Ok… So if you know my story… you know that I started out pretty small. Here’s what I had…
These were my first tools.
Aahhhhh…. I remember bringing them home. The ear-to-ear grin on my face was the first of many to come. These poor little guys are long gone now. I got a lot of miles from the miter saw but it finally gave out on me. I actually had a hard time letting it go since it was my first power tool. BUT… the guy I sold it to I gave it to him real cheap and it was exactly what he needed. He had the same saw and he needed it for parts. He did not want to let go of his and fixing it was easy using mine. Glad it worked out.
The sander… it was on it’s last leg when I got it. No attachment there at all. lol
And… my first “shop” space….
I scavenged several factories and businesses for these pallets. Too much time on Pinterest drove me to it. LOL. BUT… I don’t regret it at all. Using my miter saw, sander and reclaimed pallets to start my journey made me think outside the box to get things done
And you’ll notice that one of the pallets says “DO IT” on it. This was there when i found it. And as me and my step-daughter Bailey stacked these to make my bench… when we saw that we placed it there so I could see it every time I worked at that bench. It was a reminder that I could make my dream of a shop come true… i had to just DO IT!
Then, almost a year ago (February to be exact) I moved into my garage. At the time it was doing nothing more than store my ex-husbands belongings. I started by moving all his things to a side and I used 1/4 of the place. I was THRILLED! Which is what sparked my thoughts for the day. A year ago I had a pallet work bench. I moved into a 1/4 of the garage and thought it was incredible. Now I have a full shop (Including a full size floor drill press – insert ear-to-ear grin here)... and I STILL feel like I need more room. My shop is always feeling like it’s shrinking.
It’s pretty simple… here’s a HUGE part of the issue.
Check out this pic… It’s a pic I pulled from my phone, or I would have taken a better pic of that back wall. It’s where I have the most wasted space.
See the cabinets in the back? You’d think that they would come in handy. But really they are wasted space. I need to maximize the use of them and I’m really not sure where to start.
Also… look above the cabinets. This is more wasted space. I could use it for something I’m sure.
That big white thing… my freezer. I wish I had room for it in the house. But this is where it’s gotta be for now. But to the right of it… junk corner. This junk also blocks that cabinet above it which is practically empty.
And again…. where the workmate is sitting… all that is wasted space as well.
Here’s more wasted space. More cabinets that are not being utilized to their fullest. That built in bench… UGH!!!! Gotta get rid of that. That space where the workmate is… wasted space.
So… while my shop is not really big… it’s big enough. It’s shrinking because I keep acquiring more tools (and wood) I just need to maximize the space. I’m open to any suggestions on use of the cabinets and that entire wall. I definitely feel the need to empty the space and start over… but that won’t happen till we get some warm weather. So for now I need to just do what I can.
Looking forward to your ideas and suggestions. For now… since there will be no shop time today… I’m off to check out some other workshops to get some ideas.