I purchased a home in rural Alaska that needed a little work, but it had areas of beautiful craftsmanship done by the original builder. Restoring some of the original woodwork and gutting/remodeling parts of the home has been my focus the past few years. I hope to share many of these projects on this website.
The workshop in my home is small compared to what many 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 me 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. I was surprised to read that 46% of the readers had shops in the 150 square feet and less category. I guess I thought that was odd, most shops featured in same magazine are in the 500-1000 square foot range. Yet that doesn’t really represent the space most people dedicate to woodworking.
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