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Garage or no?
Apr 22nd, 2016 at 12:51pm
 
(Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this question. I don't have any pics but will post some soon.)

I was raised by a very strict code that, apart from one's home, your car is your most important investment. It gets you to/from work, where you make your money. It gets your family to the grocer, the doctor, school, etc. For that reason you respect your car, and you treat it right. And above all, you park your car in the garage!

I was also raised by an avid woodworker. So of course, I have the bug.

We live in a suburban house, small lot. There is not a lot of room to build a separate shop--not to mention there is no money to build a separate shop! So currently I am relegated to a small (6' x 10') space in our garage, just outside the entry to the house. It has my lathe, a small workbench, and lots of clutter.

Many of my friends insist that the garage is FOR a woodshop. They have never parked their cars in their garage. They park in the driveway. They think it is ridiculous that I use my garage for my cars.

I'm curious how many of you use your garage as your shop and park your cars outside. If I am ever going to move up to a "real" lathe (I have a midi, 10x18.) then a car will have to be parked outside. What are your thoughts?
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Re: Garage or no?
Reply #1 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 1:01pm
 
Same situation. My car once saw the inside of the garage. There is now not enough room in there to park a bike. It's ALL  shop.
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Reply #2 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 2:07pm
 
we have a two car garage. at first, it was all shop, now it is half shop, half storage. most of the storage will go to Habitat Store and to a women's shelter. then the wife can park inside again. garage is not big enough for both a car and a ˝ ton pickup.

so, my suggestion is do what YOU think is best. you can have both with careful planning.
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Reply #3 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 6:39pm
 
Put everything on wheels.  Works.  I did it for years.  When you live in MT you park in the garage if at all possible.
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Reply #4 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 8:05pm
 
No vehicles in the garage yet ...but hopefully soon
I do want to park in the garage to protect the investment as you mentioned but as many have found, space is always at a premium no matter what your hobby or situation.. Cars are built to handle the elements and are sadly the first things to get kicked out.
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Reply #5 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 10:16pm
 
Larry Matchett wrote on Apr 22nd, 2016 at 6:39pm:
When you live in MT you park in the garage if at all possible

I did not know you could live in a Morse Taper. I am confused now. Cheesy Cheesy

Mark,  I don't know where you live so leaving the car outside may or may not be acceptable.  Where I live, in the Cayman Islands I have never had a garage.  If I did my shop would be bigger than 12 x12.  and my car would still be outside.  So I agree with David.  Do with what works for you and your family.
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Reply #6 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 10:57pm
 
We park our vehicles in the garage, the winters here in Saskatchewan can, and do get brutally cold, we are also in our forever house (I hope !! )  And it's nice having a garage to park both vehicles in, but with this house we have a 24'x24' detached garage in the back yard, that I've converted to a heated shop, the shop in back was a huge bonus when we bought this house. Now that I have a shop not in or attached to the house it will be hard to get me to move again. But if I didn't have the shop in back, my shop would be in the garage and on wheels and still not give up any parking !!
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Reply #7 - Apr 23rd, 2016 at 8:06am
 
James, the only thing that would make your situation even better is to build a causeway between the house and the shop!!!

As in... no shoveling to get to the shop in the winter!!!Smiley Smiley
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Reply #8 - Apr 23rd, 2016 at 10:57pm
 
Len Layman wrote on Apr 22nd, 2016 at 10:16pm:
I did not know you could live in a Morse Taper. I am confused now.


MT = Montana, Big Sky Country.
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Reply #9 - Apr 25th, 2016 at 2:03pm
 
The only thing that needs to be parked in the garage is the motorcycle - the rest of the space should be used for the work shop and storage - at least that's what I tell my wife  Wink

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Reply #10 - Apr 26th, 2016 at 4:49pm
 
Wheels are your friend.  I have a one car garage and the wife insists on having a warm  dry car in the morning.  All the noisy and dusty machines  must live in the garage. so table saw, router table and jointer  are on heavy locking casters.  I back the car out and  do what needs to  get  done. clean up and move the car back. oddly the lathe  lives in the basement shop with a dust deputy attached.
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Re: Garage or no?
Reply #11 - Apr 27th, 2016 at 1:41pm
 
Dave Gill wrote on Apr 25th, 2016 at 2:03pm:
The only thing that needs to be parked in the garage is the motorcycle - the rest of the space should be used for the work shop and storage - at least that's what I tell my wife  Wink

Dave G.


I tell my wife the exact same thing! So far, she's allowed me to persist in my delusion.  Wink
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Reply #12 - Apr 28th, 2016 at 10:38pm
 
Hey Bill - must be a California thing Wink
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Reply #13 - May 2nd, 2016 at 1:03pm
 
My garage does "double duty". About half is dedicated to woodworking/turning toys (mostly) but half has to be reserved for car parking in bad weather and every night... so some toys tools are on wheels and my "wood stash" is a set of shelves on the wall on the other side of the car space. I planned to add a carport out front so I could use all of the garage, but the City says I'm not allowed because the front of my house is too close to the middle of the street (55 ft from garage to middle of 16 ft wide street).  Here's a photo... the "shop" is very messy right now.
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