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Ok folks, I would love some input on how “you” would use this space. I’m working on getting a floorplan with measurements uploaded. Just haven’t figured out how to do it yet. I have all the dimensions and the givens and druthers to enter just want to see how to do it?? Pat
By the way the shop looks like this for cleaning and rebuilding it does not look like a bomb went off on most days, well ok sometimes it does.
Plan has been added to the thread, the following are what I have and would like to best set up for practical use.
Radial arm saw is 44” wide
router table is 36” wide
12” chop saw is 28” wide but is 44” deep(this is the real bear, when pushed all the way back it is 27” to the face of the fence)
13” portable planer which I usually set on my assembly table(center)
4 1/8” jointer which I store under stairs because of non use
15” scroll saw which gets used rarely
floor model drill press which is set up under the stairs
bench grinder twin wheel bench model

I have most of the hand power tools as well, so I will need to create storage for them as well. I have started to make drawers under my workbench for them. I will also make an assembly table in the center 25.5” x 6 or 7’ long w/ drawers and cabinets, on wheels with locking casters so I can create room when needed.
Please if there is anything I have not included that would help make a more informed decision don’t be afraid to shout it out. Thanks for taking a look and any help. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 09:42 PM

I found that if you put your major tools on wheels it lets you have more work space. You can store your table saw, band saw, jointer, and other tools close to each other until needed and then roll them out for use. Some even put the work bench on wheels.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 10:10 PM

What Ray sez is good. You might start working out the details by making a scale drawing, say 1/2’to the foot. Try to make small scaled boxes to represent the RAS and other tools even use a an object to represnt yourself. Move the pieces around. Make a scale sheet of plywood and see how it can be manuerverd about. Stuff like this might look silly but it can help you gain a better perspective.

I like how it looks, just as orderly as any shop should be.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 11:04 PM

My shop is about the same size as yours. It might give you some ideas if you care to look. A smaller shop needs to be neat, organized, every available space used for storage and all stationary equipment should be on wheels. Good luck on setting up your shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 04:23 AM

Hey Pat,
The moble scenario is the way to go enhanceing your space and work area.

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 09:03 AM

Hi there Pat,first thing You want to do is when the love of Your life isn’t around slowly expand Your south wall in to the forbidden zone !! Don,t laugh, I seized 12” of much needed floor space on one wall in My basement shop and no one was the wiser ! OK with that said and joking aside, Jagwah’s is correct about scaled cut outs of tools/benchs/storage and what have You, it does help with lay outs. From what I can make out,Your tablesaw is residing outside Your main workspace? Depending on what kind of woodworking You do usually the TS is a key player in most shops and I based My shop lay out around it.I know that many shops have turned to the sliding compound saw but I personally stuck with a RAS and smaller Miter saw combo because of the SC saw’s large foot print that You speak of. In a small work space You do have to be creative and It does help if You can keep things organized. One nice thing about this site is the oppurtunity to take a look at several different shops and lay outs. There is also plenty of folks here that will offer up tons of knowledge, just keep asking the questions and someone will respond,thats the great thing about this site !

Hope this has help even if a little. Stay safe and looking forward to seeing Your progress !! ROBSSHOP

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 12:43 AM

Hey Pat,

Since you asked, here’s my input. From your pictures the first thing I must say is – What a mess!!! (LOL)

What I would do:

1- Build wall cabinets and hang then high all around the shop to be able to use most of the available floor space and get storage for the stuff.

2- Use mobile bases as much as possible.

3- With all that stuff I may build base cabinets, but mobile (a must in all small shops).

4- I would hang from the ceiling joists as much as I can (from the sides and under)

Here are links to two workshop designers (easy to use) on which you’ll be able to “view” your future lovely basement shop:

To get tons of ideas on how to get the best setups from your workshop I urge you to visit, watch and meditate on all shops shown. I’m sure you’ll find exactly what you need/want/expect/wish. The first is more suited to your shop but you’ll find nice ideas on all.

The next things you will need are PATIENCE, TIME, SKILLS and ELBOW GREASE.

I hope that you will be able to find and build your heaven and post your new workshop so we can all see the improvements.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 07:16 AM

yes I like the idea of making everything mobile, but just how to do it? Has anyone used air as in air sleds? I would be very interested in making a set of them. So do any of you know of a good site for info? You do need to have fairly flat and smooth floors. Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 11:23 PM

Tom, thanks for posting and after visiting your shop thread, I have alot of work to do. Also look like I have more tools to buy and thin down the junk. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#9 posted 12-19-2010 11:28 PM

Pat, I’ve agree with the others.

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