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I Have a decently sized although oddly shaped shop in my family’s low ceilinged basement. Because of people wanting to support me at such a young age, 90% of my tools have been donated for free! Some of these tools include a powermatic pcs-14 bandsaw with a riser kit, a old but awesome craftsman drill press, a jet 6×9 belt sander, Ridgid mitre saw and about 100 bessy bar clamps. I just upgraded to a sawstop contractor saw because of a bad scare with my old craftsman .113. I also just finished a dust collection system with a harbor freight dust collector vented outside. I wish I had done some reasearch on organization before I stored EVERYTHING in over 50 drawers!

I would really appreciate any layout suggestions as I dont really like the work flow of my shop, especially for bigger projects.

Thanks for looking!


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 05:42 AM

The ongoing need to make your shop better is part of the fun! Welcome to LJ’s!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Dave G

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 01:43 AM

It’s really fun organizing the shop. I sometimes do that instead of projects. I’m also not very good at it but one thing I do think works well is to think of work flowing into the shop, in the middle. I put the table saw front and center at the shop entrance. Sheets and big boards come in, get dressed and then flow onto workbench that is also in the center. I try not to flow over to side walls. I think of it as “focusing on the wood”

Of course I’m a hobbyist doing one or two projects at a time. I know guys who dream this stuff and are unbelievably good at it. Some will comment after me….

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 04:54 AM

Welcome! I used to live in your area – went to school in the New Paltz district for a while. They had a good wood shop program for middle schoolers!

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 01:43 PM

Your shop looks pretty good to me. It’s hard to figure how big your shop is but Rome wasn’t built in a day so the more you work in it the more you’ll know how to make it better.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 02:27 PM

You’ve used the space effectively. I concur with the previous comments, that shops evolve from joys and frustrations along life’s journey – spurred by the woodworking projects we undertake. My preferred ‘style’ is to create a circle of tools and tables (though, we do live in a rectangular world); in this way, I maximize the use of ‘grey’ space (which is the effective working footprint of a tool or bench) – I can move quickly from assembly table to miter saws, Table Saw, Bandsaw – minimizing my steps to the next process.

I think you’ve got a great first start – make a few projects; get angry at some part of your shop (fix it); do more projects; get angry again (fix it again). It’s a process.

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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Dave G

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 10:31 AM

That’s a great comment helluvawreck made about taking time. I am ready to try a different arrangement whenever the mood strikes. It took me two years to get my shop comfortable and it seems to take a while for the brain to figure it out. Good luck!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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James Lango

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 07:49 AM

Your shop is great! Its all relative. Sometimes the biggest shop isnt even enough. It never ends. :)


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#8 posted 02-01-2013 08:03 AM

Great looking workspace Cole. Your fortunate to have so many kind family and folks willing to help you along. You have some great tools and storage in there.

I’m really impressed with your shop made planer, looks top notch.

Stay safe and have fun


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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