The Garage Journal Just another WordPress weblog Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:39:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Long Stock Storage Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:39:53 +0000 long

I was fumbling around the Garage Gallery this morning and saw a pretty smart solution for long stock storage. You can see the details here. The user was inspired by the photo above, but actually created a square box solution for more space efficiency. Pretty brilliant to utilize the voided space between joists in such a manner…

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Shipping Container Work Shop Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:44:20 +0000

So I was farting around on YouTube and ran into this kind of commercialized build of a shipping container work shop. I have no need for such a thing, but it did get my mind going… which, in turn, led me to looking for other container builds. Although the production quality sucks, the video above covers what is probably the best I found.

These things are inventive as hell… Anyone ever built one?

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An Unknown Lift Fri, 27 May 2016 19:57:49 +0000

So a new user just found something pretty cool… It’s a parallel lift of unknown origin, but looks to be built to handle some pretty heavy jobs. Know anything about it?

If so, click here and tell us!

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Who The Hell Is PowerTorque Tools? Fri, 20 May 2016 15:35:50 +0000

So I’m in my local O’Reilly Auto Parts store and while waiting on the incompetent parts guy to look up the irrelevant year, make, and model of a part that I was looking for, I peeped something on the “impulse buy” rack that shocked me. A company selling tools under the name of “PowerTorque” had apparently ripped off my great uncle’s wrench design and are now hocking them at O’Reilly.

Check it out.

Rad Chinese made tool, right? Now, dig on the patent my family filed in 1915.

What’s old is now new again… Bastards.

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Rogue Supply Work Benches Fri, 13 May 2016 20:38:59 +0000

So these folks have been emailing me for a few weeks about their workbenches. I get a lot of these types of email and frankly, many of them get ignored as how many reviews can I really do before I come off looking like some kind of a flim-flam man?

Anyway, I was looking for something to post about and, on a whim, went to check out these benches. Holy cow… They seem legit. Very heavy duty, seemingly well made, and I love the modular approach that Rogue took. Given what they are, the prices aren’t too terribly out of line either.

Details here.

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A Weird Snap On Box Wed, 04 May 2016 21:23:10 +0000

The other day I was at an old machine shop in Austin and saw the strangest Snap On box. Essentially some form of storage was on three of the four sides – making what was essentially a mobile tool island. You gotta question the functionality of it, but the old fart that was using it said it was the best box he had ever had.

These images are terrible – I stole them off an eBay auction – but they illustrate a point well enough.

Anyone know the story on these? I feel like I’ve seen on on the forum before, but couldn’t find it.

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A Ferrari Showroom Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:16:19 +0000

It’s sort of in fashion to say that “showroom” garages are a good example of excess gone wrong. And I get that line of thinking… I mean, what good is a garage that you can’t get dirty – right? But imagine having the kind of cash that allows a collection of Ferraris and needing a space to keep them all? You wanna grind and weld near a multi-million dollar vintage Ferrari?

Point is, the showroom garage is only lame until you actually need one.

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The Atomic Shop: A Working Update Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:05:24 +0000

Given that it’s been a year since our last update on the Atomic Garage, I thought it might interesting to have an update of sorts. The above video is actually some test footage taken for another project, but in it you can kind of see how the space has progressed. Admittedly, it’s a mess at the moment as we just finished a major thrash for a local show. After our next clean up, I’ll get some footage of the joint in it’s more typical state – operational like an operating room.

In any case, if you are interested you can read the build thread covering the shop here.

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Ryobi Garage Door Opener Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:15:03 +0000

So this thing just dropped from Ryobi and from the sounds of it, it’s pretty damned cool. Essentially it’s a 2hp garage door opener that becomes a sort of HUB for your garage. Through a host of modular accessories, you can add a fan, more lights, a cord reel, and even a bluetooth speaker. Admittedly, some of this stuff is just silly but I really admire the innovation of thought here from a company that I’ve never really given much thought too. In my opinion, this could grow into a nice little cottage industry.

Anyway, details from Ryobi here. And yeah, Home Depot is already selling them.

Editor’s Note: This isn’t a review… In fact, I’ve never even seen one of these units. I just got a press release for the thing in my inbox and thought I would feature it.

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The Samurai Workbench Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:13:04 +0000

I don’t do a lot of wood working, so this isn’t a bench I’d use… But I have to admit, I love watching this guy build this thing. It’s gorgeous.

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