My Workshop

I decided to talk a little about my workshop, as I have said previously I inherited this workshop from my father in law who was a painter and decorator and the shop he had was walk to wall paint and supplies with slot of old school and some modern tools.

The shop floor plan is about 25' sq but it's in a L SHAPE layout as you can see from pics below.

I decided to build most of the workshop on Sketchup for future projects such as updating the cabinetry and floor covering to something a little more modern but I'm waiting on the lottery to help out.

My shop is in the basement with 3 basement style windows and a door leading to a stairs with a bulkhead attached. The 2main issues I have with having a basement workshop is the following:

  1. Very little natural light in the basement so I have to rely heavily on artificial overhead fluorescent lighting
  2. There is no dust collection system in the workshop so I'm always cleaning the place
  3. The floor has no covering it's just a concrete subfloor that occasionally has water issues, although I do have a sump pump that adequately deals with the issue..
The walls are solid concrete so wall mounting a lot of heavy cabinetry is a major hassle, I'm contemplating using a cleat system and bolting wood to the concrete walls and just securing things to them.

I have placed scaled model pics from Sketchup below to show you the general layout of the workshop, it's important how you lay out your workshop for a few reasons, keeping the shop clean and tidy and having a workflow that allows quick and organised workflow. For that reason a lot of my power tools have permanent homes, such additions in my workshop include

  • Mitre saw cart on wheels
  • Router cabinet on wheels
  • Workbench large enough to work on 1 or 2 projects at a time..

I hope this section gives you suggestion on how to organize your workspace and a lot of my shop organizing solutions are on this site.