My TINY shop renovation #1: GAAAAHHHHHHH!! I can't take it ANYMORE!!!!

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Blog entry by StayinBroke posted 01-08-2013 04:53 AM 2637 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me start by giving a brief overview of my shop, or the thing I like to call my shop. My “shop” is an 8’x8’ shed that sits in my back yard with an extension cord, or sometimes two, ran out to it from the house. Lets face it, the thing is a mess! I can’t hardly do anything in there! I have 2 workbenches and a whole mess of shelves with no real way to organize anything. One workbench has my scroll saw, drill press, and band saw on it. The other is where I do everything else. My prep work, assembly, designing, whatever. Well, yesterday I had it. I’m sick and tired of the mess and the tripping and the hunting, and everything else that comes with a small space that’s packed to the gills with EVERYTHING!! It just plain SUCKS!

So, the time has finally come. The planning. The planning of a complete renovation! The complete renovation, of my tiny. Little. SHOP!!! MWAAA HAAA AAAAA BAA HAAA HAAHAHA!! (now commence psychotic rambling) As of yesterday, I have been researching small space organization, and workbench construction, and peg board tool racks, and pegboard cabinets with sliding panels, and below bench storage with drawers and cabinets, and flip top tool carts, and bench dogs, and LEG VICES!!! and, and, and,...... pretty much anything and everything that has to do with consolidating a mess, eventually making things neat and organized.

I think the best thing I’ve done for this project so far is that I’ve started an “idea book”. Every time I come across something on the web that I want to do, I right it down. I draw a little sketch. I dream about it being in my shop. If I find a bench top clamping system that I can integrate into my bench top, it goes into my book. If I can build it, and I think i can fit it into my 8’x8’ shop, and I KNOW BEYOND A DOUBT it will make my shop time that much more enjoyable, it goes into my book. Then I get a headache, so I put my book down, and I drink a beer.

I’m giving it a week. One week of researching, and sketching, and dreaming it all into my shop. After the week is up, phase 2 will begin. I’ll take all my measurements, then I’m going to sit down and draw out my plan. Then I’m going to double check my plan. Then I’m going to double check my double check, then I’m going to, well, I think you get the point. Once everything looks good on paper, it’s time to start phase 3, the tear out and the finding somewhere to put all the crap. Then phase 4, the construction of my new workbench and the places to put all the crap back into.

Right now (it may change by the end of the week) my intent is to build a good sturdy workbench with a double layer top of MDF, integrated bench clamping system of some kind, and a flip top area for my scroll saw. Underneath will be multiple drawers of at least 2 different sizes, and cabinets with pull out shelves. Most, if not all of this (since I’m pretty much broke most of the time), will be done with things I already have, or scraps that I can find here and there. So keep an eye out for ideas to do things on the cheap. I’m a good one for that. Heck, just look at my shop made router table in my projects.

So anyway, it’s late and I’m tired, so Goodnight! Stay tuned for more!

-- I'm just me.

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 05:47 AM

Sounds like a challenge, but good luck man! Can’t wait to see the progress. I’ve taken over our garage and have started similar organization projects (currently involved in building cabinets for the garage). let me tell you, getting organized, makes a world of difference!

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 07:44 AM

Looks like I’m not the only one on here with a shoebox shop. take a look at my pegboard cabinet. best advice I can give is put wheels on everything so you can move stuff out of the way. that being said I have completely used every inch of available work space and the only thing i can do is build a second shed for my tools

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 03:17 AM

Way to go and keep us posted

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 03:29 AM

sounds like you have a plan

here is a shop smaller than yours

our good friend dilo

his shop is a closet 7’x6’

but do look thru his projects
you will be amazed at his work

welcome to LJ’s !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 08:20 PM

I hear you Brother. I too am about to start reclaiming the Lost Workshop of brucethecontrarian.

-- Bruce, UK

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 08:24 PM

or, just a dungeon

this is about all I have….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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