While helping Ned build his shop, which seems wide open and airy at the moment with a really spacious 12' by 20' skylight, I wonder if my shop space could be arranged differently.
I'll add pics to this thread later as well as exact dimensions but wanted to mention a few general things to get my organization part of my brain working. At last count, there are 5 neurons that compose that part of my brain and 4 are down for maintenance with needed parts on backorder.
The shop is a slightly longer than normal one car attached garage and is 10' or so tall. There is a set of fixed stairs to the basement in this garage as well as a set of folding stairs to the attic.
The major equipment that live in the shop are an RAS (my first stationary tool, a 12" turreted Delta 33-890, my pride and joy!), a floor standing drill press, a 14" bandsaw, a 6" jointer and the all purpose table (it serves as a workbench, router table and assembly table all as needed - it can also be used as a mobile or stationary support for the RAS) that is approximately 4 foot square. There is also a dust collector, a vertical tank wheeled carriage air compressor and two steel mechanics cabinets. In addition to the shop stuff, there is a shelf that is ~18" by 4' that holds some bench top tools as well as miscellaneous stuff like grilling accessories. The trash also lives in the garage in between trips to the dump.
The garage is attached to the right side (looking at the front) of the house. There is an entry door to the garage to the left of the overhead door - directly in front of the entry door is a half wall, behind which is the bottom landing of the basement stairs. So, facing into the garage through the front overhead door, on the left is the half-wall for the basement stairs. Along this wall are the jointer and bandsaw. Along the back wall are the mechanics cabinets and air compressor. Along the right side wall are the RAS in the middle, with the drill press to left and the work table to the right. The shelf and trash are between the worktable and the overhead door. The dust collector is in the corner of the back and right walls. Mounted on the ceiling to the front of the dust collector is the ambient air cleaner.
More to come later, including pics and dimensions.
Here are the pics! No dimensions yet, I was busy making saw dust and breathing in glue fumes to take measurements.
These were taken from just outside the overhead door and are arranged to start from the far right corner of the shop (taken from inside the garage) around to end at the left wall of the shop space - the door to the house is to the left of the plywood pile, not seen.
There is a wood storage area in a room (an enclosed sun porch thingee) accessed from the door to the left of the red half height mechanics chest. When that door is opened, the home for my Gorilla ladder (currently standing around at Ned's shop construction site) is obscured from view (the blank spot of wall to the left of the red mechanic's cabinet).
I'm thinking that just some organizing will be helpful. In fact, the only layout change I think that I want to do would be to rotate the storage shelf 0 degrees so that it clears the overhead door by only 4" or so. This way if (when... ) the trash pile blocks access to the shelf I can pop the overhead and get what I need without playing (wife's words) mountain goat. (What's that? You say I could just move the trash pile out of the way? What kind of nonsense is that?! )