Last winter I got into this woodworking thing as something to occupy my days off from work and converted our one car garage into a very small wood shop, 11’x21’. That shop can be seen under my workshop in my profile. I am starting this blog to get some input and ideas for my new ‘retirement’ shop. About four years ago we purchased the family farm from my wife’s grandmother, fast forward to this past summer when I built a 50×40 Monitor barn on the property.
The second floor, intended to be my wood shop, has interior floor dimensions of 19×35 with 9’9” ceilings. There are four windows down each side and a set of double windows on the front wall.
I have gotten one side wall covered with OSB and the other is partially done. The beginnings of a lumber rack can also be seen on the wall.
So where to go from here, well I got myself a copy of this magical program some of you LJ’s keep referring to – SketchUp. After many hours of learning how to use the program without tossing the laptop out the window I came up with a starting point. As this is a second floor wood shop it allows me to put the dust collector on the first floor and run the piping under the second floor. This gives me a little more floor space upstairs. However the gained floor space is going to be used to accommodated a freight lift. So much for gaining a little extra space. I wanted to maximize the space as much as possible, yet still have enough room to move around the shop without bumping into tools too much. There is 4’ of space on either side of the table saw, should be enough to get projects around. Well take a look and let me know what you all think.
-- Making dust and taking names!