A Well-Organized One-Man Shop
Plan machine and bench layout around logical workflow and convenient storage
Synopsis: Draw it first, then pick up a hammer, advises Ross Day, who had the luxury and challenge of building a shop from a 36-ft. by 36-ft. shell. He designed a space for maximum efficiency, keeping clutter to a minimum and adding lots of light. Scale layouts of the floor space and machines helped him try different combinations and workflow patterns. The article also explains the hassles and merits of building a shop to code.
Last year, my wife and I decided to leave the city for the country. Our goal was to buy a house, a shop building and land so that we would no longer be at the mercy of downtown Seattle landlords and a real-estate market that had gone totally nuts. We found what we needed about an hour outside Seattle.
The shop building was a bare shell: concrete pad, open stud walls, no windows and a…