Lately, everytime I go to the garage whether it be to get something, or work on something I tend to always come back with bruised/scratched shins.
The garage is a somewhat of a mine field. It never really started as a workshop, so tools and machines just accumulated as they came with no order or planning and each one made it more and more stuffy and cramped.
My wife just asked me ‘why don’t you take everything out and reorganize the place’.... hmm.. that means spending more time in the garage – and not even for any woodworking :( but I guess it WOULD yield some fruits.
So. since I have some of my things modeled in SketchUp (router table, workbench) I was able to mock up the 1 car garage in SU with the addition of some machines that HighlandTools posted on SketchUp’s 3dwarehouse (thanks guys). This is what it looks like today (uh… no my planer is not THAT big, and my jointer is also smaller, but these are the machines I was able to get without having to model them – call me lazy ;) ):
there’s also a snow blower there, and a bunch of stuff laying around that just doesn’t have a place. you can probably see the pics in my workshop page as have been taken not too long ago.There are a few issues with current setup:
- there’s little room to move around
- I can’t utilize the workbench wagon vise as I can’t really reach it
- milling lumber is difficult as the area the milling machines are located in is cramped and tight – I do roll them aside , but it could be better.
- stuff laying on the floor – safety hazzard
Reorganize everything and place it in the perimeter:
- most important – I’ll have room to walk around, and be able to reach everything comfortably and safely
- workbench will have easy access all around
- milling machines will be positioned closest to DC
- stationary duct for DC will be easier to setup (future plan)
- machines will be grouped by usage (milling, shaping, joinery/fitting)
- did I mention I’ll have space to move about?
So, this is the plan I have set for myself. hopefully I can get to it one machine at a time, and get it done within the next few weeks.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.