I spent quite some time recently looking at most everyone’s workshop and thinking of how I could improve mine or if I was able to design a shop what would it look like.
My shop is 1/2 of a 2 car garage. Of, course I would like a larger one. So, if money were no object (I still play Lotto) I have come up with my ultimate workshop.
First, it would be behind the house. I, like many others, don’t like to have the garage or shop door open and have people seeing inside. I love having the door open to give me cross ventilation and more light.
I would like the shop to be at least 30’ x 40’ with some skylights for natural light. I want wooden walls so there is no problem mounting cabinets or racks.
I would like 12’ ceilings and a raised wooden floor. The wooden floor is for two main reasons. 1 – It sure is more comfortable than a concrete floor. 2 – I could run most duct work and the electrical under the floor. I would have chases built in the floor so I could open them up if I needed to. Plus, you can insulate the floor. Built in vacuum outlets in the floor too.
Cabinets, cabinets, cabinets galore. I like things put away since it appears to be a cleaner and safer shop.
Cyclone dust collection in a separate room. A metal cabinet for finishing products. A 10’ long miter station with cabinets underneath. Plenty of lumber storage. A separate finishing room with spray equipment vented to the outside through a filter. Note to self – what are the OSHA requirements? Mobile stands for most of the equipment, except the table saw. The jointer located next to the tablesaw. A dust filter. Alarm system and TV monitoring for security. Might as well put in a large plasma TV monitor hooked up to satellite TV with a DVR. I could automatically record Norm, David and play them back at anytime. I could also watch Marc (The Wood Whisperer) anytime I wanted to from the comfort of the shop and follow along his podcast while tuning up my own bandsaw. Bathroom. Refrigerator. A shop sink with hot and cold running water.
A separate building for lumber storage with a covered porch for a huge lumber saw to cut logs and a huge bandsaw for resawing purposes. An automatic hydraulic lift and moving system to handle the logs and lumber.
And, What? What’s that? Time to wake up, was I dreaming?
Oh well, I still play Lotto.
What would you have for your Ultimate workshop?
-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.