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#1 posted 11-13-2007 08:15 PM

My problem with my shop is that I recently moved from a 5-car garage and 900 square foot basement space into a 2 car garage and no basement. So I really had to consolidate my stuff. I did what Blake suggests – got rid of the unnecessary stuff and started grouping things, etc. I still have a ways to go. It’s been hard going from such a big space to hardly any. I also lost almost all of my “holding scraps for just in case space” when I moved. Now I have to be very careful what I keep and what I get rid of. It may sound like I had a lot of stuff, but in reality I was just really spread out among all that space.

Now my biggest problem is organization and that fact that I keep loosing my horizontal surfaces as I work. I end up moving stuff from one surface to another depending on what I’m working on. I’ve got some storage space in the attic, but I need to get someone over to replace the attic pulldown steps which currently can hold the weight of an overweight mouse and that’s about it.

Long and short though – you can make your space work if you need to. There has been a series of articles in Popular Woodworking about small shops that you might find interesting.

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