Hi Becky (can I call you Becky?),
A couple years ago I built a 12 x 16 studio, with five windows, out behind
the house. I figured that would give me plenty of space to grow into. I
didn’t expect to run out of space, like I already have, so quickly.
Home improvement stores have workbench kits, predrilled, precut, etc., for
about $50. I got two, and actually bolted them to the wall studs. I put
one of them (where I solder) up on cinder blocks to make it stool height.
I also “bit the bullet” and bought myself a genuine jeweler’s bench. What
a treat! An 8’ folding table acts as a desk, design area, etc. I put up a
few shelves above the table for books, magazines, catalogs, etc. I also
mounted two old bookcases on other walls for shelving
One of the neatest storage things I did was for storing findings, beads and
small parts. I cut several pieces of 1x4 wood to a 50" length. I then
screwed a row of baby food jar lids down to the wood (open end up), then
mounted them on the ceiling beams over my jeweler’s bench. Then I filled
up the jars and screwed them into the caps hanging down. Everything’s
clean, neat and within easy reach! By the way, use two screws per cap…
that way they won’t spin on ya!
Now I’ve got to figure out how to build a new bench for two pieces of
lapidary equipment I bought last year… and where to put a sink. Hmmm…