I purchased a home in rural Alaska that needed a little bit of work, but had some beautiful craftsmanship done by the original builder. Parts of the home felt half-finished but you could tell where the builder wanted to go. Of course, other parts of the home needed to be gutted and redone from scratch and that was fun. I hope to share some of these projects on this website.
The workspace in my home is small compared to what most people think a conventional shop might look like. Total square footage is only 110 feet, but I’ve grown to love it. Having a small space forces you into good habits and allows faster work. I’ve worked in large 1000 foot shops and sometimes felt I spent most of the time walking around trying to find tools.
There was survey done in Fine Woodworking not too long ago asking the square footage of your home shop. The winner sitting at 46% were shops in the 150 square feet and less category. I guess I thought that was odd, most shops featured in media are the 500-1000 foot variety. Yet that doesn’t really represent the space most people dedicate to woodworking.
I’ve sometimes been asked why I don’t build a bigger shop, since I’m lucky to live on a lot with space to build. My first reaction is why? I can do everything I need to do in the space I have, why build a professional cabinet makers shop when I don’t plan on doing production line work?