Hi there! Welcome to the tiny shop chronicles.
I am quite new to this site and have been enjoying it tremendously. It is full of information and experience but mostly a terrific bunch of helpful people.
Anyhow, I have been doing Renos of all kinds for years but it is only in the last 18 months or so that I have truly felt the passion for woodworking. As life can be very ironic, it is while converting our garage (my “former” shop) into our new living room that I fell in love with woodworking, which left me with no shop!
So, I relocated in an 11×13 room in the basement with no windows, which was not bad at all for a kids bedroom or an office which were the previous callings for this room but as a woodworking shop, it is tiny. 18 months ago when I only had portable tools, it seemed sufficient. But now, I have purchase a proper used table saw a Rigid TS3650 and a router table and the jigs are slowly but surely multiplying, the space seems to be dwindling rapidly. Actually, it is this quest for space that has brought me to LumberJocks in the first place. I have been frustrated with magazines and other sites which proudly showcase shops that are larger and in some cases, more comfortable than my house. My wife and I raised four kids in that house with two left at home so every little bit of space is well used. You would think that with Kids growing up they would take less space as their toys are not all over the place but the opposite is what seems to happen. Plus, all my kids are girls, which leave me severely outnumbered in the hormone department and completely outgunned and defenseless verbally. The military never prepared me for this! Those in this situation will know exactly what I am talking about.
Bottom-line, I need my man cave, my woodshop, my last refuge. It is a sanity imperative!
The Quest for Space
My shop is soooo tiny that… Almost sounds like a joke but it is so cramped that I must do something about it because I am afraid that the frustration of being in there lately will drive me out completely. I am sure I am not the only one in this situation and that other share the same frustration, but very few seem to want to speak out. I guess that those with tiny shops like me might be suffering from shop envy or tiny shop complex as I am sure this is a real affliction. So I decided not only to expose myself, so to speak but to try to help those with a similar affliction and get assistance and benefit from the experience of those who once were victim of this debilitating condition. Why a blog and not ask questions in the forums? Well, I will certainly do that also on specific subjects but I wanted also to centralize my experience and chronicle the changes through time. Discuss my choice of priorities, my motivation for the choices I will be making and create one central place to look for those with Tiny Shop Syndrome. A kind of tiny shop support group if you will.
I guess I should set expectation on other matters also. My quest for space is bordered by my quest for Money (4 kids remember!) and a quest for time (I work 12hrs a day). Things that are equally tiny. So this quest will be curbed by practicalities and compromises of all kinds, and although some “would-be” helper may get frustrated by my potential refusal to adopt the obvious solutions, please bear with me. Plus, the more potential and varied solution we provide, the more likely someone will find the one that fits their needs and budgets.
So I enlist all of you, big and small to help those less fortunate ;-)
-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!