While I donít spend a ton of time in my shop these days (two kids under 3 years old takes up a bit of time), I am proud of it. Being about 12í x 17í with low basement ceilings, itís not terribly roomy but for most projects it works just fine.
The gentleman we bought the house from 7 years ago was a woodworker so he divided off a section of the basement/garage with wood studs and plastic to contain sawdust. I also had the privilege of purchasing a lot of his hand tools, including the hardware rack with nuts, bolts, screws, nails, you name it, going back to the 70ís. These have saved me countless trips to the hardware store.
One of my favorite attributes is due to a small renovation upstairs where we knocked out a wall, I ended up with an unused HVAC register, so I poked it down into the shop. On these 95 + degree days it stays about 75 down there and comfortably warm during the winter months.
The workbench top came from a disassembled desk that was being given away. Itís not attached but provides a very flat, clean surface.
The stainless table was free from an old employer who was clearing out his storage unit.
Several of the tools came from Craigslist. Several tools were obtained new by me. While I still occasionally drool over sawstops, powermatics and lagunas, I feel that by learning on the tools that suit my needs at this stage in life is 100% acceptable and even preferred.
Thanks for looking!