My current shop isn’t much to brag about but it’s got tools and supplies and a big mess at the moment.
The space consists of two area – an inside unheated space about 12 feet by 10 feet and a covered car port space about the same size. Big cabinet projects spill into the driveway and back yard. The small space is a big challenge. I can’t have too many projects going at once and have to carefully plan when things get done – I can’t be applying finish and expect to run the table saw. I can’t really cut sheet goods in the space so I often have a 4×8 sheet cut to rough size at the lumber yard or set up saw horses in the drive way for rough cuts.
Weather becomes a factor too since the space lacks heat or A/C but here in San Jose there are only a 3 to 4 months out of the year when it is too cold to work in the car port and it is rarely too hot to work (maybe a couple of weeks a year). The inside space can be heated with an electric heater but I don’t like to do that as the wiring in the house is old and the circuit breakers trip if you put too much load on them.
My shop is changing as I change the kinds of projects I work on. As I do more marquetry and scroll saw work my work pieces are getting smaller and I am shifting from power tools to more hand tool work. This is also something of a shift away from cabinetry and utilitarian work to more smaller artistic work. With these changes I need to rethink the space. Storage has also been a problem in this space (and my tendency to keep a sloppy shop) so I also want to rethink how tools and supplies get stored.
I have a shop redesign and general clean up project in process at the moment. It’s probably not wise to post pictures of it but here are a couple of before shots:
The inside shop has the tools I want to keep indoors. Not seen on the left is a set of storage shelves and the dust collector is to the right and behind this camera view.
The outside shop area has a bench, small table saw and a cheap chop saw. The saws are on moveable stands so then can be moved depending on the project.
I’ve got a bunch of left over pine and plywood from bookcases and other house projects. Most of it is junk but I can’t just throw out wood.
I’ll post after pictures when I get things in better shape.