I have a small shop, about 200SF. It’s not as small as it once was, about 90SF, and it’s not as big as what I hope to have some day, about 600SF. To keep from climbing over things and make it easier to move things around to accomdate the operation of the moment, I thought I would adopt the “everything on wheels” strategy and double up what tools I could in single cabinets.
So, to make sure that I had the right designs and that everything would fit in the shop and still have room to reorganize and work, I started making SU models. These are the first three that I have done.
The first model is of a set of mobile wooden shelves. I built these first and purchased a smaller set of metal wire shelves later. This set of shelves is 70” long and 76” high by 20” deep. They were sized to fit under and behind the roll-up garage door track and between another cabinet and the garden hose. I adapted this model from a set of plans from Wood magazine’s “Best-Ever Workshop Tips, Jigs and Organizers”, 2004.
Below are a couple of shots of an expandable, adjustable assembly table. I adapted this model from plans in Issue #30 of ShopNotes. I only changed the legs to give it more height, the top from MDF to melamine and, the handles for the adjustment pins to make them easier to grab. Collapsed the top is 36” X 36”. Expanded, it is 60” X 36”.
The last model is a materials cart for lumber and sheet goods. I cut this plan down from a 32” X 96” footprint to a 24” X 48” footprint. The original plan came from Issue #55 of ShopNotes.
These are my first models and I know they are not the best. Any suggestions or comments are most welcome. I have to thank DaveR for his blogs on SU. Without them, this would have been much more difficult to do.
-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com