10 posts

Toby’s Garage: one-year update

It’s a year since we have received the key to our new house and hence the garage. This is what it looked like back then. For several months during the renovation of the house, the garage served as storage. Then after we moved it, I could start clearing it out […]

French Cleat storage wall

Judging by many workshop tours on YouTube, you really can’t have a workshop without at least one wall with French Cleat storage. So naturally I didn’t want to be left out. The wall behind my workbench already had holes and plugs that I simply re-used. I also had a couple […]

Cheap shelving

Storage is always an issue in workshops. My options here are very limited, as I want to be able to use the garage for parking a car. With the garage being only 2.90m wide, storage cabinets along the walls are not possible. The only available space is high up, but […]

Status Quo Ante

This is what the garage looked like on the day I got the key: The garage door opener (an old Bosch Comfortlift) does not seem to work. I found a manual online and tried the input for a manual switch, but got no reaction. As I don’t need the opener, […]

Jack Olsen’s 12-Gauge Garage

I stumbled upon Jack Olsen’s garage in Julian Edgar’s book Setting up a home car workshop. I was very impressed with the clean and consistent look and the functionality contained in a relatively small space. Luckily, there’s a Youtube video by Jack himself that shows all details of the garage […]

Air or no air?

In the past, having pressurized air and thus a compressor was considered essential for a car workshop. With chorded electric tools considered unsafe (due to the high voltage) and unwieldy, air tools were used extensively. Thanks to Lithium batteries and brushless electric motors, this has changed completely. Many tools, such […]


Good lighting is essential for a workshop – not only sufficiently bright lighting, but also well distributed lighting that prevents shadows. According to the information I’ve found online, you want at least 700 lux per square meter, which amounts to around 13,000 lumen for the whole garage. Regarding the lights, […]

Insulation vs ventilation

One of the requirements for the garage is a comfortable working environment. This includes temperature control. Insulation is usually an important factor, as good insulation prevents heat exchange, keeping the insulated room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. There are however some reasons that made me decide […]

Goals and requirements

The garage is to provide the following: Storage for a car up to the size of a BMW E39 5 series A workshop for regular maintenance and light restoration work on cars A workshop for metal- and woodworking A comfortable place to work year-round Storage for tools (including a 3D […]