Out With the Old Shop, In With the New Shop

Everyone loves moving, right?

A week and a half ago, I had the old shop all packed up, and I got some help from some friends to move the whole thing to the new place. In two years of working there, I made the shoe rack, the prototype bookshelf, the saw till, the stool, the nightstand, plus a number of tools and odds and ends. It was my first real dedicated shop; I learned a lot there, and I feel that I accomplished a fair amount there, as well. So let’s take a moment to contemplate the now-empty old shop with an odd-looking photo:

All right, that’s enough of that, it’s time to move forward with the new shop. Unfortunately, the new shop looks like this right now:

In other words, it’s not so much of a shop as is it a mostly-assembled workbench with piles and piles of tools all over the place. Those pieces of wood on the top? The case pieces for the tool cabinet that I might finish sometime in the next two centuries. As opposed to the old shop’s location of a basement-like thing, this is in the garage. I don’t really have a window directly behind the bench, but I do have an entire wall there. The landlord has allowed me to hang french cleats there to my heart’s content, and I will.

So, anyone got any cool ideas on what I should do here?

A huge improvement over the old shop is the wood storage:

In the old place, I had to store all of the wood vertically like the stuff in foreground that I haven’t gotten around to stacking. Now I have a whole length of a wall, and I can sticker it as well.

And hey, there just happens to be a place to hang the frame saw as well.

4 thoughts on “Out With the Old Shop, In With the New Shop

  1. Congrats on the move. Have you arranged your workshop yet? What does the floor plan look like? At this point my workshop is such a mess it’d be a blessed relief for someone to tell me where they thought everything should go.

    • ACLP: It’s essentially a square or rectangle measuring maybe about 10×10 feet. It’s open on the left, but there’s a walkway there. There is an occupied shelf on the right. The side opposite the wall is halfway open, but I have to keep that clear, too. I am thinking about keeping the bench away from the wall a little.

  2. I like being able to walk around to the other side and attack a project lefty as well as righty. I think having access to the other side opens possibilities that you wouldn’t think of, if that access weren’t there, sort of like having a third hand.

  3. ACLP: I’ve always wanted to do the left-hand/right-hand thing, but I really don’t know if I have the space. Time will tell. Right now there’s a big thing that I’m varnishing that has to get out of the way first. Thankfully, that is almost done, and I should be able to get something working soon. There’s been such little time, though.

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