|Workshop by Douglas||posted 05-31-2011 12:37 AM||2109 reads||5 times favorited||17 comments|
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I realized my shop pictures were out of date. The current set of pictures show my shop configuration since January of this year, and it’s been pretty stable. I have a good workflow now, and since moving the planer to a short cart that rolls under the table saw, and adding a dedicated sanding station to the cart that hangs out long the garage door, I don’t find myself moving and setting things up very much, its already in place. THe only other important addition, after the Roubo bench, has been lots of task lighting. I need some more directly over the table saw/router wing, as well as for the sanding station.
I updated the photos showing my shop with the table saw and planer cart rolled out to the side for “garage mode”. I still have to share the place with a car, but since we sold to full-size van, and replaced it with a little Honda Fit, there’s more room around the edges for tools and tables!
The pics show the improvements I’ve made since the summer: I finally ran dust collection over to the south wall, as well as electrical. Now my jointer, band saw, and drill press can go against that wall, without having to wheel them over to DC or electricity on the north side of the shop. It makes working on them much more efficient. With a dedicated place for my band saw, I find I use it more frequently in places where I would have set up for a table saw cut or a chop saw cut. I also added some more overhead lighting, and retractable arm work light over there as well.
Also, the pics show my wall hanging too cabinet, that I detailed in a project post. It’s also possible to see my as-of-yet unfinished dedicated sharpening cart (between the HF dust collector and my lame workbench).
It really feels like I’ve got good flow and ergonomics. I’m still frustrated by my workbench, but now I’ve finally got things set up to where I can get to that bench build project.
Since I last updated this, about a year ago, I’ve made a lot of improvements. The biggest infrastructure types improvements were:
- I finished fully insulating all the walls and ceiling of the garage last summer. Lucky for me, the garage door was already insulated. After adding a 12k BTU combo heater/a.c window units, the shop is perfect temperature year round. Despite the mild winter, on those few cold days, the heater got the shop up to 60°+ in about 30 minutes.
- With the walls fully insulated, I was able to finish the electrical. I had a dedicated 50amp service panel run into the garage, and was able to run surface mounted circuits for everything, balanced per load, with plenty of room for expansion.
- was able to do dedicated 4” runs for my DC, and added an ambient air cleaner.
What a relief to have all that done. I was then able concentrate on getting the rest of my tools and such situated.
Over the last year, I’ve added a 14” Grizzly band saw, a generic Dayton 6” jointer, a modded HF 2HP dust collector with Wynn canister filter and separator, all built on a nice cart, and a WorkSharp 3000.
I also collected some hand planes, Stanleys #3, #4, #5, #6, & two #7s. I modded an old crappy Buck Brothers #4-ish into a scrub plane, and picked up a few others (a #92 rabbet, #71 router plane, etc).
Finally, after almost 2 years, I’ve gone from a 2×4 & CDX plywood table and circular saw/drill, to this. Setting up a shop is never ending, but for the last 4-6 months, I spend 95% of my shop time doing actual woodworking, rather than trying to figure out “how the hell am going to move everything around to make THAT cut…?”. The workflow is pretty good.
My future goals are:
- add a bench top mortiser, and find a place for it. My bench top drill press doesn’t have a good home either, and I’m thinking of building a combo flip top stand/cart for them both.
- build a REAL bench. The one in the pictures is my 2nd bench; a “weekend” bench from some plans on Fine Woodworking. It is 2 layers 3/4 MDF on a 4×4 frame with long threaded rods. It doesn’t cut it, especially after learning more about what I want/need, and reading all the good sources on workbenches. It’s a fine rough table: it just doesn’t hold work for squat. I’m going to make a split top Roubo out of pine, do a wagon vise and leg vise using the simple single screws (not getting benchcrafted’s awesome but $$$ stuff), and go all runs dog holes.
- refine how and where I store my stuff. I have nice ship cabinets I built, but they’re not used very efficiently or organized well. I had so much room after building them, i just threw everything in. Now I need to sort everything by type (sanding tools & parts, router stuff, etc), make some drawer liners/dividers for the little stuff, and get more efficient on that.
From my first shop post last year (2011):
Here’s pictures of my shop, a 20’x22’ garage. I share the garage with our van, so I need to keep things mobile to scoot out of the middle, but sides/edges are mine. I am in the process of insulating the walls, and eventually the ceiling, so I can keep working in the winter. The east wall still needs insulation, vapor barrier, and OSB. Cleaning up that wall will resulting in reorganizing and making room for a 14” band saw, and the new HF 2HP dust collector that is shipping. The 3/4 HP Rockler DC will be retired, or the motor will be repurposed in a DiY air cleaner. Right now my “air cleaner” is a box fan with a plywood frame that holds 2 1” filters. I also plan on running a little bit of 4” DC piping to reach the various tools: right now I’m just using 4” and 2.5” flex to connect as I go.
Thanks for viewing!
-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com