The 12-Gauge Garage
Now that you have seen the video you may be more curious about Jack Olsen's garage in Los Angeles, California. The 12-Gauge Garage is its name, and it even has its own website. Jack sums it up best and you can read more in his words below. Be sure to check out his website, 12-gaugegarage.com and his build thread on Garage Journal.
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"Well, I’ll grant you that a website for a garage is strange. And my place definitely isn’t in the same class as Jay Leno’s or Bruce Wayne’s. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of nicer, bigger, better-equipped garages out there. My place is on the small side, even for a two-car. But my property doesn’t have any room for a bigger garage, so the trick has been to find ways to make the most out of the limited space.
Which is probably why my 20’x22’ shop has resonated the way it has with other car guys. It’s just a two-car. It’s within reach of a lot of guys with a garage sitting next to their house. My budget for the whole thing—benches, cabinets, tile, even the lift—was under $3,500. So the things that it does well are the result of my work and patience, not the quantity of cash that went out the door to make it happen.
It’s a working shop. I use it to do maintenance on my track car. I learned to weld here. One of my first big projects was a wrought-iron fence for my front yard. I do basic carpentry projects for the house in it. The 911’s engine got rebuilt here. I used the garage to make the garage. I also fix broken toys for my kids. The point is, it’s a good, multi-purpose space."