Been a woodworking enthusiast is not enough especially if you don’t have a place to work and you leave in an apartment court.
In my case not only this was the issue but also I had no budget and space for big machines, so I came up to do the impossible for me.
I leave in Nicosia - Cyprus and woodworking it’s not at its best here. The woodworking accessories they sell here are very basic and everything is mostly oriented on the cabinet makers. Even a simple miter track I need to import from UK or USA, most of my things are from there, as for wood... Oak - Beech - Swedish pine - low quality plywood - cheep-boards and MDF that’s mostly all you can get and there price is ridiculously high.

Everything was design by using Google Sketch-up which I believe it has been proven to be a valuable tool to woodworkers.
The sketch-up general view image shows the whole idea in detail. Also I will provide detail photos of the whole project built.

So at my open air parking space which I have in my building there’s a small storage room with dimensions a bit more than 5X5 feet (1.6X1.6 meters). In that space I decided to keep my workshop and work openly in my parking area.

The problem is that you can spread things around in that parking space but everything has to be stored and locked safely when you are done as well as to clean to area.
Fortunately my neighbors had no problem with me doing so, but I am also been careful running the power tools only at selected hours.

Step 1: My Multi Power-Tool Bench

I decided to build a multi power-tool bench 59X20 inches (1.5X 0.5 meters) which will fit into my storage room and hold simple hand tools that will allow me to build any woodworking project I want.  Made out of 2X4” and 2X2” for the body, plywood for the sides and an 3/4 MDF top laminated with Formica for better strength.

The tool bench holds 5 major tools, drill press, sander, jigsaw, circular saw, router with a lift device and the possibility for a lathe (later addition).
It also has a vice, 5 small drawers (one for each tool’s small accessories), under storage space, and 8 electrical sockets with wiring. The bench sits on 5 casters with stoppers so that it can easily roll into and out of the storage room.
You will also noticed that there is an angle cut on the bench design, that was done so that it will allow me some space to pass through into my storage room even when the bench is inside it.

<p>nice work, very good use of the space you have.</p>
<p>This is great, but I must admit mine is smaller LOL! <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Workshop-Space-in-a-Rental-Place/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Workshop-Space-in-...</a></p><p>You have done an amazing job in your space. WOW. </p>
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thank you for sharing this, i feel inspired to try something similar.
<p>Hi Stelios, many thanks for sharing your work :D One of my particular favourites was the use of the car jack mechanism to adjust and fine tune the router height - that's absolute genius! </p><p>I have an old washing machine motor sitting in front of me and I was actually looking for projects showing DIY circular sanders. I do also want to build a small lathe. Your idea combining two tools, both using the same motor, is brilliant! I now have in mind a combined lathe / sander machine now, thankyou :D</p><p>I built a fold-out micro workshop a couple of years ago for space saving reasons. I've spent many dozens of hours using it so far and get great pleasure out of using it : <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Transformer-Workshop-and-Outdoor-Living-Area/" rel="nofollow"> http://www.instructables.com/id/Transformer-Works...</a></p><p>Thanks again for sharing!</p>
<p>I don't have the money to GO PRO However if I'm allowed to look at these &quot;your&quot; drawings and instructions I will most defiantly build my own off of yours IF YOU DON'T mind. Very very cool, Love this stuff</p>
<p>Thanks for the inspiration! very clever solutions in such a small space.</p>
<p>great use of a small space.</p><p>have you seen this</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Complete-workshop-in-a-shelf/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Complete-workshop-...</a></p>
<p>Congratulations mate, really nicely done!!!</p>
<p>Inspiring, thoughtful work. Thank you for sharing it!</p>
<p>Inspiring, thoughtful work. Thank you for sharing it!</p>
<p>The ingenuity in this is incredible! The conversion of hand held power tools to bench tools is pure genius. To incorporate all of the tools into one ultra-mobile cart is mind boggling. Great job!</p>
<p>This is amazing! There are so many excellent ideas in here. Many thanks.</p>
<p>Very Nice!<br>This reinterprets the term small place. And gives great inspiration.</p><p>I thought I have a small place, but you won.<br></p>
<p>This is fantastic! I'm going to have to build a version of this myself as soon as possible. </p><p>Hmmm, wonder if I could get it to fit into my van so I can bring everything out to work sites. </p>
<p>Excellent work, Stelios. I don't know how I don't see this before. </p>
<p>I really like your small shop. It is brilliant idea. I am from Greece and I am having the same problems like yours about materials and supplies. I have already bought an curtain aluminum track but I cannot find the screws. Do you have any closeup shot about these screws?</p>
<p>try ask for them from where you bought the track... but are just normal screws I think 3mm</p>
How much would it cost the average joe to build one of the carts with the lathe and other machines. <br>
Also, could you use a washing machine motor for the lathe? Could you turn metal with it? <br>
Apologies for my late reply. <br>I could not answer your question about the cost because mine been a European mast be way higher than yours if you are an American, also most of the power tools I had for some time so I cannot estimate its cost. <br> <br>I am not sure for the washing machine motor, I think it's not fast enough for a lathe and no it is not suitable for metal only wood. <br>Thank you for your comments and visiting
A washing machine motor might work. I've never messed around with them but I would think that while they might not have alot of speed they probably have good torque. By using pullys you could trade that tourque for speed and use a heavy fly wheel to compensate for the trade off. A used treadmill might work better though. They are designed to go fast if you want, they already have the pullies and flywheel you would need and they also have the speed control circuit to run it. I've seen them on craigs list for as low as $50. <br>I'm not familiar with lathes though so I can't say for sure the kind of speed and torque you want on one.
<p>A thing to watch out for with washing machine motors is that some of them have rather a lot of the machine's electronics built in to them, making the extraction of the &quot;raw motor&quot; a nontrivial bit of surgery. Definitely worth trying though.</p>
Ok, so after looking around at bench grinders it looks like you can get a decent one for about the same as you'd pay for a used treadmill with less hassle. Plus, as you stated you also get the duel functionality of a grinder.
Very true. Thank you.
<p>This is a really spectacular build. </p>
<p>Mr. Stavrinides, you are a truly talented man, a great thinker, and an excellent craftsman.</p><p>Thank you very much for sharing this with us.</p>
I have recently downsized from a 2 car garage to a carport. This has inspired me to build a new shop all in one swing out cabinet. Wish me luck!
very cool.
Good God, man. You are very creative! I am in awe of your power to think outside of the box.
I think this is amazing. I'm going to call it Wonder Bench. I was thinking I wanted to build a portable work table that would be multifunctional and also act as a shipping container for my tools when I have to move. I also recently decided not to buy a table saw in favor of building a table mount for my circular saw that could also accomodate a router. This hits everything in one. I'm definately going to download sketch and dream up my own Wonder Bench. Thanks!
Your shop really is inspiring! I will never again complain about how small my enclosed garage shop is. Thank you very much for this instructable!
Excellent! I, too, having a small workspace thought your design was great!
Brilliant improvisation!
I just wanted to say this is soooo innovative and should receive an award or atleast an instructable honorable mention!!!! Great job and like NutZilla said you ought to make an eBook or video of this!!! Awesome job on the &quot;wubicle&quot; (wood workshop cubicle) :) .
I do apologize for not thanking you earlier on your comments, but for some reason I missed it, sorry and thank you very much for your kind words and for visiting
best workshop with maximum utilities.
Thank you very much
Absolutely brilliant!
Thanks for visiting &amp; comments
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The only think I can add is to mount the drill press table as far back out of the way as possible facing the rear, bolted down securely. Then reverse the column to bring the head the front, leaving clear path underneath. <br>
That is a good idea! <br>In my case sometimes I need all the top of the bench so I simple remove the drill press and then its back to its place.
Hi. I'm a beginner woodworking enthusiast, and this is what I've been wishing to have. I'm so happy to find your sharing and it made me to sign-up just to comment. I really think you should (and I hope you will) write a complete and detailed tutorial of building this bench, maybe an e-book. I think there will be many people who are willing to buy the e-book, I know I definitely will. I also wish for demonstrations of using all the features you have in this great bench, like what can you do with this bench. Because I'm a total beginner and there's so many features that I don't understand yet. Great inspiration!
Thank you for the comments and visiting. Glad to help if are any questions in the future. <br>
I've been interested in woodworking all my life your home built shop is great eye candy for woodshop builders everywhere. I use old door and two saw horses then place my table saw,router,lathe scroll saw on the door. my storage shop is same size yours i bought minature lathe it had disc sander scroll saw and lathe as one the motor was two speed low or high but it burned out. i then decided to disassemble it and replace conutator with v belt pully cut away housing to make room for pully belt drove this off motor with v belt <br>a router motor speed contoler with will work with right motors. great instructable <br>interesting visually !!!
Late reply sorry :) <br>As they say in woodworking... What ever works for you is right for you! <br>Thanks for visiting and your comments <br>

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