October 24, 2004
One of the items I have not seen mentioned is a heavy duty work bench.
buy or build one..make it about waist high or just so you don't have to bend slightly.
A good size compressor would be next on the list...sized to match the
largest tool you have and any you plan to buy in the future..consider running steel air lines around the garage with air drops..you won't be dragging air hoses around.
Someone said to buy 1/4..3/8..1/2 sockets...basic sizes are good for starter sets....buy adaptors 1/4 to 3/8 etc..you won't have duplicate
sockets in differents sizes.
When buying tools...buy the best you can afford..not the best there is
Why buy expensive tools that are once or twice a year.
When you buy stationary power..ie. table saws, drill preses etc..invest
in some cheaper tools to have duplicates at each station...saves time
Designate works areas in the garage..if your truck shares space then you have to allow room for doors to open..the more you can make a
garage portable to more space you will have, heavy equip can be put on
locking casters to be moved out of the way when not in use
buy or build heavy duty shelving...cabinets woth and without dorrs..even the area between the overhead door and ceiling use be use.
consider lighting...overhead and task lighting..try to provide lighting that will eliminate shadows and using extension cords
The main idea behind the lobg post is to plan out what you have and what you plan on in the future...draw up a scaled floor plan..make paper cutouts of existing items and move them around till you can get the most out of the area