COMPLETE REMODEL OF SHOP!!! - Ideas welcome.

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Blog entry by Kevin posted 03-03-2008 06:45 AM 749 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am going to “try” to do a good job of taking more pictures of my shop remodel than I usually do.

Of course I have already failed in that because I forgot to take the before pictures with all of tools randomly scattered around and very unuseful.

Intro: I have been very lucky in the last six months in that my lovely wife has allowed me to expand my tool collection. I have bought most of my tools or received them as gifts in the last 6 months actually. See my other posts for more info on tools acquired. Because of this, my shop has gotten pretty full of junk and tools. I need a complete overhaul of the shop that will allow me to do my “tinkering”, fine woodworking, rough carpentry, a small amount of metal work, and most importantly to my wife build her new kitchen cabinets.

I know it is not real without pictures, but how about a Sketchup drawing instead.

Ok, pictures too:

The only thing I left on/near the walls is what you see in the drawing. Everything else was removed and stuffed into my wifes garage. Now that is motivation to get the shop done.

I would love some ideas from you guys as I go along.

1) So far I am planning on a 6’ deep by 8’ long outfeed/side table for the Delta Unisaw/Router table. My 12” sliding miter saw will roll up next to the table to have 8’ on one side. A second top can be placed from the miter saw cart to a cabinet along the wall providing 8’ table on the other side. This will allow me to use the Unifence as a stop block for the miter saw and save some space. Since it is a slider, it would take a 44” deep cabinet to contain. That is why I am not putting it into the workbench like I’d like to. The planer will also be on a cart and can be moved into the same orientation as the miter saw.

2) I’m planning on a 18’ workbench against the west wall. This will house a lot of under storage as well as be my everything bench. I have two 8’ long hospital lab table tops for this purpose and plan to put a 2’ gap in them. This gap could house a number of different options: steel plate for pounding, grinder, metal vise, extra wood vise, ...

3) Dust collector and air compressor in a separate room at the N-W corner. (divide the room into two parts to keep dust out of air compressor)

I’ll try to get some more sketchup designs done for you all and get some pictures posted.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#1 posted 03-03-2008 08:35 AM


One think I like is being able to walk around my workbench when assembling a project. Difficult when it is against a wall.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-03-2008 12:47 PM

I tend to agree with Giz’s comment although with an 18’ run this should more than compensate for the “loss” of one side of the bench. You could actually put drawers underneath and add more storage to your shop. I like the idea of putting the dust collector in a separate area.

I am sure the adrenaline is building.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-03-2008 04:45 PM

Looks like you have a project ahead of you. I agree about not putting the bench against the wall.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-03-2008 04:47 PM

Giz & Scott,

I plan on building a more traditional wooden top bench along the north wall which I can pull out and work on both sides if need be. Top out of the reclaimed ash I have. This will be a seperate blog once the workshop is complete.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#5 posted 03-06-2008 08:54 PM

I thought I had added to this blog, but I guess i started a new one.

Check it out at

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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