I’ve been rethinking my office-type workspace layout.
Right now I have a workbench against the wall, and another for my computer and electronics work.
I’m debating 2 options.
Keep the workbench and try to optimize the space underneath for storage. Plus add some shelving above the workbench.
Put the workbench someplace else and build a cabinet with ~15" drawers and 18" countertop, and use the saved space to build a small 36" x 24" mobile cart.
The workbench is 6’ x 25". I love the depth, but it often ends up cluttered by stuff. That’s what gave me the idea to build a cabinet to my needs, and it’ll still have a countertop.
I figure I could make the cabinet out of 80/20, and make it modular. So one part of the project might involve a 24" section, and then maybe another 24" section, and then 18". Then I might build a corner cabinet. Finally, maybe that second workbench can be moved elsewhere, with a small mobile workbench being able to fit 24" away from both.
When I need a part, or tool, the path would be a lot shorter, since I would just have to turn around, instead of walking around the room.
The centered mobile workbench would also be better positioned for review photos, demo video, and smaller project logs. As it is now, there’s not much space for even a small workbench between the benches in the middle of the room. Reclaiming 6-7" along one wall, and then maybe two, and customizing the under-counter space for maximum utilization is very appealing.
I wouldn’t get rid of the workbenches I have now, they would simply be moved elsewhere.
I’ve been looking at Darbin Ovar’s setup, which gave me this whole idea.
I considered going with IKEA kitchen cabinets, but the cost is still steep, and there’s no flexibility. If I go with 80/20, I can reconfigure without too much trouble. I’d start with shelving material tops, and would upgrade to butcher block later on.
I think I’m convincing myself about the cabinet idea.