When I needed space and didn't have enough, I rented a basement from a local
business (sub shop, actually). Great spot, except for a 7' ceiling and a hard
to deal with door (when you had a 10' board in your hands). Also needed major
rewiring...when I moved in, there was a light circuit and that was it. Some guy
had wired (open) a coffee pot to the light fixture wires, so that when the
switch was on, the coffee pot was too. Yanked that within seconds.
I used that place for 3 years, then moved in with a buddy who already had an
overcrowded shop. We're still good friends, but it ain't my fault!
I'd suggest you look around for a similar off-area rental (with good locks,
and, unless you've got some experience, decent wiring). Business basements for
some types of businesses are not used...check out old buildings
(Charlottesville has a lot) with hairdressers or small sandwich shops or
similar places above. Hell, even an insurance agent's office might work. Any
business that doesn't need extensive basement storage should work.
I'm sure others will have other ideas, too.
I think we agree, the past is over.
George W. Bush
This isn't a solution to your shop problem, but if you are just getting
started, how about taking some adult evening education courses? You can both
learn and use the machines. Most that I've been to are mainly an excuse to use
When you say you dont have room what does that mean? Is there a yard where
you get a 10X10 Homedepot shed into? Is there one of those storage places
where you can rent a storage area.?????
Mon, Jul 14, 2003, 9:44am (EDT-3) email@example.com (Jason)
<snip> doesn't have any room for a shop. <snip>
If they will let you park a travel trailer (camper) you might think
about getting a used one. I've seen 20' models, going for as low as
$400. Already insulated and wired. Pull out what you don't need in the
way of appliances, etc., and sell them. A lot of them have air, or you
could add a small window unit. When you move again, you can hook it up
and have an instant shop wherever you go, or sell it to someone else
needing a small shop or storage.
Let's just take it for granted you don't know what the Hell you're
Life just ain't life without good music. - JOAT
Web Page Update 13 Jul 2003. Some tunes I like.
On 14 Jul 2003 09:44:38 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason) wrote:
Rent a one car garage sized storage room. Most storage buildings even
have 120 VAC electricity in the alleys, all you need is an extension
cord. 240 is out of the question. <G>
People use these places to restore cars, boats, etc... Asking for
electricity isn't all that weird.
I've even played in bands that used the two car sized units as
Here in Connecticut, a one car goes for about $100 a month.
Thanks for all the tips on finding shop space. Charlie and Barry, I'll
definitely look into renting space from a business or from a storage
facility in C-ville. Heck, I'll be working at UVA and might even be
able to find something on campus.
JOAT, thought your idea about creating a shop on wheels was great. One
extra benefit -- if I wind up on the wrong side of a power tool I can
hop right in the driver's seat and head to the hospital!
ToolMiser, I'll also look into taking some classes once I'm down
there. There's a local community college in town that offers at least
one class in cabinet-making that might be good.
Thanks again, everyone.
email@example.com (Jason) wrote in message
Following our family's move to a new house last fall, I was left without any
kind of shop. I'm just now moving in to a new shop and getting
re-established. My advice to anyone facing a similar situation is to pack
everything very carefully, and catalog the whereabouts of every little tool
or part. It's such a pain to sort through stacks of boxes, just to find some
needed little item.
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