For years I have read those articles about the ideal shops in the various wood magazines. I’ve kept copies of ingenious fixtures, storage units, tool plans, etc. Now the time has come to build my dream shop, but I have half the room I had hoped for to do it in. So, in this blog, I plan to chronicle the challenges of “downsizing” a shop, while maintaining the same (or greater) level of production expectations.
I have built a room in our walk out basement that is 16’ x 14’. But that’s deceiving. There is a 5’ x 5’ closet in one corner, on top of which I have built my lumber storage area. The shop is not done yet, but it is in working condition. I’m planning to take some photos and post them. I hope that people who see the shop and the photos might have some ideas about nifty ways to accomplish the usual woodworking tasks with less space.
My current project is a Green and Green table for a new downstairs bath and a kitchen and island for the downstairs remodel. By the way, the bathroom and the kitchen remodel . . . . . . that’s where my shop used to be.
I am posting one photo of my table saw that will give you some idea of the tight space. I just sold this saw and am replacing it with a larger band saw, i.e., 18”. This will take less space and be a more versatile tool than the table saw. In this photo, the table saw is sitting where the band saw will go, but it will take up about 1/3 of the space currently being filled by the unisaw. Any suggestions on the best 18” saw and blades for re-saw, cross cut, and ripping hardwood and plywood panels will be greatly welcomed.
-- Ron Ramsey, Rochester Hills,