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Old 10-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default The Hobby Garage

I started working on my garage as soon as we bought our first house 1 year ago. It was mostly a storage area with just enough space to work on my bikes, RC cars, house… My car use to be in it but that is gone and I have some time to really work on making it a fun useful place for me. It still has to store overflow from the house and my kids many outdoor toys. I enjoy working on cars, bikes, motorcycles, RC’s of all sorts. I also want to be able to do wood and metal work for the house and other projects. I started looking for inspiration online and stumbled onto the 12 gauge garage and the rest of Garage journal. It has inspired me to look for creative solutions and remake my small garage.
About the garage:
19X20 with a 15 foot wide door, 1 house door 1 outside door.
First thing I did was replace the outside door that was rotted out and added some shelving. It stayed that way for almost a year, now it is moving along fast.


Work bench, back wall as of 12-1-14


List of things done:
1. Insulation
Garage door with radiant barrier bubble insulation. (must be done with an air gap!)


Super light and easy. The afternoon sun hits the door and it was 130+ on an average day. This made the garage unbearably hot. Afterwards it much cooler and quitter too.
R-13 on all walls and in the roof. Went from +20 to less the outside. This made such a huge difference, I wish I had done it sooner.
2. Install Panasonic FV-30VQ3 WhisperCeiling 290 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan with weekly timer switch. Runs from noon to 8pm every day.
(fan pic)
3. Demoed 60 year old shelves and cabinets.

4. Rebuild shelves using as much of the old wood as possible.
a. Floor to ceiling made for Rubbermaid 18 gal Roughneck Storage Box. 2 sets of 4 foot by 2 foot with 4 shelves. 3 boxes per shelf.

b. I had to move the garage door supports to clear the new shelfs

5. Stereo system. PC 200 Watt systems with Ipod dock, remote and old bookshelf speakers.
6. Rebuild old falling down work bench for Chop saw. I used the original wood and 1 sheet of plywood. I located it outside to keep the mess out of the garage. Stained to protect from elements.


7. Installed a 16x16 foot sunshade on the side of the house.
8. Move compressor outside and ran all air, wiring with remote switch.

List of things to do:
1. Build workbench. Need to find one more toolbox as a base.
2. Install wall control metal pegboard.
3. Paint back wall.
4. Build a shed. Get all the unused crap out.
5. Find a bigger vise.
6. Install a quick release system on outdoor bench.

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Old 10-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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My intention for this tread is to chronicle how I use and improve my garage.
My project for the weekend was cleaning installing new rotors on the bike.
I just received my XTR Carbon Pads and carbon rotor.
Bling bling stoppers
Cleaned, taped and torqued everything. They are a little warped, so I'm going to have to work on that.



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Old 10-16-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Charging station

If you are like me you have a lot of chargers. I like unplug them when they are not in use and I need a place to keep them all. Right now there are 7 chargers that I use:
Ipod
RC car 1, 2
RC Heli / Plane
Bicycle light 1,2
Garmin / GoPro / Samsung
Plus the all-important stereo system.
I ordered a 8 port DJ switch and wired it up to an outlet so that it doesn’t take up a plug. It is fused and each port is switched.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:36 AM   #4
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Default Tool box Snap-on krl761b

Hi
I picked up a Snap-on krl761b on Craigslist for $1500. It is in good shape, but I wanted to clean up the slides and paint. Thanks for all the garage journal posts on how to clean up these boxes.
I removed all the slides and took some pictures, so enjoy.
Not to bad, but a couple of the drawers where not the smoothest.

Used a screwdriver to pry out the slides and then lift them up. You have to start at the top and work your way down.

Took pictures so I could put it back together.


Most of the slides ready for cleaning

Cleaned everything with diesel and and a brush.
Lubed with Super lube 21030. I used a small paint brush to get into the nooks and crannies.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Good work on the Snappy.
Just done the same thing to my tool box-found the instruction book to my DeWalt cordless in the bottom of the cab. Have absolutely no idea how it got in there
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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Thanks 51rider
I finally got it all back together last night. Damn that was a lot of work, but the drawers are soooooo smooth now.

I need to work on organizing it a little better and make some more labels. I used magnets so they can be moved as I load the box up.

Next on the list is to make a work bench.
I'm looking for 2 Vidmar like cabinets to make a 9-10ft work bench out of. I want to be able to sit down and work on things.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:46 AM   #7
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Mac tools MB8800 Clean and Lube
I got a used Mac MB8800 this weekend and needed to clean it up. I had just done my other box so I had all the stuff I needed. This is a ball bearing box with detents.
You cannot remove the drawers with the sides on like a Snap-on box. Push the little tabs on the inside of the box and pull the front of the slide out while pushing the drawer back. This will separate the slides from the drawer.

Once everything is out, I cleaned and lubed.

This box had all small drawers on top and I wanted a 4”, so I switch around the slides to get the correct layout.

This box is going to be used as a support for my new workbench. I am taking off the wheels so that I can get a 37” work surface. Still thinking about layout and whether To have 12ft of butcher block or 6 Butcher and 6 steel.

Need a spot for a vise. A drill press will go on the far left and peg board will line the wall under the cabnets.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:41 PM   #8
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I'm stealing your toolbox magnet labeler idea - genius!
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:41 AM   #9
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Wilton 300S vise restore
3 inch jaws and 26ish lb’s.
I picked this up on Craigslist for $110. It’s in pretty good shape to start and it is not missing any parts.


The action is a little sticky and it has been used outside for most of its life.


To start, I completely disassembled the vise.


Then I took a wire brush in a drill to most of the parts. The rust is not that bad and most of it came off with little effort.
I’m going to uses Permatex type anti-seize on all the threads. Super lube on the main slides and for a protector on the non-painted areas like the bottom clamp. Paint will be Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal Finish Spray, Verde Green.
I have some questions for the Wilton experts.
Is it worth doing a Molasses soak to get every last bit of rust or am I fighting a losing battle?
The center pin has markings on one side; do the markings go up or down?
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:22 AM   #10
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Nice job , keep going sir ! , you have a nice setup
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This vice is awesome! Please show me organisation of the box inside.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:02 PM   #12
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This weekend I moved my compressor outside and ran the electrical and air hose. It’s nothing special but it gets the job done. One thing is that it is stupid loud and takes up a fair share of space. I got the box as scrape from work. It is weather tight and vented. The steel is around 10 gage. To start I leveled the area with pavers and set the box in place, all 100+ lb’s of it. Then I cut an old 2 inch pipe and a stub of PVC. I wanted the connection to the house to be a slip fit. This was if something moves it won’t hurt the house. I already had most of the hose in place, so I just added another line outside. There was already a dedicated outlet for the compressor that I moved up and installed a switch in it. This will control the compressor from inside and give me a power source for the bench that I am going to build. I was going to put a plug, but decided to just wire it directly. Too bad it’s on 115v and not 230.




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Old 11-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #13
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Thanks Guys
I am still working on the boxes and moving stuff as the plan comes together more. Here is a pic of one drawer. As soon as I find another box for the workbench everything will get moved around.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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Thank you for showing the box. What is the steel thickness of the box?
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:46 AM   #15
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Making some progress.
I wire wheeled everything except for the base last night and it is looking good. Paint should be here by the weekend.

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One step closer to done. Cleaned everything for the last time and prepped for paint. Lube/coated all bare metal parts with Superlube and assembled. Taped then acetone wiped and primed. Pins are in and are going to be painted. Endcap, handles and jaws will be polished and waxed.




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nice work. Those tool boxes really cleaned up, and the vise is looking good!
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #18
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Deburring wheel showed up last night so I was able to finish everything up. Now I need to find a spot for it.
Start.

Finished product glamer shoots.




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That vice came out great, very impressive. Where did you get the DJ power block? I like that idea a lot.

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This color is awesome.
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