Do you work in a small shop? Tell us about it!
I’m trying to put together an article about small shops, and I could use your help. The focus of the article is not yet dialed in, but it could go in a few directions: It could become a profile of one or more shops, or it could become a compilation of great ideas for working in small spaces, like the basement shop article I wrote in 2009’s Tools & Shops issue (FWW #202).
Tour Some of Our Favorite Shops
When it comes to ingenuity, creative use of space, and just plain beauty–these shops really shine!
Chris Gouchner’s Garage Shop Expansion
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John Tetreault’s Little Shop That Could
Richard Ciupka’s Underground Dream Shop
When I define small shops, I’m thinking of something the size of a one-car garage, or smaller, in the range of 200 square feet or so.
Basically, I’m looking for innovative ways to work in a small space. Here are some topics of interest:
- What power tools can you fit?
- How did your tool choices affect your woodworking, or vice versa?
- How do you organize tools?
- Did you did you eliminate stationary tools altogether and opt for benchtop or handheld models?
- Have you opted for hand tools only?
- How do you store tools, both hand and power tools?
- Where do you keep lumber and supplies?
- How do you store clamps, long and short?
Workbenches and tables
- What kind of workbenches and worktables do you have?
- Did you design an innovative workbench that fits the space and is more versatile than a traditional bench?
- How do you handle dust?
- How do you get big stuff in or out?
- Do you have a unique way of lighting the space?
- How do you arrange power outlets?
- What’s your secret to working efficiently in the space?
- Do you finish in the space? If so, how do you handle harmful fumes?
These are just some ideas to get you started; but don’t feel limited by them. So tell me about your small shop, and send pictures of your unique way of working in it.
Email is quick and easy (firstname.lastname@example.org), but you can send stuff via snail mail, too:
63 South Main St.
Newtown, CT 0647
A small shop can be cozy, but how do you make the most of the space?
In 2002's Tools & Shops issue, we showed you how one woodworker created an efficient workshop in a small garage.
A small space must be efficient if you are to be productive.