|Workshop by Matt||posted 08-20-2006 02:42 AM||4506 reads||2 times favorited||23 comments|
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Located in the basement of our ranch style home, my current workshop is twice the size of my last basement workshop. With all the extra space, compared to what I had previously, I now have a little more freedom to experiment with different ideas and layouts that really help me to be more efficient and thus, hopefully, leading me to being more proficient also. I’ve tried to layout the shop with areas dedicated to specific tasks or at least groups of tasks.
At the far end of my shop is an area dedicated to my big machines, the ”cutting area” this consists of my miter saw, band saw and table saw. Also included in this area is my thickness planer. Even though I have more space than I previously did, I still have most of my large tools on some sort of mobile platform so that I can easily move them in and out of use as I need them. I placed the mitersaw and tablesaw adjacent to each other, this is especially useful for when I’m doing both rough and finish dimensioning. It’s rather easy to move from one to machine to another as the task requires, not to mention that dust collection is easier considering that my smaller dust collector works best when it’s attached to a single machine.
Next up is the ”lumber storage” area. This is also at the far end of the shop and consists of multiple adjustable shelves that stretch across the width of my shop’s wall. I located the shelves above and around my mitersaw for easy access of lumber as I need it for a project. Not to mention that by having a storage area dedicated to lumber really helps to keep the shop more organized.
At the other end of the shop is the ”workbench” area. Not only does this area consist of my workbench, but an assembly area for the majority of my projects and storage areas for my hand tools. I really can’t complain about this shop at all, in the year that we’ve lived here I’ve had the pleasure of making several pieces for both my family and friends.
Thanks for visiting, Matt
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