With a project just about wrapped up, I’ve come up with a plan to organize and renovate my shop. My goal is to eliminate clutter and get everything in a drawer, hung up or stored high on the wall, or behind a cabinet. I had a tenant renovate an office space and they had some perfectly good cabinets that were being thrown out. I grabbed them and they’ll be a part of my renovation.
I’m also grabbing a few solid core doors that were also being thrown out. They’ll become counter tops. The upper cabinets over my bench now will be moved and used above those base cabinets. My sketchup skills are non existent, but I do use AutoCAD a lot, so I whipped up a quick rendering of what I’m trying to accomplish:
This is the floor plan
Here’s an elevation of the main wall
I’ll be building a new workbench, although it will be strictly utilitarian and not a work of art. Under the bench I’ll put my two rolling tool chests and leave some leg room for a stool. Above the new bench will be a french cleat tool wall where I’ll keep most of my tools.
I have been wanting to get a ‘real’ dust collector instead of using my shop vac for a while now. I’m most likely going to grab a Harbor Freight 2hp DC and add a canister filter. The new DC will sit underneath a new shelving unit that will hold lumber and misc items. Here’s an elevation of the new storage wall:
As a caveat to this whole plan, I’m going to the Woodworking Show in Indianapolis this weekend, so I might come back with different ideas about how I want to store my stuff or arrange my shop. We’ll see.
Thanks for looking!
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