Gary’s Garage Workshop

Located north of Indianapolis 500 Race, my shop has been well insulated. The 12′ workbench has 3 vises, 2 cup holders and t-track which replaces dogs and allows tools like jigs to be easily connected. The back wall holds tools in sections by what they do…cutting, driving,filing, etc. on movable sheets held by french cleats for easy future changes. The 12′ mitre saw station also holds all the portable power tools and the mitre saw is boxed in to control sawdust. The center of the shop is ready for the main power tools to be added when I get them. The turning section has sharpening tools at hand. I built in homemade speakers in the wall.


  1. Thomas Kaiser July 7, 2013

    My friend uses the blue too. I like that you have the shop so clean and set up for good flow.
    YOu sure do have a lot of plugs on your bench, don’t think I would….. but I like the t-track.
    very well organized, big plus in a shop I believe

  2. Damian McLemore July 7, 2013

    That’s a BIG Garage !!! My work space is only 16′ x 6’….. I would die for this size Ha Ha !!! Great Setup though, very nice.

  3. Woodmam July 7, 2013

    This is how I wish my shop was
    Plenty of room to move and work on large projects, lots of thought gone into planning storage of tools to make them easy to access on the fly. I really like the colour scheme and I bet those speakers let out some great sound. I’m thinking of hanging a couple of speakers in mine now, thinking i may choose to go the french cleat for mine though so i can move them around if needed.
    An all-round great place to work, very impressive!

    • Phil Casey July 8, 2013

      Way to go Gary. He custom built a radio/CB box for me that I use in my city tractor. Weighs about 17 pounds with 2-40 watt Panasonic speakers with a Concert Class Delphi Truck radio with USB port & Mp3 CD player. A really sweet radio box. I have been in his shop & can tell you the speakers on the wall will get your undivided attention in a heartbeat. Altec Lansing only wishes they could build speakers like that. I also am the proud owner of a 60 * 10 * 48 desk hutch he built for himself & gave to me a few years back (the entire structure is made out of solid oak) NO veneer. Gary is the real deal when it comes to wood craftsmanship.

  4. Grantman July 7, 2013

    Too danged clean for me. :-) Very nicely organized. Do you make house calls/consultations?

  5. Carl July 7, 2013

    Nice shop!
    I really like your miter station. I think I’ll borrow it.

  6. Michael July 7, 2013

    Nothing makes a shop day better like some good, LOUD tunes, well done!

  7. Eric R July 7, 2013

    Great shop Gary !
    Really like your layout and the color scheme.
    That looks like a nice place to make projects !

  8. Bob Crosley July 8, 2013

    Very nice.

    What are you storing in those little bins in the miter saw station?

  9. kurt kalbach July 8, 2013

    I think you’re my hero. Just kidding. Great shop. Love the organization and layout.

  10. Sister Shar July 9, 2013

    Proud of you bro. Now how about some book cases?

  11. Gary Lucas July 11, 2013

    Thank you for all the great comments on my shop. As far as clean, you should see now 3 projects later. The small bins above the mitre saw station are empty, and I use them to hold parts for the projects….right now one is holding screws. The T-track is great except for one thing… small screws and nails seem to find their way into the slot. I wanted to have an outlet where ever it was needed. So there are 20 on this workbench (front and back) and also one hanging above on retractable reel. Bench is on its own 20 amp circuit. Thanks Phil for the sound report, I don’t think too many shops have 12 inch subwoofers in addition to the mains, but I guess that is what happens when you enjoy building speaker enclosures. Again thank you for your comments, and thank The Wood Whisperer for publishing my shop tour.

  12. Martin July 12, 2013

    Really nice, and i did wonder were all those tapemeasures went…

  13. Karl Pfirrmann July 12, 2013

    Nice shop, but really, BLUE? Obviously a Colts fan. It’s bad enough you have to watch them on Sundays in the Fall, but to have their blue colors around you in your shop? You’re one sick puppy. Now my shop is Black and Gold, manly colors for sure not to say anything about Super Bowls. BTW, it looks like you have the shop to make some nice bowls in. Perhaps you could make one and send it to Denver. Just a thought. Sorry for ragin’ on you man, I just couldn’t help it.


  14. Spencer J July 12, 2013

    that blue is awesome! i really like all of your cabinets. looks like they were thought out well. nice shop!

  15. glen July 13, 2013

    so… much… pegboard…

    nice shop dude! got some ideas from it…

  16. Rich R. July 15, 2013

    Awesome shop Gary! I have that same miter saw and have been toying with some ideas for it’s station. You’ve given me some new ideas to think about. Thanks

  17. Gary Lucas July 16, 2013

    Thanks Rich. A few things on mitre saw station… drawer below saw is where the sawdust drops. Drawer does not fully close so you can just drop cutoff pieces you don’t want into the drawer. The plastic pencil boxes hold tool accessories (collets, etc) . The homemade stops are mounted in the T track and can pivot up to be out of the way, pivot down to be a stop, or pivot to act as a clamp. They do not fully hit the top, so you don’t have to worry about sawdust buildup.
    Thanks, Glenn.I too do not like pegboard… but I found 70 sheets for 75 dollars, that were already painted, so I decided to use them. A good tip if you are looking for materials is too check Craigs List under materials. Also, don;t forget Craigs List under free, where you can get lumber for free.

  18. Dave Kenney August 6, 2013

    I wish I had room for a long miter station. I personably like pegboard for tools such as squares and other layout accessories. Nice beginnings of a great shop!

  19. Nice job Gary. I really like the shop, especially your workbench…! I wish I had the space for something like that.

  20. Gary D. February 11, 2014

    Nice Shop Gary! I wish this was mine! Question about that Long workbench with all the plugs: Is that a metal top or painted Wood? So the t-track for jigs is mounted flush along the whole length?


  21. Dennis Coppersmith December 13, 2014

    I was very impressed, great looking shop. You gave me a few great ideas. I thought it was kinda neat to see the Radial Arm and the 32″ Radial Drill Press. Along the years I had both, but got rid of them. The Radial Arm lost its usefulness to me when the Compound Miter Saws came out. The Radial Drill Press was for me just a deep throated drum sander and when I got a free standing Spindle Sander it too lost its usefulness. Kept both and did not use for about 8 years and finally decided to bite the bullet and get rid of them. Hated to see them go, but did not want to waste the real estate on something I did not use.

    Nice shop!

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