|Workshop by ADHDan||posted 08-28-2013 05:59 PM||2644 reads||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Here’s my new workshop, almost finished with the short-term setup. My space is about 10’x15’, so everything is on wheels and designed to save as much space as possible. The key features include:
-R4512 table saw
-Bosch router table with permanent router
-DeWalt 734 planer
-DeWalt 10” miter saw
-Harbor Freight DC with homemade separator
The router table and OSS are in the same cabinet, with a hole/peg base system to lock them into the tabletop. The planer and miter saw share a flip-top cart. I also have a repurposed rolling TV cart that fits under the table saw; currently, it houses my Kreg jig station, a bench grinder, and various odds and ends inside.
Clamp organization is managed along the back wall. I mounted three Rockler clamp racks to hold my bar and pipe clamps, and used an old bathroom cabinet and towel bar to hold my other clamps (hand/spring clamps, c-clamps, hose clamps, etc.).
Because the shop is so small, I use vertical storage as much as possible. I mounted French cleats along the concrete side wall up to the window, and use them as modular storage for big/long shop jigs (once I finish unpacking and find the rest of my jigs, I’ll add more cleats and do a reorg). After the window, I hung various things from the trim/ceiling: miter gauges, straighteges, drywall square, straightedge clamp, band clamp, etc.
I ran my DC line along that same wall; it starts at the DC/separator cart and runs PVC to the window, where it splits into a wye (with blast gates) to run a dedicated line to my table saw and a “floating” hose with quick-connect adapters for all my other tools. I also have a shop-vac (with a Vortex separator) on the other wall; both the DC and the shop-vac are on a dedicated circuit, and are remote-controlled.
Likewise, I mounted a hanging cabinet on the opposing wall, with my makeshift workbench underneath. I’m going to add Rockler retracting casters and put a solid core top on it to turn it into a almost-proper workbench that can wheel around the shop. The hanging cabinet houses most of my hand-held power tools: drill/impact drivers, circular saws, routers, ROS, belt sander, biscuit joiner, etc. I’m going to install pull-out pegboard panels in the bottom cabinet to hold all my hand tools, although eventually I’d like to build a wall-mounted pegboard cabinet with tri-fold pegboard panels.
I also have two rolling carts. One is a four-drawer cabinet that houses table saw gear; the other is a rough shop cart that stores my air compressor. Both are the same height as the table saw, so I can roll them around and lock the casters to use for side/outfeed support. In a pinch, they also function as small assembly tables.
The ventilation duct running across the ceiling actually serves a very useful function: anything (small) that I glue a rare-earth magnet to can hang from it. This is nice for storing things like push sticks and the remote for my DC and shop-vac, but it’s even more valuable as a hanging rack for project plans, diagrams, and cut lists. Rather than leaving scraps of paper on the bench and having to move back and forth to look at my specs, I just hang them from the vent and glance up when I need to without having to leave the table saw or miter saw.
After taking these pictures, I realized I hd way too much horizontal space dedicated to lumber storage, so I shortened the lumber storage racks by about 16” on the left (just relocated that Rubbermaid shelf track to a stud in between the other two). With more space between the lumber racks and the workbench, I’ll move the shop-vac cabinet and cutoff boxes elsewhere and put in a plywood storage cart.
Long-term plans include mounting my router table in the table saw and putting the planer on a low rolling platform (i.e. a creeper) underneath it, tethered to the table saw so the creeper moves more or less with the saw when I roll it around. (I can’t bolt the creeper to the saw, because the R4512 lifts up when the casters are engaged). With those tools consolidated in/under the table saw, I’ll have benchtop space cleared up to add a small drill press and/or band saw. My other long-term plan is to build a nesting outfeed table, to provide better outfeed support and assembly table space without sacrificing permanent floor space.
All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with this setup. Considering I’m working with about 150-160 square feet, it packs a lot of punch in a small space. But if anyone has other suggestions for maximizing space and efficiency, I’m all ears!
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.