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Shop of the Future

It is reported that Michelango said, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

The same, I hope, is true of my future shop. Here’s the “marble” from which I must carve it:

Shop Clutter 1

Shop Clutter 2

You see, we finally bought a house near Des Moines a few weeks back. We moved out of the little rental house we were in. And I have it on good authority that if the weather holds (something that it hasn’t been doing lately in Iowa), a good deal of my tools will be making their way from Oklahoma in a couple weeks. Finally!

In order to welcome them, I’m trying to clean out the garage where we stacked piles of boxes when we moved in. They will get a whole bay of a two-bay, slightly oversized garage. Later I will do my best to surround them with nurturing storage space, abundant work areas and feed them a steady diet of electricity and sawdust.

I’m open to any ideas you might have about squeezing a shop into one bay of a garage. It’s got nice high ceilings (almost 11′), so any way that I can possibly go upward, I will.

One nice thing about the garage is that it is already insulated, including an insulated door, so I just have to hang a heater and I’ll be good to go.

One thing that we like about the house is that it has a full, unfinished, walkout basement. That gives us a lot of room to grow, as well as to customize the space to our liking. We’re excited about that, but it does mean that much of my “woodworking” efforts in the foreseeable future will be in the home improvement/construction realm. So, watch for me and my questions in the home improvement forum. I’ll keep you updated.

2 Responses to “Shop of the Future”

  1. [...] Though none of the models represented the exact tools I have, they are close enough that I can do a rough layout of my garage/shop. (A recent move leaves me with a blank slate for a shop. I’ve yet to get organized, but I’ve made a little progress since this entry.) [...]

  2. [...] you’ve seen the jam-packed shop, and the virtual shop. Here’s a progress report on the actual [...]

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