Shop Organization #11: New Shop Layout with Photos

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 11-17-2009 07:01 AM 9583 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Workbench Cabinet Finished! Part 11 of Shop Organization series Part 12: Workbench Upgrades »

Old Pics
I was not getting anywhere with my prior shop setup in which I had moved the workbench in front of the doors.

d This did enable me to walk around the workbench, but blocked the door. The saw was set up in the middle of the room at a diagonal to allow for longer cuts. Trash and junk from projects had reached critical mass.

So I pulled a bunch of the equipment out onto the porch,

New Pics
I pushed stuff around for a few hours and ingested a cup or so of dust while I swept. Here are the results:

The table saw is now up against the wall with the jointer out in the middle of the shop. The dust collector has a dedicated run to the saw. I can switch either the jointer or the planer off the dust collector. The Planer is on its rolling flip cart. I will roll it out for use. The lumber rack is chock full of recycled douglas fir shorts for a future cabinet project. Previously the jointer was wedged under the lumber rack where I would hit my head.
Close up on dust collector and planer cart:

To the right of the saw I moved my plywood and door projects:

The Air Handler is on a remote. I use a laundry hamper for some short pieces.

Turning to the East wall:

I moved my metal tool chest. I plan to set up a better miter station at some point as well as a router table in lieu of my WorkMate solution. I have to roll the little vacuum out of the way to get a ladder up to the loft. The cabinet on the left contains finish. The cabinets on the right contain various powertools and my stereo. The loft is chock full of junk.

Turning to the South East Corner:

I moved the workbench back near the windows and rehung my basic tool panel. I will be adding dog holes and a plane stop soon.

Finishing the short tour:

The disc and belt sander, drill press, and bandsaw. Now all of my big tools are close to the dust collector, all smaller tools will run off of the Festool Vac.

Let me know your thoughts.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 07:07 AM

Wow great job situating a lot in a limited space, nice TS, but the wood rack is looking like it wants to fall and take out you nice saw.


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#2 posted 11-17-2009 07:12 AM

A whole lot of shakin going on. upgrades every where. Looking good.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 07:16 AM

Whittle: It is WAY overflowing. I have nightmares about it. I have big plans to burn or use those shorts ASAP. Thanks for reading.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 08:06 AM

You have a wonderful collection of tools. The arrangement looks good. I really like your workbench.

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 08:55 AM

Looks like a good bit of work that will have a big payoff.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 08:55 AM

Lots o work Huh Giz, I NEED to do the same & as always it’s never right. We all have the same policy “never throw anything away”. My dilemma is 2 fold, a classic car that I cant bear to have in the rain here in Seattle and the shop isn’t heated. So it’s always crowded & cold too. I have to keep my cast tops waxed to keep from rusting, It’s wet up here!!!

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 01:35 PM

This looks pretty good, Giz. At times we simply need to re-arrange the shop to improve its efficiency. The table saw set-up would be problematic for me if I were to work in there. It looks like you will have difficulty in cutting long boards and sheet goods on it without moving the tools in front of and behind the saw first. What do you do for outfeed/infeed support?

But I like the straight runs from the dust collector to the tools. To me this makes the collectors more efficient. And it looks like you have a good workflow between your tools with this set-up.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 01:40 PM

Nice work on the shop organization.

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 04:34 PM

Good job on your reorganization. Time to make more saw dust.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 02:59 AM

Alot has changed since you did your video tour as part of the Wood Whisperer video challenge. (Yours was one of my favorites).

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 04:05 AM

I understand critical mass all to well! I just filled up a 15 yard dumpster with offcuts salvaged from work and clearing out other peoples shops worth of “well, burn it if you don’t need it” stuff… and as of this weekend I see We really should have got the 20 or 30 yard dumpster. as my new shop went from usable in our first night in the new place to something akin to your before pic! Hoping for nice weather Saturday morning so I can fill up the driveway and get working on my own organization (and insulation) solutions.

Looking much better on your end!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 07:27 AM

Thanks for all of the comments. I have been able to get out and work twice this week!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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