Join Date: May 2017
Location: Spruce grove, Alberta
My next project
Well I decided to start on my next project already. This time I built my two tables 6 feet long by 36 inches high by 32 inches wide. Put two shelves right at the bottom and then putting a second shelf on the one bench. I might install a couple lights under the second shelf to light up the bottom one. I still have to put some cross members in to add support for the shelves, but ran out of 2x4's The floor in my garage slopes about 2 1/2 inches over 12 feet so I have a piece of 2x4 under one side of the one table and two 2x4's under the other end of it to get it level! I have left a 32" gap in between the two shelves so that I can put a 10" sliding miter saw in between them once I get one. The shelves/top are going to 3/4 G1S plywood to give a nice finish. I'm thinking I might paint the 2x4's white, but not sure yet. The OSB on the wall is going to be replaced with 5/8 plywood eventually and some pegboard as well.
I've also marked out where I'm going to install 4 20 amp outlets. My garage was wired with just two circuits. Originally they had the entire garage (3 outlets, 4 lights, garage door opener) on one circuit and then one outside outlet on a second outlet. I got rid of the outside outlet and used it for the lights over my other work bench and my compressor. But I did find out that if I use a heavy draw item on one circuit it drops to about 118 volts or so and the other circuit will go up to about 125 volts (sits at 122 volts with nothing running). I don't like this very much. They ran two seperate 15 amp 14/2 circuits from the panel at the front of my place to the back (approx 45 feet), then it changes to a single 12/3 cable going underground (approx 50 feet), then back to 14/2 inside the garage.
So my plan is to run conduit from the back of the house, along the bottom of the fence, to the garage and run 8/3 cable and a small subpanel so I can run everything better, and get a 240 volt circuit as well.