I'm about to endeavor to create a wwshop (Contractors TS, bench tools, and
hand tools only) in the third bay of a 3 car garage, but I don't really want
it to look like a shop (dusty tools everywhere, cords showing, scraps all
over the place). I'm afraid the BOSS would have increased anxiety levels
should the third bay look cluttered all the time, and I really don't need
her any more anxious than she already is. I could deal with it, but let's
just say I'd rather not. And I have to admit, not having to look at clutter
as I pull into the garage when arriving home after a long day at the orifice
has some appeal to me as well. Anal-retentive is not quite my (our)
descriptor, but it's pretty darn close.
My idea, naive as it may be, is to have doors on everything, with upper and
lower cabinets running the length of two walls to contain everything. No
exposed peg board for hanging tools, no racks for clamps, no visible bench
or hand tools, and no visible shelves. I'm even considering a hiding place
for the TS. Yes, aesthetics over convenience, or Style over Substance.
Foolish, yes, but I want to make the effort. And I'm not too concerned with
taking the time to drag everything out when I'm on a project.
My idea is to build plywood cabinets (sanded pine from the BORG) with pine
trim, and making a wheeled 8' bench with lower doors to nestle between the
fixed cabinets. Flip-top lower cabinets for bench tools to hide them
underneath for the time not in use. The inevitable scraps in the basement,
where it sure to cluttered as hell anyway(out of sight, out of mind). And
I'd like to have it all automated, with a remote control to retract all the
doors... nah, just kidding about the remote part.
I can almost picture it in my head, and have Visio'ed a few designs, but I
get this sinking feeling it's a bad idea. Has anyone done something
similar? As in, could someone walk into your garage/basement/spare bedroom
shop that has been "put away" and have a hard time recognizing it as such?
Thank you for your collective wisdom, and I've got thick skin, so call me
stupid if you think it appropriate.
--And let's please all remember to binge in moderation.