If you have a garage workshop, there are lots of ways to improve it without breaking the bank. The team at The Family Handyman share five of them here.
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The Always Clean Workbench
A sheet metal workbench cover is one of the wisest investments you can make. It's easy to clean (just squeegee the oil into the gutter and drain bucket), and it's heavy duty enough to handle heavy car parts. All it takes is some measuring and sketching and a trip to a sheet metal shop or a local HVAC shop and steel yard. The whole thing assembles in less than an hour and costs less than $300. Skip the steel decking if you wish, but it does prevent the top from denting and provides a more solid work surface. I paid $180 for the top and $92 for the 11-gauge (3mm) steel plate (cut to size and then whacked into thirds for easy transport).
Jack and Jack-Stand Holder
Haven't you tripped over your jack stands enough? Build this brain-dead — simple storage rack and get them off the floor. If you have a lightweight floor jack, add mounting hooks under the holder. Screw a 5cm PVC coupler onto the side of the rack and a 5cm cap on the wall near the floor for the handle.
Grease Gun Holster
A grease gun is big and, uh, greasy. So don't slime up your drawers or cabinets with it. Slice up a few sections of 2.5cm and 8cm PVC pipe and screw them to a plywood backer to make this slick grease gun holder. Then slap up a 5cm coupler and cap to hold a backup tube of grease.
PVC Drawer Organisers
When you're right in the middle of a project, you don't need to waste time pawing through drawers looking for tools. So keep frequently used tools neatly stacked in your workbench drawer using this handy setup. Cut 2.5cm or 5cm PVC pipe to length. Glue on end caps and then slit each pipe in half on a band saw. Screw them to the drawer bottoms and load them up!
OK, I admit it. This setup is overkill. But once I got the vacuum mounted to the wall, it just made sense to run inexpensive 5cm PVC all over the place. That way I didn't have to drag the 10m hose all over the garage. Buy adapters to connect standard plumbing PVC to the vacuum (central vacuum fittings are 5cm OD, while plumbing fittings are 5cm ID).
Upgrading Your Garage Workshop [The Family Handyman]
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