Although Ive run a business since the late 70s, Ive never thought about woodworking and all involved.
It seems my 4 year run at having a shop in my garage might be coming to and end soon. I was angry today all day, but the anger has passed, and now my wife and I are putting our heads together to come up with ideas.
I can use my sons home/garage, but hes 45 minutes away, and he only has around 240 sq feet. Adequate enough for me to finish his builds for now, I can move anything I need to his garage in one load, set up and get busy within 2 hours. I dont want to have to move alot of lumber, and all the secondary machines since I dont use them often. My son said anytime dad, hes a good boy. Advantages of this is that I will have a full kitchen, my own bathroom, a bed to rest in, and always feel at home. This would only be temporary, as I wouldnt want to displace my son out of his storage space in the garage. I just want to finish his table, stools, and help him finish off his basement. Id move on a sunday morning, and be working by sunday afternoon.
now my questions, as it pertains to my second option and the one my wife wants me to follow as well.
Renting space. If I rent space to put 6 machines in, strictly personal use, not commercial, does anyone know if Im still bound by the same fire codes and electrical codes as a professional business?
There will be no one other than me, so I dont need liability insurance, maybe a drop of renters theft insurance.
Are there any rules about setting up a woodworking shop that Im totally not aware off?
Im thinking about finding out about local machine and woodworking shops that could spare an extra loading bay, and rent it to me to help them pay their monthly rent. Id get a small insurance policy to protect me All Id need is 250-300 sq feet, and a throne. I only eat a coffee and roll, so I can make coffee and bring rolls each day.
I do like this idea, although its a bit more convenient stayin out back, but that may not be an option in two weeks. At least I wont have prying eyes and curious neighbors looking down my way anymore.
I checked some local places and I see some 600 sq places for 650-700 bucks a month with loading docks, frieght elevators, private bathrooms, perfect for me.
If I ever needed advice from you guys, please, spit it all out and give me ideas now. There are share/places around me, but I dont want to work on their machines and dont want others using mine.Id prefer my own space.
Any suggestions, please pm me or give it to me hear.
It will be greatly appreciated.