|Space-Saving Home Shop
||Issue #297 - October
For many of us, there just isn’t enough space for a big workshop.
We end up sharing shop space with the garage or basement, which usually
means one of two things. The tools get spread out and take over the
entire space, or they get put in long-term parking against the wall,
and they’re seldom used.
Although enlarging your shop may not be an option, it is possible
to make the space you do have more efficient. And that’s precisely
the idea behind this home shop.
Although it’s hard to tell from the Photo, this shop has an
unbelievably small “footprint” of only 50 square feet
(the size of a small storage shed). Yet it functions like a much larger
Five Workstations - The secret to making
such a small shop work “big” is due in part to a unique
arrangement of tools and cabinets that creates five major workstations.
These include a station for the table saw, router, miter saw, and
planer. And there’s a large,
|sturdy benchtop on
each side of the miter saw station.|
Each workstation can be set up in a matter of seconds. Equally important,
it can be reconfigured just as quickly to perform a secondary function
or get stowed out of the way.
Strategies - But these workstations are really only one part
of the story of this shop. We’ve also incorporated a number
of space-saving strategies, which are detailed in the Online Extras
Time & Money - Of
course, lack of space isn’t the only limiting factor when setting
up a shop. You also have to consider time and money.
To save both time and money, we purchased six pre-assembled cabinets
for about $240.Two shop-made end assemblies create tool nooks for
the workstations. And we customized the cabinet doors with pegboard
Finally, we built benchtops, fence extensions for the miter saw, a
flip-top planer cart, and a cutoff bin - all to get this shop working
to its full potential.