The workshop has come along, but I am atan absolute stand still. I need some wood!! I have to pay a bunch of money for day care to support the wife in grad school. I even worked OT to buy some wood, but that went to the ol’ take care of my kids fund.
Time has only given me a good chance to wrap my head around my tools. It is a lot to take in. I even had a moment of – what the hell was I thinking, I can’t do this moment – but that faded quickly once I started envisioning my shop….again.
I have realized that I really don’t have a lot of space, and that will even become quite less when putting together a project and doing glue-ups and the like. So, I have come up with the following for the shop, in order of build):
1. Knock-Down Shop Workstation (or…a rigid saw horse thing) - This thing is awesome. I am going to build two of them so that I can lay sacrificial boards on top and have a ply break down station. I can also build specialty tops using plywood and cleats (i.e. infeed or outfeed for ts or planer, tool stands, etc). These things will break down and get stored on a french cleat system.
2. Flip Stand - This is an absolute must, as it will have my planer and miter saw, saving a ton of space with mobility. I got the idea here at LJ (I would have never thought of it), and I will be putting my own spin on the project. It will also incorporate the functionality of the knock-down shop workstations.
3. Shop Vacuum Station - Since I do have a dust deputy, and, since I don’t want to keep dragging everything around, falling over, etc, the vacuum station should come in quite handy. I also want it to pivot with the ts, so I will have a latch for it to connect to the base or something.
4. French Cleat System - This will undergo modifications and additions as I build the shop. I also plan on hanging cabinets from them.
5. Torsion Box Assembly Table - The humidity out here is crazy. I know years will warp any tabletop I throw at it, so I will build a torsion box tabletop with cabinets underneath to house the air compressor and other stuff. I will decide later on dimensions and creature comforts. I may make it the ts outfeed table, but I have to compete with a really unlevel garage floor and I may have issues getting it level with the ts top.
Well, I think tahis would be a good start and add to my workflow and efficiency in the shop, while saving space. I’ll keep looking for other ideas to make best use of my limited space. And, I can’t forget to plan an actual woodworking project outside the shop.
-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson