Sqeezing more shop into small space continues #2.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-31-2009 06:56 PM 1202 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the clamp storage rack / shelf upgrade is done. My pipe clamps are no longer just leaning against the existing rack, and my PPE now has a proper place to live. I have lots of space for “extra” PPE for friends and family that might happen into the shop as well.

I look, and take in the fruit of my labor, and then I look at the rest of my messy shop…

How to make this mess more manageable, and easier to work with?

Well starting with the easier to work with… My table saw as those that have visited my website description in my profile knows, is a Ryobi BT3100-1. I have it outfitted with not quite, but nearly all of the options that were available on that saw. Including a full set of extended rails. While this increases my right rip capacity to an insane 72” (that’s 6 feet guys and gals!) it also leaves a LOT of dead empty space with no support for a workpiece. So a wing insert is in order.

My table saw extension wing in progress.

After a bad measurement or two I have gotten the table top set up. It’s two layers of 3/4” SYP Sanded ply, with a 3/4” x 3/4” rabbet on 3 sides to fit the brackets and the lip of the accessory table. The brackets were installed, and I find a 1/4” gap between the brackets and the mount of the flange. Which is why the photo the top leans heavily toward the outside, the inside is the only part bolted down. I am temporarily using a stack of washers to make up the space…

A quick look around my shop with calipers in hand found that the hardboard I have is 3/16” and not 1/4” so that’s no good… But there was a funny offcut from ripping a 2×4 a while back sitting behind the bandsaw.. Caliper comes out, and .251”. Close enough for me! Clamp down a stop block on the CMS, and cut off 4 of these cutoffs so they are 1.5” x 1.5” x .251”. Now I need to line up center on my drill press. set the fence and stop block and punch 3/8” holes in these things.

Once the shim arrangement is done the whole thing gets disassembled, sanded, and given at least 2 coats of poly before final assembly.

The space underneath will be put to use as well housing those totes you see in the photo. Until I can get LOML to get her unrelated stuff out of the workshop (A.K.A. the garage) I am going to shove as much of it under the table saw as I can…

On the wall where the clamp racks are, I have more projects going on as well. My router bit cabinets that are wall hanging side x side will be mounted one atop the other next to the rack tighter in.
Existing mouting configuration of my router bit cabinets.

Stuff the 39 drawer small parts cabinets next to that, then move down closer to the garage door, which will get a 2×10 screwed horizontally to the studs, and hangers for all my lawn & garden tools will go there, the weed eater, the edger, the leaf blower, shovels, rakes, etc… Somewhere in here needs to be a way to wall hang the push broom, and the dust broom and dust pan.

And of course above all that will have to be another shelf, using the same type of brackets, but most likely 8’ or longer, and 18” deep. I am going to try to get as much of the junk off those plastic shelves on the opposite wall off so that I can get them out, and move my big stuff over there…

I hope you guys and gals don’t mind my posting these dumb entries about me trying to figure out my shop organization, but I am hoping to be a help idea wise to at least SOMEBODY out there… And it does help me to think things through as I write these… I’d post more on wooden toy and furniture projects, but in all honesty, until I can find my tools, it’s hard to get any projects other than shop organizing done you know?

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 12:15 AM

There is never enough room in any shop that I have been in. My shop is smaller that your garage shop by about half. I know if I had more room I would still want more room so I’m making due like you are.

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 01:36 AM

Well, I am enjoying the process for sure. In a weird way… Not sure how big your shop is. I did look at it and taking a wild guess at it, 16’x20? My garage measures 18×20 with a 2.5’ x 5.5’ “bump out” in the right rear corner where the DC sits. So it’s not a lot more space, and I have way more non woodworking junk in mine. Not saying you don’t have. I saw the bike collection back there!. There is a LOT of stuff in mine, and it needs to be organized. I am sick and tired of tripping on everything…

For what it’s worth, I moved the router bit cases, and one of the 39 drawer bins tonight when I got home. I also added a First Alert commercial extinguisher between the clamp rack and the router bit cases. I need to pull down the 2.5” DC tubing since it’s not doing any good anyway. (Too many 90 degree bends, too small diameter tube and a planer at the end of the circuit. DUMB idea!).

I snagged a half dozen more of those closet shelf brackets as well. So amazingly enough, I am making forward progress on cleaning and organizing my workshop. This is NOT something I figured would happen without a federal disaster declaration…

Photos of the progress are forthcoming as soon as the 2nd storage box is installed and stuff is moved over. I am not sure, but I think I will mount the multi drawer boxes a bit lower than I have the one, so I can put a small piece of peg board just above it to hold measuring and marking tools… Have not decided yet.

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 05:24 AM

Organizing is key no matter what size shop you have

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 05:51 AM

You bet it is, but after looking at your shop, I bet all that space is a little easier to deal with. Talk about VERTICAL space! Amazing! BTW. Some gorgeous country you live in over there… I grew up just north of you in Beaver country. (My first apartment was in a converted fraternity house)... I hear you are getting some wicked heat up there right now…

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