Maintaining things in a SHTF or WROL will become critical to your survival. How will you sharpen your axe when it eventually becomes dull. What if you need to replace a part in your firearm... What if you need fix some mechanical component that you can no longer buy at your local hardware store or your borehole pump stops working... These are all situations that a workshop would be excellent for. Firstly the building or structure: A garden shed or motor home converts nicely into a amateur workshop. They require little modification except for shelves and possibly electrical supply or lights. Secondly tools: Yes, tools and machines are expensive but they pay for themselves many times over. You don't need to buy everything at once either. Setting up a "shadow board" with common tools that one uses often isn't that expensive if you buy it bit by bit on a monthly basis. If you work it into your prepping budget you can buy a screwdriver set this month, and a pair of pliers the next... and so on. Second hand shops often have great tools at a fraction of the price of the new ones. What about a anvil for shaping metal? Thirdly machines: Having a milling machine or large laith might not be the answer here. Although they can do some incredible things they require a lot of power. A single phase laith with less than a meter between centers should suffice for almost any machining you might need to do. For milling you could use a pedestal drill and fit it with cutters instead of drills... Manipulating the bed will help you mill out whatever you need. What you also want to look for is something like a compressor that can run a multitude of equipment like drills, riveters, grinders and so on but doesn't require that much power. Additionally air can be stored in them long after the power fails. A battery operated hand drill that can be recharged is also a great idea. What about a hydraulic press? A small generator could also be a huge asset. Many other things can fall into this category depending on your setup Fourthly, storage... : Things like cabinets for power or pneumatic tools and shelves for any assortment of things, tool trolles to make certain equipment mobile and bins or bottles for consumables. Perhaps designated areas where you store raw materials or useful scrap metal. A good workbench doubles as storage as well. Something to consider fifth is consumables: These could include... Nuts, bolts, washers, rivets, glues or epoxies of any kind, soldering, welding rods, nails, screws, industrial cloth, sanding paper, chemicals like acetone or paraffin, Saw blades, cable ties, tapes like masking and isolation,grease and oils, electrical wires, pins, globes, gloves, grinding disks, gas like argon and oxygen, car and firearm parts, Pipes and pipe fittings and so on. The layout is also important, not only to maximize space but also to enable you to work with items in your workshop without any hinderence. Setting up a number of power outlets is also a good idea. What do you guys think?