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I've got to admit, I don't have the best looking shop in the country, but I can say that I know where everything is and whether someone has been in there while I'm gone.

The smartest small shop that I've ever seen was only about 14' wide. It was just a long skinny building, but the lawn mower repair buisness turned it into a very efficeint work space. On each side along the walls was solid shelves. The first shelf started at around 3' from the floor. This allowed for large heavy items such as air compressor, engines ect.  to be on the floor and the other items could be stored up higher.

There were about four, 4' X 8' work benches in the center, spaced out to allow walk around space. The distance to find something on a shelf was usually just a step away.

I've never seen a more organized small shop than this ......... unless you all know of one.  ;)
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2007, 10:15:46 PM »




All of the organized shops I've ever seen were somebody else's.
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2007, 10:21:05 PM »
I dream about an organized shop......
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2007, 10:43:00 PM »
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You mean that when Pasbuild and I stopped by after the piggie roast, your shop wasn't organized ;)
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2007, 11:36:53 PM »
When I first saw the title of this thread, Pigman's recent post popped into my head.
But I see we are talking about something different, so carry on. :)

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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2007, 09:06:50 AM »
     Got them beat my shop/shed is only 10' x 10' and about half is  and storage and workbench.
     Going to start to build my mill in there. Very tight place.



     Thanks Alot Mr Mom

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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2007, 09:25:12 AM »
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You mean that when Pasbuild and I stopped by after the piggie roast, your shop wasn't organized ;)
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We've actually got room to work on a tractor inside now  ;) ;D  As long as it's not a very big one  ;D :)
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2007, 10:14:29 AM »
I've got pictures of my shop floor, so I can show the young'uns what it looks like... :D :D :D
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2007, 10:26:51 AM »
If you want to see DISORGANIZED come and look at my shop.  I didn't know you could store that much junk in an 18x24 shop and still have room to work on a car. ;D
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2007, 09:09:26 PM »
Now, a bunch of you have done seen my "shop," which is just a pole shed with tin nailed up on 3 sides.  There is no floor, except for the dirt, and rain water flows through it in wet weather.  It contains all of my woodworking and mekanikin tools, along with the beergerator and a bunch of other stuff, within the 25x25 boundaries.

Last year, a guy I didn't really know brought me some free logs, so I offered him a cold beer.  When I got the brews from the beergerator and turned around to him, he was standing there with his mouth agape. "Man, you're a lot more organized than I am!" he said.  I'm thinkin' this guy must be the king of the slobs! :D :D :D
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2007, 09:53:10 PM »
DanG,

I've seen your shop.  Did you get a chance to look in mine?  I know you didn't go in.  Even I can't actually go in  :D

Your shop was mucho organized realitive to my catchall.  Mine is SOOOOOO bad, I'm building another just to keep from having to straighen out the one I have :o
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2007, 10:19:56 PM »
Mines full of sawdust and shavings and cutoff boards. But, I clean it up after each project. That in itself is a choir. But mines in a barn and it's not even half the width of the barn, maybe 35 x 12 feet and  7-1/2 foot ceiling. Sure heats up quick. ;D
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2007, 11:01:56 PM »
Mine is like a submarine - unfortunately, I'm not a sailor. :-\

13' x 60' with 7 1/2' ceilings.  The back 14' is wood storage.  Then you come forward to the work benches (old kitchen cabinets) and  you have to walk on and around more wood piles.  Come forward to machine area and you need to walk on and around more piles of wood to each machine.

All around the shop are projects in various stages of completion.  One of which is a Noah's Arc that's been under constuction for three years. How long did Noah take to make his? :D  I have a hard time doing just one thing all the way through.  When I was a kid, they called that an attention problem, but now, I call it multi-tasking. :)

Some times I just can't stand the clutter any more and I put things away.  Mostly, I believe that is just a procrastination tactic to finishing things.
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2007, 11:26:50 PM »
Oh, well I ain't mentioned the wood piles. That's what's in the rest of the barn, upstairs and down. Both firewood and lumber. ;D :D
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2007, 12:05:38 AM »
Some times I just can't stand the clutter any more and I put things away.  Mostly, I believe that is just a procrastination tactic to finishing things.

You hit the nail on the head with that one!   :D :D :D :D  That's me...far too often.

My shop's a complete mess.  I get moments of frustration, like tonight, where I pick a random corner and start cleaning it up.  There are a lot of roundtuits in my shop.  Just tonight, in fact, I was thinking of making a list of everything in my shop that needs a home, that doesn't have a home.  Once I finished that list, I'd make sure I either built something or bought something to store everything on the list. 

Who wants to bet on that ever happening?   :D
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Re: A small organized shop, small on the outside, big on the inside.
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2007, 09:10:50 AM »
Shop.   :D

I had not really thought of it in that light before, but in reading this thread, I looked in my own mind's eye to see what my shop looked like.  I couldn't find it.   :D

There is one back here now that is so full of stuff to be fixed, that I cringe in even thinking about it.  It is a very small shop. 

And then there is another shop here that begs to have the sawdust eliminated to find some of the tools, so as to take stock, so as to not replicate for some upcoming projects, and to transport to one of the other shops with more room.  Sort of. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2007, 03:29:39 PM »
My shop was really neat & well organized for years, then I bought the place.  ::)

It's been a downhill battle since then.  :D

But I do know where everything is, it's in the shop..........someplace.

I can't usually lay my hands on it straight off, but I know it's in there somewhere.  :-X
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2007, 03:42:44 PM »
Some of you shop guys are real slobs.  ;D :D :D :D :D 8) 8) 8)
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2007, 05:22:38 PM »
I spent a great deal of time laying out my shop before I built it, I know what the primary use would be and placed the equipment for maximum efficiency utilizing every square foot, the bench top and floor sweeps incorporated into the dust collection system makes daily clean up a breeze.


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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2007, 08:13:31 PM »
Oh yeah.........  Here's one for ya.  I call it: It's Here Somewhere.




This one shows you how much junk I have piled up along both long walls.  Some places it's up to the rafters.


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