small workshop ideas #7: New one wall workshop ideas from part 5

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 01-03-2018 01:33 PM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a continuation of Part 5. 32 feet of reachable shelves and 16 feet of underneath the shelf storage for mobile tools and tool chests. Do you have this much shelf in your shop ? When I plan ahead for a one wall workshop. Rethinking this set of Shelves in a positive light. When I took a new look at these shelves and said take out the bottom row, now the 2nd row up is 43 inches up—- about mid chest and the 3rd row up is about 63 inches up——about nose height . So very much 2 very reachable shelves for items in planned groups or crates or tool chests. Below this I plan to leave the center post ( 8 ft left and right of it.) and cut the left post and right post below shelf number 2 and reinforce from the ceiling. I was already in the ceiling and the trusses are on 2 ft. centers so chains are possible. The top shelf is 7 ft high so likely for seldom used things or maybe some home items. Back to down below. like mobile groups, I have to tool chests on casters each are 28 to 30 in long, in my projects I have already tried a wood top for one ( 28 wide by 36 long with vise ) and its a nice size for projects and in hardwood sturdy. Think about the workspace we use on most projects if you have a large bench, likely you are in your favorite area on it and one vise, even a 2 ft by 4 ft probably half used and half not. So in my goal is to move out one car, roll out the two tool chests or one. I also have two workmates, make a quick set up for work surfaces. Next like I was referred in my first help, I own a Shopsmith 510 roll it out. Then make a quick decide do I need any more like vacuum hoses or power cords from the on the wall hanging under the shelf. This all sounds good but after 5 shops and thinking about back to when you had nothing what did you need to get out each time. I like to reach for my portables and know where my chisels and drill bits are but they can stay on the shelf until needed and then back away. Isn’t that what most of these drill holder stations and tool boards are all about.?? I had a large shed building, 12 by 28 half of the garage, with the tools arranged for use, and still had to keep tools close to the bench or move the cut wood to the bench. Looks like now I am thinking tools close to the workbench. Look how you have yours and you might have it that way now. Check out My last Blog about Help Plan my future Workshop and the reply from Shipwright” garage to workshop in 2 minutes ”. Attached is the shelves waiting for me in a few years. There is also a 5ft by 5ft storage room with shelves that I can see used for small parts and stains.

Sneakily I have early thoughts of how to get my hardwood moved there by making panels like table tops and putting into the truck. I did not say I was making table tops. I am moving stock in the form of panels which can store easier and flat and then be cut to whatever I want. I hope that sounds like a good idea…can you imagine trying to tell your wife you want to move 30 cherry boards across country or 4 -4 ft by 4 ft table tops ready to work into anything ??

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 11:39 PM

Sounds very workable

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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