No room left, baby came home
I brought my project truck home after nearly two years of moving it in and out of the shop where I work. All I can say is its great to have it home, but man... there's no flippin room left. My garage is only 15 x 21 and it has a 3 x 8 welding bench, roller cabinet, drill press, fridge, and two storage cabinets. (not to mention engine and axle stands etc..) I still have to fit a 200 amp mig, 60 gal compressor, 250 amp tig, another roller cabinet, sandblast cabinet etc...I've had to shove the thing tight to the wall. to have any space at all.
A few space saving thoughts to keep floor space clear....I plan on getting a horizontal compressor, separating the tank from the mechanicals and putting the tank high on the wall. (not enough headroom to put the whole thing up high) I'll build a new base and mount it under a bench on spring loaded feet to keep it quiet. (garage is built on the house) I'll probably build an insulated cabinet with a work bench on top to house the compressor unit.
The mig welder I bought will just fit under the bench without a cylinder on the back I'll simply secure a cylinder next to the bench and run a longer suppy hose. Hopefully I can do the same with the tig welder I'm eyeing up.
I may trade in the full size fridge for a bar fridge, build a custom blast cabinet that fills an odd spot or tucks away and maybe replace the storage cabinet with roll out modular racks. I wonder if I can fit in a bench top metal lathe and 4' finger brake also???
My philosophy is I'd rather work in tight quarters and have equipment, than lots of space and no gear. I'll likely ad another 15 x 21 five years down the road, so these ideas are only temporary measures...Outdoor storage is out of the question, and the shed is full. Any space saving tips are gladly welcomed. What do you guys think?? Am I nuts?