Tour the Shop
|My shop, commonly known as a garage, is 22' x 22' in size. You can get an idea
of the layout in the graphic below. I have a lot of cabinet and countertop space
which is great, but it also takes up a lot of wall space. My layout is perhaps
unusual in that my major equipment is in a cluster in the center of the shop space.
I think of it as an island. This works out very well for me and the kind of work I
typically do. It makes it easy to drop dust collection and electrical from above the
island and directly to the clustered tools. I plan to drop compressed air as well,
just haven't got that done yet. Most important for me was to get my lathe away from
the walls. I learned in my previous shop that placing a lathe against a wall doesn't
work well, preventing access to the off side, making good lighting difficult, and cleanup
is much harder. The downside to the island might be the limited open floor space for
working on large furniture or cabinet pieces. Since I only occaisionally do these
large pieces, the trade off makes sense. Moreover, mobile bases allow any of the
equipment to be moved easily, and I will be adding more of those as time permits.