I build guitars, so my space needed is not too bad. I am, however, a true tool hound. (Not good if you need space) I have had many shops over the years, starting in 1971 with an attic shop! I can think of at least four-five others as I moved around the US.
I am currently in a 10 X 28 garage turned shop. I have a garage door, (insulated), and a man door leading outside. Four sets of shelves. I’ve installed 220VAC for the planer, lathe and compressor, and 120VAC and lighting for the rest. It’s tight, no doubt. To top it off, it sits under a sunroom where originally a driveway was, so the floor it asphalt, slightly slanted, and the ceilings are low. (7’ 2”) If I drop a screw, it always goes towards one wall!!
I have a secondary room under the house where I store wood, and tools I do not use but once in a great while, and I mean months between. I have to go outside to get into the basement area. Luckily I live in Southern Tennessee, so weather is not a big problem.
Do you guys do what I do? I mean every so often go out and just stare at the shop, trying to imagine how to better get more space? I did it today and gained a few inches. Victory!! But if I had to build a chest of drawers, forget it! But I can do most of what I want. I just get sick of moving things around all the time to get to the task at hand. I’ve had bigger shops, but you go with what you got in the house you live in at the time. I’m one of those people who follow the money, so I’ve lived in many states, many houses.
Just interested in the comments of those people who have small, small, shops, and how do you make space?
Terrible tales welcome!!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com