It’s almost warm again here in Ohio. I spent the winter thinking about how to make my shop more productive. While the snow flew and my tools were safely covered in WD40 I spent a lot of time surfing the web, looking at others’ shops, and playing around in Sketchup.
After a while I started to notice a few of the tricks that well-laid-out shops use to be more efficient. So, I downloaded a few tool models from 3D-warehouse and took a stab at it myself. I ended up with this:
I’m lucky enough to have a lot of floor space in the garage but it isn’t that deep. I still need to fit the family cars inside, too. That made me put the table saw in a different spot than I’d prefer. But, it’s close to the jointer and there’s still enough room for 8+ feet of infeed/outfeed (or, reluctantly, a minivan).
Here’s another rendering that shows the steps I’d use to S4S raw lumber with arrows for infeed/outfeed directions (By the way, I used Indigo’s renderer and it’s a great addition to Sketchup. It has a free demo mode).
- Cut to rough length at the miter saw
- Joint the first face (and, if needed, re-saw to rough thickness on the band saw in 2a)
- Plane the other face parallel
- Joint one edge
- Rip to final width (& clean up on jointer if needed)
Dust collection isn’t shown to avoid cluttering things up but there’s room for it. I want to get the tool layout finalized first. A car will barely fit between the workbench and the band saw but not in front of the workbench – the garage is too shallow.
Let me know what you guys would add, change, or delete. I’ll play around and post updates as we go. Links & photos of your favorite shops would be much appreciated!
Now, I’m off to the garage to start cleaning off the WD40 and making some sawdust…
-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright