Convert Your Shopvac into a Dust Collection System

Convert Your Shopvac into a Dust Collection System

How do you turn your shopvac into an efficient dust collector? A shopvac is not really meant to be a steady dust collector. It creates a high pressure / low volume of air movement. But a good dust collector does the opposite, it should have low pressure and a high volume of air movement. The problem is that with a garage shop and the small […]

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Dust Control in a Garage Woodworking Shop

Dust Control in a Garage Woodworking Shop

What is the best setup for a dust collection system in my garage for woodworking? Dust collection while woodworking is obviously very important. It becomes especially important when working in a small space such as a garage. Not only does the dust coat everything in the shop, in a confined space all that dust build up in the air is a real danger to your […]

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Garage Sound Proofing and Noise Reduction

Garage Sound Proofing and Noise Reduction

What is the best way to sound proof a garage from woodworking machinery? One of the biggest deterrents from getting the ‘OK’ from the wife in building a garage workshop is that it’ll make a lot of noise when you are running your machines. Offering to buy earplugs for the rest of the family might be the simplest and cheapest solution, but good luck on […]

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Amount of Heat Power Needed to Heat a Garage

Amount of Heat Power Needed to Heat a Garage

How much heating power will I need to heat a garage? What is the best way to keep warm in your garage workshop? Woodworking with cold fingers is not a pleasant or very precise undertaking. So, if you live in a place that gets cold in the winter, you’re going to need to heat your garage workshop. There are a few ways to heat your […]

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Garage to Workshop Conversion – First Steps

Garage to Workshop Conversion – First Steps

What should I do first to convert a garage into my woodworking dream space? So you’ve finally got the ‘ok’ from your wife to turn the garage into a workshop. Great, first battle won! Now to the next challenge, getting things organized. Because of the small space that you will have in either a one or two car garage, you will want to make the […]

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Garage Woodworking Layouts

Garage Woodworking Layouts

I don’t have a lot of space in my garage. Are there any good plans for the best way to layout the tools in my workshop? You’ll want to start by taking good measurements of your garage. Then compile a list of the tools that you own (or hope to own) that take up floor space. This will include your workbench, planer, jointer, tablesaw, drill […]

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Woodworking Tool Substitution

Woodworking Tool Substitution

I don’t have space for every woodworking tool, what are the most important tools to have for my garage workshop? If your lack of space prevents you from having a full compliment of tools, you’ll just have to deal with less. Fortunately, most woodworking tools are very versatile. If you look up what the most important woodworking tools are, you probably get a list similar […]

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What is the Best Workbench Height?

What is the Best Workbench Height?

What is the ideal workbench height for you? One of the more practical features about building your own workbench is that you are able to customize the dimensions, depth, width, and especially, height so that it suits you perfectly. If your workbench height is off by just a few inches, it can really make things hard on your back when you are doing long tasks […]

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