Rebuilding my garage workshop for woodworking and tinkering


It’s time for one last effort. One final attempt to nail this 540 before
we tear these freaking ramps out of the garage. You can call me a quitter, this is not how
I’m going down. There are just too many way to get hurt on
Berm Peak to spend another moment on this. So we’re moving forward. The garage ramps, if I’m being honest, are
a relic from 6 months ago when this was more space than I ever dreamed of. As most of you predicted the novelty wore
off quick, and we ended up using the storage under these ramps more than the ramps themselves. But luckily, they consist of large, flat pieces
of wood that are very easy to reuse. So when all is said and done, we’ll have
quite a bit of lumber for today’s project, along with a surplus of fasteners. Of course I didn’t go all the way to the
floor with the wood panels—that would have taken an extra 10 minutes. But after giving this space a good healthy
stare, I’m thinking it won’t matter. As we build a backyard bike park, this shop
expansion will need to address the shortcomings of our bike repair area. We built this section primarily for bike repair,
and it works great for that. But many of my larger tools have been left
without a home, and for woodworking projects we’ve been using the driveway. So today’s shop expansion will need to address
woodworking, general tinkering, and tool storage. That part is easy. Looking back on it, I kind of regret buying
these extra toolboxes—said no one ever. That takes care of tool storage, and some
extra workspace, but we can’t buy our way out of the rest of this project. We’re going to make the workbench a little
deeper because why not? But to get it to line up perfectly with the
old bench is something I have no prayer of doing by measuring. So, I’m tacking the backside of the new
bench-top to the existing structure, getting it level, and then scribing new legs for it. This eliminates guesswork, and ensures that
this new structure won’t look like the add-on that it is. But you’re probably thinking this bench
looks a little short, and that’s actually by design. We’re going to build a little shelf on the
end sized perfectly for this portable job site table saw. By making the table saw flush with the bench,
we’ve effectively created a workshop sized table saw for only $200. Well not exactly, but we will have a larger
area to stabilize wood coming off the backside of the saw. I’m also cobbling together an adapter for
this vacuum hose, so that it fits on the dust port of the table saw. The other end fits any 1-7/8” shop vac,
which both of mine are. I’m also doing this for the miter saw. This reduces the sawdust by about 75%, which
is fine for one or two cuts. But I’ll still need to open the doors for
those high production days. Before we work on the finishing touches, the
Diamondback banner needs to go in the bike area where it belongs. I’m liking the symmetry of this new wall
layout. With the overall structure of our shop complete,
it’s time to get organized. One of the great things about all these tool
boxes is that we’re gonna end up with a lot of empty drawers. That means we have room to grow. In the future, entire new categories of tools
can live here. And, our miscellaneous hardware is not so
miscellaneous anymore, thanks to this organizer I got at my local hardware store. We also bought a new tool, a drill press! Even this inexpensive drill press will greatly
increase the precision with which we can drill holes in stuff. I already have a few projects in mind. Because of the sawdust, I’ve positioned
our sander right next to the door, and hooked up a hose for good measure. And now that we have all our tools set up,
we can use them to continue working on the shop. When the ramps used to be here, we had an
easy way to load and unload bikes from the overhead rack. So we need a new way to get up and down the
bench. Since there’s a table saw up here, I’d
like to avoid ramps since Drama couldn’t resist the old one. Even at my last house I probably climbed on
to my workbench at least a few times per week to reach something up high or set up a camera,
so these stairs will have more uses than just reaching bikes. But with the loss of our ramps, we need to
ride down the stairs to unload bikes. Not a big deal, but we also lost the ability
to ride—back up the ramps. Well, we definitely lost the ability attempt
540’s, which is probably for the best. Behold, our new garage workshop, one of my
favorite home improvement projects to date. I’m gonna assume that very few of you are
sad to see the ramps go, since we rarely use them. And now we have a fully functioning wood shop
just steps away from the forest road. And with Spring only a month away, that’s
gonna come in handy. If you’re considering a garage reboot this
weekend, I left links to a few of the items we used today. If you found this entertaining, check out
my new channel, Berm Peak Express, where we take deep dives into more specific topics. I’m not gonna promise you’ll learn anything
though. Anyway, thanks for riding with me today and
I’ll see you next time.

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100 thoughts on “Rebuilding my garage workshop for woodworking and tinkering

  1. Loved the video. I am a Roadie and really enjoy your channel. The this winter I discovered the training platform ZWIFT. I was wondering if you ever tried it? They have a cool Mt bike part of the game. Would be cool if we saw you try it on the channel. Have a great day! -Ryan

  2. Seth: Two Things:

    1) I don't mountain bike at all, and I'm completely hooked on your channels. It feels like I'm watching Bob Ross if he were a MTB enthusiast. I'm waiting for your first use of the term "Happy Accident". Given your proclivity for taking tumbles, I'm sure it won't be long before you can slide it in to a voice-over.

    2) Since I referred to Bob Ross, you must surmise I'm an old-fart. Have you given any thought to a video on what mountain biking looks like for an older generation? What bike style would work? How would you start? Any additional "protection" you would recommend? As a reference…I'm really into skiing and fairly active, but just can't see trying to take up 540's or backflips now.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Can you do another video of you making something else after the driveway jump? I enjoy when you do those types of vids because it inspires me to do on my self but I can’t

  4. Damn, you near WEST PALM BEACH still??? Stumbled upon your mountain biking videos and im just getting back into it. Could use some riding friends eventually!!! Near Palm Beach by Jonathan Dickonson or Myers Park…

  5. The BEST video you have posted to date. Combined 2 of my favorite things and VERY practical. 3 when I think of it. Home improvement, biking and woodworking. Well done Seth.

  6. I watch your videos alot i remember when i was younger i used to love riding trails your make me wanna get back into it

  7. Wow, those are pretty light toolboxes. It took me and another large guy to lift a 36" wide top box onto my toolbox…and Seth his toolbox off the truck solo!

  8. Idk if you have a charging spot for all your batteries for tools in your toolboxes or somewhere else but if you don’t you should put one up

  9. Fantastic piece of content you make Seth. It's clear you dedicate a lot of time, effort and thinking into these videos, but the result is totally amazing.

    Btw, you have to include Drama in your content more often 🙂

  10. What happened to the other two sponsor posters Seth had above where the ramps were now there’s just the diamondback one…?

  11. It still boggles my mind how Western people regularly climb up tables with shoes on. Let alone ride a bike with dirty tires on

  12. You should get an emergency shut off switch for all of the tools (like the table saw, and sander) in the shop incase something goes wrong

  13. Bro my dude, I know you said you don’t want to do the ramps cause of that incredible idea of a table saw and you said you wanted to rebuild the stairs. So, what if you do one half ramp one half steps??

  14. Dude, I think the drill press need to be line with the table (parallel) to be able to drill something long. Am I right?

  15. My 11 year old son Eric has watched you for years…
    It's funny, I've only found you now…
    I have heard of this "Seth" for years whenever we do anything bike related, I thought he had an imaginary friend!
    Now we both watch your videos, love 'em!

  16. I highly suggest cutting in a removable “plug” that’s flush with your bench top above the trash can. It’s so convenient being able to remove the plug, and use a hand broom to sweep all the trash away, then cover it back

  17. Looks great!! Love the shop!!
    Also you might want to shim the table saw up like 1/16th or 1/8th. This way the table saw is a little higher then your out feed table. That little step down ensures whatever your cutting won’t get hung up on the transition between the table saw and work bench.

  18. Love it! Im a new subscriber and my wife and I can both find stuff for us here. Wife is new to MTB and enjoys the beginner tips and ride tours, while myself being newly back in the saddle, am enjoying all the fun tech content to get me caught back up as well as the motivating upgrades you keep doing. THANKS SETH!!

  19. Wow. Simple, Smart and GREAT upgrade. This was one the most inspiring yet. This got me even more pumped up for the spring season.

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