|Forum topic by Brandocalrizzion||posted 01-18-2014 01:09 AM||816 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-18-2014 01:09 AM
Looking for some input as to ways to utilize space in my shop. Short little backstory, my grandfather was a carpenter all his life. He past at age 90 when I was 8. When my grandmother passed 2 years ago, I was given some of his hand tools, as I wanted some things to remember him by. I also moved his work bench from his shop (12.5 ft) to my garage.
I would love some ways to highlight some of his old hand saws, but mainly some of his old hand planes. I use them as the need arises. Its through acquiring his hand tools that I struck an interest in woodworking. I am still very green, but am learning, loving it, and hope one day to make some great items like my grandfather did before me. So far I have made a 7 ft dinner table with benches and am starting in on a dresser for my wife.
That said, the bench is very long, which can be nice. It takes up most of the length of the right side of my 1 car garage. Through the transport though the bench came loose (as it was built over 20 years ago). It was jointed with tongue and groove joinery. When those came loose, I tried to put them back together but I the table top is not level and is slightly bowed. It still works well for assembly purposes.
Part of my thinking was to cut up the bench into 2 smaller benches, one being an assembly bench and the other being one on wheels that I can move around and possibly use as support for some of my other tools like table saw or miter saw.
My big struggle is do I break this down into smaller benches or keep it large. If I break it down, I feel like I can place some of my larger tools in better spaces. I will attach some photos to show what the space looks like. Lighting is horrible and my friend fortunately gave me some overhead lights I can hang, but want to get my layout squared away before I hang them.