Custom Fabrications for the Shop
Lately we’ve been trying to make some additions to our workshop area, mainly by purchasing some new equipment/tools, as well as creating some type of organization system. Fortunately we have plenty of room to work with, but our budget isn’t comparable in size.
So what can we do to reduce costs?
First of all, we will begin to journey to a revitalized workshop by purchasing “new” tools and equipment. By “new” I mean they will be new to us, but we will buy them used or second-hand from someone else. Most tools are typically built pretty hefty so there isn’t much risk of buying used ones. We will probably compile a little list of what is needed and slowly shop around online and on craigslist. Some of the cheaper tools like a pocket hole jig can be bought brand new because the likelihood of finding a used one locally is slim-to-none.
Speaking of pocket hole jig, once we have our purchases finalized, then we can get started on our storage and organization stuff. Some sites like http://airtoolresource.com/best-pocket-hole-jig-reviews can help us narrow down the selection to the one that best fits our needs. Nowadays there are buying guides for just about any tool that you need to buy, but most of them just show you where to buy it on Amazon (which isn’t bad, we just prefer local first).
Anyway, the pocket hole jig isn’t really needed for the shop, but it will come in very handy when trying to build some more cabinets or something like that. Being able to build our own cabinets and storage areas will save us major bucks because there is nothing cheap about buying tool chests.
At the end of the day, it’s definitely not going to be an overnight process. While it’s not totally necessary that we go through all this effort, it will be best for everyone in the end since we will be able to better service vehicles right here at the lot, instead of having to send it else to make fixes.