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Postby dandydon07 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:07 pm

Hi all,
Looking for some inspiration. New year is on the horizon and I’m looking to redesign my massively cluttered workshop in the hope to make it a more productive workplace in 2019 :clap:
Can you all post some pics of your own workshop to give me some inspiration before I start my redesign between Xmas and new year.
Thanks and hope you all have a great Christmas
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Re: Workshop inspiration

Postby poliopete » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:25 am

As I can't upload pics I will attempt to explain my workshop layout and the reasons it's laid out this way.

Because I sold my frame shop and business some time ago I now operate from a double garage. The garage is 15' x 17' approx with a central island workstation in the center 7' square.

I like to work in batches so along the first long wall I have a double bowl s/s sink with h/c water and generous shelving either side and underneath to house all the paraphernalia required to h/f frames. Next is the Morso and underpinner. Double strip lights above and two double elec' sockets on that wall for phone, heater, compressor and "Henry" cleaner. The Henry and compressor live under that corner of the central workstation. There is adequate space to feed full lengths of moulding into the Morso.


Going to have a cuppa now so if you are not bored witless - the second installment to follow :lol:
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Re: Workshop inspiration

Postby poliopete » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:49 am

That wall being the longest is where examples of framing and mounting are displayed and everything on display, is for sale.

With a batch of frames cut and joined, glass can be selected and cut from a purpose built rack situated on the second wall. All glass cutting kit is kept at that end of the workstation. Then there is a window where I site a large easel to display customers pictures to be collected. This seems to go down well. Next stands a 9 draw plan chest for mountboard storage and my manual mount cutter sits on top.

There is very little along the next long wall because of two up and over doors. My flip-over table saw sits in front of the first up and over door and can be easily dragged outside and the door shut, keeping dust creating jobs outside. Inbetween the garage doors there is a second large chest of drawers for all the tape, ironmongery and cleaning stuff required for finishing off the frames. Pencils utility knifes and tape measures are kept at both ends of the workstation.,

Behind me, on the forth wall and in easy reach, is backing board. This area also serves as a "design" area. :giggle:
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Re: Workshop inspiration

Postby poliopete » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:09 am

Because I have a conservatory with a vaulted ceiling full lengths of moulding can be stored vertically saving space in the workshop.

This layout suits me as it keeps lifting and walking to a minimum.

After reading this op I did try and obtain (on another forum) a handout with information from a well-known framer and educator who is presenting at the Art & Framing EXPO on this very subject. My intention was to copy and pass on the info' contained in the handout to anyone interested. Unfortunately, my request for a freebie handout was not well received:? Sorry, but I did try.

On that note can I take this opportunity to add my sincere thanks to all those members on this forum who constantly and patiently offer help and advice so generously. Will all those ladies and gentlemen please take a bow :clap: :clap:
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Re: Workshop inspiration

Postby Keith Hewitt » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:24 am

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Dandy Don,

Feeling a bit flippant :giggle:
Go and visit this framer - he gives lessons in workshop design :clap:
I have visited framers in 83 countries - no two are the same.

"Cut mounts are like haircuts, they are both bad when overcut."
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Re: Workshop inspiration

Postby tebbles » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:51 pm

Here is my cutting area and mountboard storage. These are two years old now, have added more since. To the right of the mountboard storage is glass sections, for different types.


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