My shop used to be in the right-hand side of my 2 car garage, where my car used to be parked. I have now moved into a beautiful workshop that Iím splitting the rent on with Mike Wilson and Joe Gallio. The pictures of the shop are below. The space is about 20í by 60í and itís great to not have to worry about moving everything out of the way all the time or not having enough room to make big cuts or assemble something huge. It does have air conditioning, but it canít quite keep up with the Texas sun blasting down on the roof in the summer so fans are important too.
These pictures show the newest generation of the layout and tools. At this point I feel fully moved in and am able to really crank through some projects.
The first image is a work-in-progress 3D model of my shop space and the tools in it. I built it using SketchUp, a fantastic application used by architects and designers.
I was looking for a tool to model my projects and thought making a mockup of my shop would be a good test.
SketchUp offered a free 8 hour evaluation period and I managed to get a lot done in those 8 hours. Since I couldnít justify $495 for my little hobby, I sent them an email and went to a SketchUp demo night here in Austin and suggested that they produce a Ďliteí version for ~$100. Well, on March 14 they were acquired by Google, and on April 27 they announced a free version! The full-featured ďProĒ version still costs $495. Here is a rendering of my shop space, minus the router table and wood storage system that I havenít updated the model for. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of SketchUp! and trying it out! They have a 3D Warehouse of models that people have built and contrinbuted, and they even have a plugin for Google Earth so you can build a model of anything on Earth and display it at the correct location.