- 6 July 2017 at 3:09 pm #313556vwrmicParticipant
Hi everyone, I’m curious more than anything. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a large space to work in, so I’d (and I’m sure others) would love to see your workspace/shop pictures and how you utilise what little you have to enjoy something you love.
Feel free to post pictures and sizes of your space. Perhaps we can all get ideas for utlising every last drop of space.7 July 2017 at 6:58 pm #313563
Not sure if this is considered small but my shop is 10′ x 12′ in the back section of my garage. It has an additional garage door that opens into by back yard. There is a 2′ x 4′ table on rollers that holds a small 6″ jointer, a dewalt thickness planner, and a 10″ drill press.7 July 2017 at 7:08 pm #313565EdParticipant
I stored scraps like Clifford does-neatly in a bin (see his photo). It seemed a good idea, but it put me in the hospital. My eye bothers me to this day, years later. This taught me (the hard way) that cutoffs need to be *shorter* than the bin they are stored in. If you have longer cutoffs, store them horizontally in a way that they don’t stick out where your face ever goes. No matter how neat you think that bin is, scraps stick out willy nilly and it is easy to not notice one when you bend over. Clifford- I’m not meaning to criticize you and am not trying to be the safety police….just wish someone had taught me.7 July 2017 at 8:26 pm #313566
Ed, thank you for sharing that. I think that is excellent advice. Now to find space for the wood in that bin………….7 July 2017 at 9:27 pm #313567EdmundParticipant
Looking at Clifford’s shop, I see how much more space he has than I do…and it’s hard to resist the temptation..7 July 2017 at 9:59 pm #313568Philipp J.Participant
The Japanese seem to be rather good at making the most out of tiny amounts of space, you might find a few ideas there.
Seeing how many things Clifford has “cramped” into that amount of space is impressive though, especially fitting what looks like a small Tablesaw and Bandsaw.
I have more space though the problem i cant mount anything to most walls, being stuck in a basement, do wish i could afford a bandsaw though.7 July 2017 at 11:19 pm #313569
Yes Philipp, that is an old 12″ Craftsman table saw and a 10″ Wen Bandsaw. That band saw has been great with a 6′ resaw capacity and enough power to cut 6″ white oak (at a slow pace). Home depot sells them new for $215. My dust collector is one from Harbor freight ($199).7 July 2017 at 11:44 pm #313570EdParticipant
“Now to find space for the wood in that bin………….”
…how ’bout in the trunk of the vehicle that is parked there? (-:7 July 2017 at 11:46 pm #313571
Yes, cannot wait to tell my wife to make room in the trunk of her car 🙂7 July 2017 at 11:58 pm #313573Debra JenneyParticipant
Small, cat-friendly workspace. Approx 8′ x 5′ and only for hand tools. The legs for my PS workbench are in the clamps.8 July 2017 at 8:13 pm #3135928 July 2017 at 8:51 pm #313596kjellharParticipant
My shop is 160cm by 320cm, which should be around 5.25 x 10.5ft
My current bench is 55x125cm, but I’m building a slightly bigger one (60x140cm). The new one will have drawers on the left side and on the front right. Then I can remove some open shelves which is the reason I am able to fit the bigger bench.
I recently finished the cabinet you see in the back, which helped to tidy up a lot. I will also remove the tools hanging on the wall, putting them in the soon to be drawers. Having tools on the wall behind me wasn’t a great idea as I keep knocking them down.
Under the ceiling, behind my back when standing at the bench, I have shelf brackets where I can store materials.9 July 2017 at 11:56 am #313609Brett aka PheasantwwParticipant
One thing you can do is put all equipment on mobile bases. Move them around as needed.
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moving things around depends on how small space you have. I thought about doing that in my space when I first started to use it, but there isn’t any place to move things around. If I had about twice the space, that would probably be a good idea.
If I had lived in a place with stable weather and summer all year, I would have made mobile units to put outside the door when I was working, but that won’t do when the temperature is -15C and there is a meter of snow outside.9 July 2017 at 1:55 pm #313612SandyParticipant
I feel quite fortunate to have built a small building away from the house. It’s 14ftX16Ft with a good size attic for storage. It’s a work in progress as most shops are. I set up my shop like you fill a jar with stones, I just kind of threw things in there and shake it till everything settles into it’s place. I feel a little guilty sometimes when I go out to make improvements on it and I really should be working on my house.. 🙂
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