The floor plan

236"

Wood Shop Floor Plans

Lumber storage

Mobile sheet-goods rack

5' double doors to garage

Practically everything in Tom Whalley's shop in the basement of his home is movable, to save space and maximize efficiency. That's how he gets an awful lot of equipment into a 24x28' space. Floors coated with epoxy resist scuffing and can stand up to the wheels of Tom's many mobile cabinets, which house most of his power tools. Tom designed many of the mobile cabinets to fit under other cabinets and under worksurfaces. Double doors lead to the garage, which Tom plans to convert to a finishing room.

Lumber storage

236"

Mobile sheet-goods rack

5' double doors to garage for something, you weren't organized." It's frustrating when you need a tool and you don't know where one is, he insists. "To me, being organized means not having to dig through boxes and cabinets to see if I have the tool I need. 1 just don't want to stop what I'm doing and rummage through drawers."

Space-saving, Tom believes, runs hand-in-glove with storage efficiency. Therefore, many of his shop cabinets serve double duty. For example, his planer and handsaw flip and stow inside their own mobile cabinets, providing additional counter space. (Plans for this flip-top cabinet are available. To order those plans online, go to woodinaga/ine.com/l'lipiop.)

"If you've got a big shop, you'd better be organized because there's too much to keep track of. If you've got a little shop, you'd better be more organized because you'll never find anything!"

One reason Tom organized the space so well is he designed it as a workshop—it wasn't converted from another use. So not only did he dedicate areas for designing, sanding, and turning but also integrated the doorway into the garage. This enables him

Practically everything in Tom Whalley's shop in the basement of his home is movable, to save space and maximize efficiency. That's how he gets an awful lot of equipment into a 24x28' space. Floors coated with epoxy resist scuffing and can stand up to the wheels of Tom's many mobile cabinets, which house most of his power tools. Tom designed many of the mobile cabinets to fit under other cabinets and under worksurfaces. Double doors lead to the garage, which Tom plans to convert to a finishing room.

to move raw materials in and finished pieces out.

"If you've got a big shop, you'd bettei" be organized because there's too much to keep track of," Tom reasons. "If you've got a little shop, you'd better be more organized because you'll never find anything!"

Although order and precision ruled the design of Tom's shop.

it doesn't necessarily apply to his woodworking projects. "I did plan my shop by saying, 'What do I have and where should everything go?' " Tom acknowledges. "But when I'm woodworking, a thought might occur to me, like, 'Thai cabinet could use an additional shelf.' That's where I allow creativity to take over."

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