Workshop ideas #1: Workshop Ideas

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Blog entry by JohanE posted 10-31-2011 11:58 PM 5135 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am planning a relative small but functional workshop of 28’ by 16 ’. Any good ideas and plans are welcome:
- What floor (wood, cork, etc.), should I use?
- Looking for plans or photos for integrating a workbench, router and table saw in a functional unit?

-- Johan, Huntersville

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#1 posted 11-01-2011 01:23 AM

A good place to start would be to check out all the woodworking magazines…like shop notes.
Also do a search on this site for shop tips…there are lots of them.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 11-01-2011 01:54 AM

WOW, 28×16 is certainly not a “small” shop…many of us would be jealous of that kind of workspace. One thing to keep in mind is airflow for a filtration system and layouts for efficient sawdust removal. If you have the luxury of starting from scratch, you’ll be well served to take those into account from square one.

Good luck and post some pictures once you’ve got things up and running.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 02:40 AM

My heart bleeds as I work out of an 18×20 space… I would LOVE to have that much real estate. But no, you can’t really afford to squander it…

You are talking about building a “Workstation” and generally speaking they work well for routing and table saw duties… However generally speaking, they leave a bit to be desired as a workbench…

Since space is such a concern for you, might I suggest you add a router wing extension into your table saw, and then build one of those workbenches that kicks up on casters and slips over the top of the table saw when not in use… Wood Magazine has a good plan for those…

I personally went with an integrated router wing, and a stand alone workbench. So far so good…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 03:27 AM

My floor is plywood with solid vinyl tiles which makes for quick and easy cleanup and the tiles are easy on sharp tools should you drop them. Concrete would be murder on both your feet and dropped edged tools. I do believe that I would opt out for a more squarish type building where the air flow will be more or less circular instead of back and forth in a long narrow room. Since my shop is essentially 2 buildings side by side with the middle wall still existing except for a doorway it was easy to put an air cleaner in the far side of the center wall and that forces the air to circulate through the cleaner into the 2nd room and back through the doorway. You may or may not have the grounds available to do a squarish building but I would think seriously about that. Whatever you do, good luck!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 04:18 AM

No input on your first question—I’m stuck with a concrete floor so I’d imagine anything would be better than that.

Regarding your second question, I’ve seen some excellent combination workbench/outfeed tables. You could put the router table in one of the table saw wings and then have your workbench as the table saw outfeed. Doing that, though, you lose out on the ability to move completely around the workbench, and depending on your preference the height of the work surface might be too high or too low.

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#6 posted 11-01-2011 05:57 AM

Thanks a lot for everbody’s input. These are very welcome. Unfortunately I can’t make a square room, but I may have an additional garage for wood storage and assembly. Anybody tried cork floors yet?

-- Johan, Huntersville

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 11:09 PM

Try this website:

It has some very good tips and really got me thinking about how I work and how I want to use my space

-- I can complicate anything

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#8 posted 11-02-2011 08:57 AM

The link posted above is well thought out and does give many good ideas for the average shop…........

-- mike...............

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