Elvenwwod Designs #1: Beginning in the middle

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Blog entry by drpdrp posted 02-18-2014 01:39 PM 1119 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my third shop setup. The first was a full one car garage used for “garage stuff” that I had to evolve into a place for woodwork. I was also just starting out, knew nothing, and was making it up as a I went. A lot of my ideas didn’t pan out. The second was an actual garage that was only half used for “garage stuff” and I knew some things about what I wanted and needed as I set it up- but life happens and before I even unpacked I moved to another one car garage. This time it was mostly empty and I had a bit of experience under my belt. I used this bounty of wisdom (which is to say I knew enough that I was pretty sure I didn’t know anything) to make only half of the same mistakes again. I can be a slow learner.

I’ve decided to get serious about my workflow and the general utility of the shop. This, will be the story about that.

So, third shop. One car garage with an annex of sorts that is the laundry area. I encroach here aggressively, but since I sometimes want to wear clean clothes I need to restrain myself. I sort of view this as my fail-over area.

Dimensions are 10’ wide by 17’ long with the annex (which is up one step) continuing another 7’ lengthwise. The door to the house is in the annex and the roll-up garage door is opposite the annex.

I posted in the forums a couple of weeks ago about some frustrations with getting the most out of the space. I got some great feedback and made a few changes I am really happy with. I promised to post pictures, but of course I wanted to clean first and, obviously, that never happened so… So now I will show pictures of it messy and a map of its current layout. I will talk about the problems and update with pictures and changes to the layout. Maybe I will even learn a thing or two along the way.

Here is a link to pictures of the current shop mess and a layout diagram of where things are currently:

That diagram looks more open than things really are I think. Some scale- I bang into the trashcan (or the crap sitting on top of it) when I go into that nook to use the tablesaw or bandsaw.

Right, so, problems on my mind right now.

I can’t easily access the air compressor.
Wood storage is horrible. Something must be done.
What the hell do people do to make shop vac storage not suck?? I’ve never seen one where the hose isn’t just in the way of everything all the time.
The 4 drawer file cabinet should be against a wall- I just can’t get to any wall. I am thinking I could get it in next to the 2×2 workbench by scooting everything towards the roll-up door, but I am not sure I like this answer.
My intention is to remove the table that the router and bandsaw sit on and replace it with the 20”x42” table. The current router/bandsaw table is jut a piece of wood on some rubbermaid tubs. I’d like to move those up into the house storage mess by the washer dryer. Those tubs are heavy though and I want to know this is a solid plan before I deal with it.
There is an outlet behind the washer dryer and one above the credenza. That is it so I’ve got extension cords and do a lot of plugging/unplugging.

Other notes:
There are french cleats on both walls- but I find the ones over the workbench are slightly hassleful to each. Combination of the 2’ depth and the height I guess.
My sharpening station is on top of the 3 drawer cabinet.
Misc. hardware and jigs are on top of the cabinet.

Okay, that is all for now.

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 02:02 PM

Well, you were right about one thing, it is a mess. You need to get rid of all the misc. clutter that your not using/needing, then start planning.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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