Craig’s Garage Workshop
Submitted by Craig Strickland from Warren, OH
Added on April 27, 2016
My first shop was in a single car garage in a duplex my wife and I rented. I told her I wanted to make her something for Christmas. Of course, I would have to purchase some tools in order to do so. Merry Christmas to me! We were only there for 3 years and then we purchased a home that did not have the space for a shop.
Now after twenty years of packing up my truck with portable tools and carting them to the shop at my work or pulling them out onto the porch on nice days, I finally have a space of my own! My mortise, drill press and bandsaw have been in boxes in the attic for a number of years. I recently purchased a DeWalt planer and a Ridgid table saw, forcing me to find a place of my own. A friend from church has several warehouse style buildings on his property and he had a 16×20 room available for me to use. I just have to cover utilities. It has become my weekend getaway. I set it up immediately with a dust collector I got from Harbor Freight for $165. I modified it to vent outside. Gotta keep the lungs clear. I enjoy using reclaimed material and look forward to using the space for quite some time.