View Full Version : My Micro-Shop (A.K.A. This Old Micro-Shop)

11-06-2003, 07:24 PM
Well, this should give everyone a good laugh! It is almost embarrassing, in fact.

Here are pictures of my "Machine Shop". I have a Super 11CD lathe, Rong-Fu RF-31 Mill/Drill, a 2' by 4' work bench, drill press, and a host of other equipment (and shop air!) all jammed into --- GET THIS ---

65 square feet of broom closet in my basement.

Yes, it is a step saver shop!!!

My next magical act will be to replace the mill/drill with a real knee-mill at some point, once I work out the logistics of getting it in there (obviously, the mill/drill will have to go).

I just thought you guys would like a good laugh. :-)













11-06-2003, 07:45 PM
Nice shop. Nothing funny about making do in tight spaces. Just think, when you have 300 square feet, you will feel like your in a warehouse!

11-06-2003, 07:45 PM
No problems there. Many have done with much less. The only problem I see is it is too clean and uncluttered.

11-06-2003, 07:50 PM
Too clean and uncluttered? Why, there is no room for the mess! Where would I put it? :-)

11-06-2003, 07:59 PM
You gotta put on some weight!

11-06-2003, 08:28 PM

Do you think I need more beer? if yes, please let my wife know!


G.A. Ewen
11-06-2003, 09:20 PM
Nothing to be embarressed about there unless that fellow sitting at the milling machine is a customer waiting for parts. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Really nice shop. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

11-06-2003, 09:24 PM
G. A.,

No, just me waiting for the mill to spin up.....

Ah, here's the problem! AC plug fell out. :-)

11-06-2003, 09:32 PM
Don't know how to work in a shop without tripping over things. Can't stand it when somebody has a clean shop http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Nice shop though.
Evan, I have seen pictures of you, tell Janet I said to feed you more beer! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif I will probably hear about this now. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
Marv, if you drink beer in your condition, it will just run right through you http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif, but you are a handsome devil aren't you http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

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Herb W
11-06-2003, 09:35 PM

We all have to make do with the space that we have...

Looks like you have things set up nicely.

BTW if you'd just get that water heater outa there you'd have room for another machine tool! Ya don't really neeeed hot water do ya?

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11-06-2003, 09:47 PM

I could get one of those instant demand water heaters. Yeah, another machine, that be cool!


11-06-2003, 09:49 PM

I need something that really sticks to my ribs!

Thanks for the compliment, but I am already married. :-)


11-06-2003, 09:49 PM
Nice shop, don't see anything to laugh about. We used to have about 4 in plant maintainance areas about the same size, they worked just fine. Tell your wife beer will help.

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11-06-2003, 09:54 PM
IT's atleast twice the size of my work shop.
I got a 7x14 lathe, and a 6x8 mill, and a 40$ drill press.

11-06-2003, 10:01 PM
As Thrud would say-"you jam tart!"you still have room on the walls and ceiling,buy more tools http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Nice shop,I wish I had someone to clean mine with a toothbrush http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I have heard of losing wieght to fit in a pair of jeans,but man you are serious about your shop!

Michael Az
11-06-2003, 10:29 PM
Nice shop and now you know it is a never ending battle trying to get more room and then more tools!

11-06-2003, 11:51 PM
here is a picture of my workshop, I wonder how I get anything done.

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11-07-2003, 01:19 AM
Dang! I can't see the pix...."page cannot be displayed"


11-07-2003, 01:35 AM
Wow, you have 17 SqFt less than I have, but you have 7 more machines than I do---
Geeze, I'm so cramped for space between the mill and the wife-Hmmm, wonder which one I need to get rid of to make space for more machines????

11-07-2003, 01:36 AM

Rocket, balsa wood, model plane fuel can?? Are you a model plane flyer, too??


11-07-2003, 03:02 AM
Rockets, He he, I like rockets. Why is it all the really cool stuff that we can make is illegal? Stuff that goes WHOOSH.......BOOM. Always wanted to build a bazooka. HEY!.. It's all a mistake! Rattle, rattle...

11-07-2003, 04:28 AM
I have a feeling you are trying to tell us something- maybe it's "don't fire up the 50 horse vacuum in a very small room, it'll suck the meat right off your bones!". Anyway, nice arrangement for a small room. I once had to make do with a room 8 ft long, by 4 ft wide. Had only the Unimat lathe and a drill press then, plus the usual assortment of tools, of course. The whole place wasn't 300 sq ft. When I got the table saw, it went into the living room, and I lived in the bedroom.

11-07-2003, 07:42 AM
Nice shop and I'm coveting your Emco lathe.

11-07-2003, 08:34 AM

Thanks! So do I.

I only wish I had a mill that was as good as the Emco lathe!

Anyone have a good suggestion as an upgrade beyond the Asian mill/drills?


11-07-2003, 09:01 AM

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Al Messer
11-07-2003, 09:34 AM
No need for you to feel embarassed or for us to laugh. You have done well. My first "shop" measured 4' x 6' and was a storage room at the end of the carport.

G.A. Ewen
11-07-2003, 09:53 AM
That is a good start bill. I like to see chips in the chip pan. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

11-07-2003, 10:23 AM
I need to get a 5 gallon bucket for all the chips that are on the lathe now, its over flowing!
Yes, Model airplanes, boats, cars, rockets, heck, im into everything. Hopefully within a couple of years, you'll see a steam locomotive there too.
In our old house, we had a extended 2 car garage with a complete wood shop. I really miss that shop. In the finals days of that house, I was slowly trying to turn it into a metal shop. Some one gave us an offer on the house out of the blue that we could not refuse. End of story.

11-07-2003, 07:29 PM
Why be embarrased? My shop is only 12 X 20 and there are trails through it so you can get to things and the best surface to work on is the table of my wood shaper as my bench is covered with gunstocks. At least yours is clean and organized

And get this, I just bought a 2 spindle gunstock duplicator that is 6X7 feet and it has to go in...somewhere.

I am going to remove a bunch of shelves and get rid of everything that is critical and in frequent use and cram the machine in.

11-07-2003, 09:32 PM

Nice shop, certainly nothing to be ashamed of. My first machine was my lathe. I needed a shop to put it in, the only problem was the old farm shed I wanted to put it in was not heated and the roof leaked, so I made a shed inside of the shed, complete with roof! It was only about 8' square.

I see in your photos that you don't have the proverbial "scrap box" but two scrap buckets. I suppose you're going to tell us that these two buckets supply all the material you will ever need.:-)


11-07-2003, 10:56 PM
Hey, Guys,

I want to thank each and every one of you for the kind words. Thanks!!!!

The two buckets contain current stock, but the neat thing is about 30 minutes away is a metal recycler that sell all kinds of aluminum at $1 a pound. I even bought 6 sheets of 3' by 10' .070" sheet aluminum. Stuff was brand new with the paper wraper on each sheet. That stuff is in the garage. :-)

11-08-2003, 03:27 AM
Arrrgggg, lucky bastich.

11-08-2003, 03:57 AM
Nice and organized...Good to see someone with a smaller shop than mine! Unfortunately mine also has to serve as general storage for my stuff. I'm going to have to ebay some junk so I can make some space for more unfinished projects.

Good luck on the knee mill in that spot (unless you're talking about one of the smaller enco type knee mills). I'm trying to get my Tree usable and it just takes a lot of space to fully articulate the thing. I'm considering looking for a smaller xy table and mounting it to the knee and putting the 10x52 table under the workbench.