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Well, the move is complete. I am now a bona fide resident of the great state of Washington. I am settling in quite nicely and the weather has been great for doing minor repairs in and around the house before the rain season hits and soaks my shop. I went from a two car garage in southern California to a 7 foot by 10 foot sun room but other than that, the move has been a great experience. Making a 7 by 10 foot room work has been a lesson in futility at best. I am having to figure out what tools I will be using most in the immediate future and putting the rest aside or in storage till I can build a utility building behind the house. I plan on building a 12 by 14 (Possibly 12 by 16 depending on local codes and restrictions) foot building just behind the house to accommodate the larger tools in my inventory and give me back the ability to work on larger projects. With a double barn door setup on both ends, I should have plenty of room to work with and on just about any sheet goods or furniture project I have planned. I moved up here using a 4×8 Utility trailer that I modified with 3/4 ply for a floor and box sides. I sacrificed the lumber from the trailer to build a small work bench that I could store some of my more used hand tools as well as small power tools and place my band saw and scroll saw on top. This proved to be a grand challenge in such a small space but I think it came out rather well and will serve it’s purpose for some time to come. I still need to make another cabinet to store the rest of my hand tools and to sit my tool box on top. I will be making a trip back down to SoCal in March or April to get my drill press and other tools I left behind due to space. Once I have my drill press back I can start assembling some of my clocks. Until then, I will be a scroll sawing fool cutting out gears for the four clocks I’m working on. I will definitely be looking around here for some small shop ideas since the Utility building won’t be built to spring next year. The thought of not being able to work on projects for 6 months makes me sick.

I welcome any and all ideas on making my small space work. I am somewhat limited in that I can not attach anything like cabinets or shelves to the walls since this is unfortunately a rental and I’m not interested in replacing wood siding in the room when I move. I’ve posted pictures of the room as it is this moment, I am still putting a lot of stuff away and trying to find space for stuff not to mention unpacking the rest of the house. I am so not a fan of moving because the clutter and mess during packing and unpacking. So no comments on the mess. :o)~

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think.

Jeffrey

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1412 days ago

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#2 posted 1412 days ago

Jeffrey, bummer about having to downsize the way you have but I have always said that any shop is a good shop. You certainly do have one of the nicest looking shops that I have seen. Tile flooring, wood plank walls and plenty of ambient light are huge bonuses in my book as far as the shop infrastructure is concerned. At 70 sq ft you do not have one of the largest shops around but it is still plenty big enough turn out smaller projects such as clocks and the like.

Thanks for posting the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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GaryL

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#3 posted 1412 days ago

I see a nice big red building out the window. Set up in there. I’m sure the neighbors won’t mind.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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GodofBiscuits

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#4 posted 1412 days ago

@GaryL, That nice big red building would definitely be a nice work shop but unfortunately it’s home to a Produce Stand. It is actually on the same property and there was a nice 1200 sq. foot utility building next to that but it was torn out to make room for parking. There is plenty of space behind the house to build something substantial but I don’t want to go too overboard, I will be leaving this place one day and it’d be nice to be able to take teh building with me where ever I move.

@Scott Bryan, Yeah, it’s a bummer but I will make what I have work, I’m determined. 70 sq. feet was enough to make the bench so I guess I’m not too limited but certainly wasn’t easy.

@a1Jim, Thanks for the link. Workflow and layout are far from my problems at this juncture. If maybe I had two or three times the space I have now that might be a usefull tool but it’s certainly not designed for spaces as small as 70sq. feet.

I remember seeing a shop on here that was the size of a walk in closet so there is hope. haha.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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Splinterman

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#5 posted 1412 days ago

Hey Jeff,
Its not the size of the shop but what goodies comes out of it…your new den looks good.

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1408 days ago

I see a yard out there in which to roll tools to work… I know Washington state… You are going to need rain protection…

http://www.amazon.com/Commercial-Instant-shelter-zippered-sides/dp/B000SW4BAU/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1287691053&sr=8-10

There you go…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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sillac

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#7 posted 1375 days ago

Great looking space to make some sawdust. Thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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