My studio is in chaos. A month and a half ago I retired and we moved out of the building we lived in for 34 years. My studio was in the basement, which was ill-lit, had a low ceiling, and no heating or cooling. Here's a panorama of what I used to have:
|Hot work bench on the left, jeweler's bench in the middle, storage on the right|
|Stump and hammer storage|
All of that - all my tools and materials - are stacked in boxes all over the basement of the new house. Since the whole purpose of the move was so that I could set up a metalwork studio for my retirement, it's time to get to work on that.
Here's the studio today. It used to be a finished basement. The previous owners had a pool table and a bar down here.
|Left side of the basement|
|Right side of the basement|
When we were moving in and getting things fixed up I took the opportunity to add electrical outlets to the wall on the left side. I intend to build a bench for my power tools - belt sander, drill press, tumbler, etc. Underneath will be storage for other tools and consumables like sanding belts.
Behind the bench is a closed off area where the gas meter and main water valve are. Luckily, it's well lit so I've turned it into a storage area for chemicals and other stuff that I don't want just sitting out.
Over here is where I'd like to have the hot work area. The window would allow for venting and a fume hood. Since that will take some time and doing, I'm going to have to figure out how to do annealing and soldering for now. I didn't move the metal desk that used to be the hot work station so I need to come up with a substitute. Hot patinas will have to be applied outdoors.