This year, we bought our retirement home in E. Texas. Part of my requirements were that it needed to have some type of ‘Shop’ for me. Fortunately, we found it and moved in earlier this year.
This first picture is the ‘Shop’ from the outside. It has a 2nd ‘floor’, and the shop is approximately 24’ x 35’ (outside dimensions). It is wired for 110 & 220 throughout, and the second floor is being used for ‘storage’ and things that we only need occasionally.
The second picture is what the shop looked like before we bought it, with the previous owners setup/tools. While he did remove his power tools, he left me quite a bit of shelving and storage. The biggest thing he left was the enormous workbench, which measures appox. 12’ x 8’.
As you can see, from the following pictures, we have moved in and used the workbench for quite a few different purposes over the last several months, not including much woodworking. We are working on that part now.
The actual clean up of the shop; moving things around; selling/getting rid of what is not needed or wanted will be the topic of the series. In short, this will be how I build my shop out. As a way of background, I have not done ‘better quality’ woodworking at all. However, over the last 40 some odd years, I have been a DIY’er at heart, and built/installed/repaired all types of usual household and family projects. I’m moving into Woodworking as a full time hobby – when not on the lake fishing – and have set my goal on Chair Making and some other furniture items.
I will post my progress, decisions made during the build out of the shop, and will certainly entertain and look forward to comments/suggestions as I move forward.
Next topic: First tools and layout prep.
-- John in E. Texas