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Shop Update #3: New Shop Layout - Advice Needed

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Blog entry by Dave posted 478 days ago 1459 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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).

  1. Cut to rough length at the miter saw
  2. Joint the first face (and, if needed, re-saw to rough thickness on the band saw in 2a)
  3. Plane the other face parallel
  4. Joint one edge
  5. 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



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 478 days ago

Have read a bunch on layout, and I am sure you will get info from some of the productive LJ’s. :)

Is the floor concrete? Shipwright actually put his dust collection into the floor. Do you plan on doing case goods in production? Out-feed and in-feed for the table/cabinet saw.

My shop is narrow so I am putting every piece of equipment on heavy dollies. Might be a solution when having to share with automobiles?

You may find your band saw the most used tool or your table saw, which may determine your work style? Also what tools might be first and last in doing production?

I built a workbench matched to the height of my old saw. My new cabinet saw has different height. Will be rethinking and trying to improve efficiency there. LOL

Have fun!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 478 days ago

Just saw in your other blog that you have dollies on the equipment. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Dave

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#3 posted 477 days ago

Yep, I can roll everything out of the way – it’s all on mobile bases – and I’m trying to find a layout that still lets me squeeze my car in when they’re deployed so I don’t have much setup time. The floor is concrete so if I ever find a permanent home for things I can do under-floor DC.

The table saw is my most-used tool, which is why I may still want to move it closer to the workbench. I like having it closer to the jointer, though.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 476 days ago

Sure is quiet. It’s a bummer when somebody posts a cool shop video right after you ask for advice, lol.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 476 days ago

Sometimes nothing happens?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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