This sturdy workbench can be built for around $20, and is made from 2x4s and OSB or plywood. All you need is a circular saw, though a miter saw and jig saw improve accuracy.
A 2x4-framed table top is modified with treated 4x4 legs and braces to make a long and sturdy outdoor work table with room below for storage.
Why run extension cords all the time?
Turn the workbench into one giant extension cord with multiple electrical outlets.
This simple utility shelf is supported by 2x4 legs and cleats screwed to the wall. I left enough room underneath for my air compressor, but more shelves could be placed near the floor.
This corner shelf unit relies on the garage studs to support 3 of the 4 corners.
I built this set of deep "pigeon holes" to store long thin items like millwork or pipe clamps.
To make use of the narrow space above the garage door, I just screwed some metal hooks into the ceiling and laid boards between pairs of hooks. 4 hooks, 2 boards, 1 easy storage solution.
I had a surplus of heavy cardboard tubes from rolls of Ice & Water Shield, so I decided to try joining the tubes together to make an organizer.
The biggest difference in reducing heat loss comes from insulating the ceiling. The walls and garage door can wait.
After digging a 2-foot deep trench, we laid 2-inch PVC conduit for a large electrical cable to supply power to a sub-panel in the garage.
Then we installed a 4-inch PVC pipe to run more utilities, such as telephone, computer network, and compressed air lines.
It's important to build a cover for any conduit that connects the house with the detached garage.
This simple plywood box conceals the end of the conduit while allowing easy access to run more lines later.
Creepy things can crawl through an open conduit... (This is kinda funny.)
The original drain valve in most air compressors can be difficult to operate, and prone to leaking. I just replaced the entire drain valve with some 1/4 inch pipe fittings and a ball valve. Now, draining the water from the compressor is quick and easy.
I got tired of always disconnecting air tools, so I decided to plumb two quick-disconnect air fittings to my big 4HP compressor. All it took was some 1/4 inch pipe and a T fitting.
The new owner wanted this old shed moved, so I braced it and hitched up my truck. The shed survived the move!