing the workbench I thought about doing peg board for ease of access. I ended up going with the harbor freight 44" lower cab simply because I find it easier to organize. Each drawer has a specific purpose, with the largest drawer housing all of my 3/8" sockets/ratchets/extensions etc.

    I'm still considering installing some pegboard for the air tools though, as I've never found a method of storing them in a box that I've been happy with.

    Unfortunately I don't have water running to the garage anymore... The pipe that runs from the house to the garage burst two winter's back and I haven't had time to dig it up and replace it. Kinda low on the priority list right now.

    @JPenny I looked at that same HDepot setup before settling on the harbor freight box. They're both in the same general price range, and the husky on its own definitely provides more storage space. I only went with the HF box because 1. I already had the SnapOn top chest, and 2. Overall build quality was better (thicker gauge steel, better rails, sturdier casters). For the price though, that husky box is pretty damn solid. Lowe's has one for a little more that has a power bank built into the top cab that I was also looking at.

    ... I need to stop spending all of my money on tools
     

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    I needed a workbench with a vise and a decent size tool box but, with the size of the garage I was in space was at a premium. I did a lot of research to find a roll around toolbox that would fit under a workbench but it paid off because I was able to maximize that space and since it's a roll around pull it out and bring the tools to the side of the car I need to if I need them readily accessible. After I few trips back and forth to Home Depot & Lowes I found the right workbench/toolbox combo that would puzzle piece together.

    There's about a 1" on both sides of the toolbox and maybe an 1/8" on top and that's with the workbench at full height, even with the footpegs backed out all the way. Like a glove... :D

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    @gofer ..Dam you have a sink to...
     

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    Cool to see this expanding to garage discussion. Now I got to looking at overhead bin storage.
    The comments on people building a house. I did it. I offer this advice. Whatever you want done when building do it. It was cheap to add a sink extra lighting (I had 7 quad t4 fixtures). Cost a little more but ask in the beginning for gas lines. Extra circuits and plugs. 220v circuits if you want them and finally hvac. I added the following at relatively minimal expense in the grand scheme.
    Gas line which required a bigger regulator so good that I did it up front
    Extra circuits.
    Pair of 220v circuits
    If i had it to do over i wouldve done an ac mini split. Epoxy floor and some air lines all up front. The heater was easy with a gas line already there but in hindsight should've had the builder do that too. Also added insulation which is difficult to do after the fact.
    I wish I still had the house. I probably spent 2k in upgrades. Chump change in the grand scheme of building. Had I done the rest of it probably 5k.
     
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    You guys have garages?

    :(
     

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    I'd kill to be able to go back to when my garage was being built so I could make some quality of life changes. The plumbing issue would've been an easy fix, the pipe burst because it wasn't below the frost line. I have a 220v outlet, but it's upstairs in the loft portion. The lighting circuits make zero sense (2 fluorescent lights in one corner of the garage are on a separate circuit from everything else... And no they aren't over anything specific..).

    Fixing this stuff after the fact is significantly more expensive..
     

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    The best investment I did and requires the least amount of amps was to convert to led lighting.They are brighter and less power usage than it replaced. The garage is on the same circuit as the kitchen. So throw in lights on in both, dishwasher,microwave,frigerator, stereo,then throw in a corded tool and install pop would acure. So led for the win... ;)
     

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