By now, my 6’x6’ shop is pretty well bemoaned and documented. Frankly, it sucks. The size of a shop can limit what kind of work you do. Sure, in my small shop I could build toys, boxes, and probably some small furniture pieces. However, I dream about bigger things. I want to be able to crank out highboys and dining tables. I don’t want limits, and unfortunately, a 6’x6’ shop has those.
Money is a bit of an issue. With the cost of tools, wood to build projects, and the fact that I really hate construction projects, a stand alone shop probably isn’t in my future. However, I can’t help but believe that there’s no other options. So here I am, with a rough plan in my head to share. Now, I’m open to other ideas, since I’m just now really toying with this idea.
First, this is an outdoor workshop. I live in southwest Georgia, where it’s warm most of the year. Even when it’s cold, it’s usually only for a couple of weeks. This leaves the vast majority of the year availble to work in the “shop”. Second, size wouldn’t be nearly as limited. After all, the back yard should be plenty big enough for even the largest book case I conceive myself building.
Now, there are limits to this. Besides the temperature, there’s humidity. South Georgia can be very humid. 90% is very normal around here, even when there’s not a cloud in the sky. I can see this playing havoc in regards to wood movement. In truth, this one might be the deal breaker. The only thing I can think of is to use the storage room that is currently slated to serve as my workshop for wood storage, and put work pieces back into the room when I’m finished working. That’ll be a pain in the butt, and introduce those same limits I’m trying to avoid.
Since I’m planing on there being some type of shelter, rain wouldn’t be to much of a problem. Windy rain, on the other hand, could be a pain in the butt. Whatever shelter would have to be capable of having sides to shelter from the weather, but otherwise be open to the world. I don’t want to work in a stifling tent, you know?
Theft is a real concern for me. Any plan would require a way to keep my tools as my tools. A locking tool cabinet or a tool chest that can be transported into a secure area would work. I’d just have to decide which direction I’d like to go.
There’s a lot to think about on this plan, so nothing will be set in stone for a little while. Still, it’s better to get this worked out now, so I know where this is going, you know?
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!