small workshop ideas #14: Change a little, Gain a little..Shed Space

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-08-2020 12:28 AM 759 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Arizona..or April in somewhere USA... Part 14 of small workshop ideas series Part 15: More than you think in a Shed Shop..ccnt.AZ »

Well 4 months in my small shop shed and another idea to work on storage and space. I had added a tool well to the bench top and it looked good but the 5 inches of space was just catching junk. the top was 24 by 48 with vise underneath. So I removed the tool well. Put the benchtop on the Red tool chest….first gain or loss ..the work top is now 35 inch high and I am 5’6” and about 32 hi is ideal for me. Now that was on the small wood bench that had 4 swivel casters and I added a 24 by 35 piece of extra OSB to the frame. Gain here…the 3 tools on the top are now on a Rotating tool Stand. I can spin the whole base to the direction I want. I had no cost instead of the roller design of the circular work stations…I like those but I don’t quite have the space. I will take a few seconds to plug in the tool to the extension cord as needed. I can now get to storage under the long counter that goes the width of the shed wall 7 ft. 10 in. my past arrangement I could not get to the empty space there and anything there was a lost item. A long goal that I have marked with tape is where to put the electric outlets when I get ready to run permanent electric outlets…a cost item…since the shop is 10 feet from the house. My past shops had either 2 or 3 20 amp circuit lines and each with 3 outlets.

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#1 posted 05-08-2020 12:51 PM

So, you could stand on a little platform to lower your bench to your ideal height? Or get used to the higher one?

I’m about 5 inches taller than you and I was leaning toward (no pun intended) a 38” bench or maybe go all the way to Paul Seller’s 40”. My back hurts when I bend over my work. Right now, I’m using a HF 34” bench.

I like the general idea of rolling things away to gain access to dead corners. Now that you mention it, I think that is a universal concept. Still maybe better not to have furniture in the corners unless there is nothing next to it. Now you’ve gotten me thinking.

At work here there is a little kitchen. Yesterday, I found that somebody put a trash can opposite the fridge … I suppose to be near the Keurig machine. Whoever did it, didn’t try to open the fridge. The door is pretty wide and you have to have a place to stand – right where that trash can was. So, our bodies have to have a place to be in and amongst our work spaces. I moved the trash can yesterday. I may have to move it every day.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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