Notice lots of talk / questions about optimum shaping bays, ie: color, lighting, size, etc. For those that don't have a warehouse or an extra garage, you can do a temporary version that works fabulously any place you can find a large enough floor area: Despite the frustrations and near impossibility with shaping in natural direct light, I try to do some of the initial shaping outside with the palm trees, fresh air, sound of seagulls, scent of flowers, etc.. Inspiring but not conducive. Recently we had a very long cold and rainy period when I could not finish a board and needed a pro shaping bay in a hurry. Remedy: Went to Home Depot and bought a few inexpensive large nylon tarps which come in the perfect blue color, along with two eight foot double bulb flourescent fixtures for about $25 each (+ bulbs),some elect. wire and male sockets to wire for pluggin the lights, some clothes-line wire, a couple of 2x4s, and duct tape. Above my garage is an unfinished attic apartment in which I hung the tarps from the stretched clothesline wire (like a shower curtain since they have hole eyelets perfectly placed), taped the bottom of the tarps to the floor with a long continuous strip of duct tape (easy to sweep up next to the tarp walls), and concocted a 16' x 10' "bay" (longboards). With the 2x4s I built simple portable pedestal stands for the light fixtures to hook onto. I placed the stands on the outside of the blue tarp walls and hung the lights on screws which protruded through the "walls" at just the right place. To enter, simply fold back a corner seam in the tarp and close behind you. Turn on the boom-box with some sounds, plug in the lights, and get on it. It worked out so great and the lighting is sooo much better that I'm giving thought to staying inside until late spring. So, if you don't have a bay, try a tent (ok, it took a few hours).