|Workshop by helluvawreck||posted 08-05-2010 07:49 PM||6719 reads||11 times favorited||87 comments|
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I have finally gotten around to updating my workshop page. Thanks for looking.
The first two pictures are just an exterior view of the shop building. The shop is 30×30 with 10 ft. ceilings. The walls are 6 inch studs and fully insulated with sheetrock on the interior and hardie exterior siding. There is an attic over the ceiling and the shop has a heat pump and air conditioning. It seems to be very economical so far and I keep the shop 60 degrees in winter and 80 degrees in the summer. There is also a ventilation fan to help cool the shop in spring and fall. The electrical service is 230 V, 1 PH, and 200 A and is separate from the house service. The old red shed is 15×24 and will be a convenient place to store a little lumber as well as a few other things.
If I had it to do over again I would have made the shop 35×35. I’m not sure where I would have gotten the money because 30×30 was what I thought I could afford.
The picture above is a view looking towards the southeast corner of the shop after entering the front door next to the electrical service. The service is 230V 1PH 200 AMP and separate from the house service.
In the picture above is a view looking towards the southwest corner of the shop.
In the view above you can see the northeast corner where the front door and electrical service is. The outfeed table for the Sawstop saw is seen in the foreground. The table has storage for saw blades and my large crosscut sled. The Powermatic table saw is at right angles to the Sawstop. I use the Sawstop for ripping and the Powermatic for crosscutting and all sorts of sled and jig work. The outfeed table is on rollers for sweeping and clean up and can double as another worktable.
The picture above is facing towards the northeast corner. You can see the main tool box and the only wide door in the shop. It is 9 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide. It rolls up instead of riding up on guide rails and saves overhead space. Above the left side of the large door is a drop down ladder that provides access to an attic storage space above. Near the lumber rack can be seen a large router table on rollers and in the foreground you can see the 20 in planer.
Above is a view of the western wall and below is a view of the eastern wall. To the left of the clamp racks is a Jet spindle sander and in between the two clamp racks is a Powermatic belt/disc sander.
A large combination plywood and lumber rack is seen in the distance.
In the picture above is a view of the southern wall and below is a view of the northern wall. Along the southern wall can be seen the Powermatic lathe, the Delta drill press, and the Powermatic mortising machine. The other tooling cabinets that I spoke of previously are also along this wall as well as a Jet bandsaw (behind the dust collector).
From these various pictures you should be able to mentally construct a picture of how the overall shop is laid out. I’ll try to put up a drawing of the layout soon.
In the view above I am standing in the northwest corner looking along the western wall towards the southeast corner. My back is facing the front door. I built the two hanging tool cabinets for my main manual woodworking tools. They are both 36 in. x 36 in. x 13 in. deep. The two doors on each cabinet are about 2-1/2 in. deep in order to hold tools. With all of the tools they hold they are both quite heavy and are hung with French cleats top and bottom. The cleats are mounted to the studs in the wall with larges heavy duty screws that are designed for such a load. In addition there are six other screws which are fastened thru the backs into the studs. They should be over engineered which I have a tendency to do sometimes. Beyond the cabinet bench is the Powermatic 5 HP shaper and beyond the shaper is the Jet 18 in. band saw. The spindle sander and belt/disc sander can be seen to the right near the corner.
In the picture above you can see a drawer storage cabinet that I built years ago for my old shop. If you look closely you can see that it was built in 2 stages at different times. A rack for my 24 in. bar clamps is near the floor to the right of the only main window in the shop. There are four transom windows which you can see near the ceiling in some of the pictures. I have never in my life had enough wall space in a shop. I’m not sure that that window would be there if I had it to do over again. Once again, I wish the shop was 35 ft. x 35 ft.
Along the wall in the above picture you can see two work tables with a set of drawers and a door cabinet in each. These are 24 in. wide, 72 in. long and 34 in. tall with 1-1/2 in. laminated plywood tops. Their fronts face the front of my work table. There is 18 in. of space between the tool cabinets and the top of these work tables. They are also on rollers so that I can easily clean up behind the cabinets when necessary. I had both of these in my previous small shop. Most of the work was done on these in my driveway because the old shop was so small. There is a small cart for my air compressor under the middle space of the right worktable.
In the Craftsman tool cabinet just beyond the two worktables I keep all of my carving chisels, gouges, and knives. I have four of these cabinets and they are the most efficient way that I thought of to store all sorts of tools and tooling. They are very heavy duty and I paid about 50% off normal price. I could not have come close to building them for what I paid for them.
To the right of these windows I will mount either a piece of plywood or just use perforated board so that I can hang all sorts of miscellaneous items.
There is ample floor space between the two work tables along the wall and my cabinet makers bench. The bench has ample drawer space nearby and is also close to the two tool cabinets.
Just behind my workbench and parallel to it is my assembly table. The top is 34 in. x 74 in. and has plenty of drawer storage in the two pedestals and there are shelves in the back of the table. I plan on making another top for this that will extend the table top to 38 in. x 80 in. so that I could conveniently glue up a good size wall unit section if need be.
The assembly table is also on heavy duty rollers so that it can be moved if necessary. I can easily move the small drill press when it is necessary.
I plan on storing mostly jigs and fixtures in these heavy metal shelves in the picture below. These are 24 in. x 36 in. x 84 in. tall. Next to the shelves are some small clamps in bin boxes. All of the small machines in front of the rollup door are on rollers except for the scroll saw. Bringing lumber in is not much trouble. I usually don’t have to move but a couple of machines when I use the rollup door. Hey, if I had it to do over again I would have built the shop 35 ft x 35 ft.
This tool cabinet still has some room left in it.
The two interior swing out doors provide a little more space and these can be also added to the second cabinet.
With all of the other drawers that I have these two tool cabinets should be more than adequate for me.
I have a few more pictures showing some of the things that I have spoken of in a more detailed way. I will put these up and finish this page tomorrow. It is so difficult for me to scrape up the necessary time to do this sort of thing properly. When I am inclined to work on something like this I need to do it else it just won’t get done. I will try to correct some mistakes and put up a few more detailed pictures tomorrow but for the most part I believe that you will get an idea of my shop. Pictures are so valuable in regard to this sort of thing. Thanks for looking at my shop.
Left pic: small clamp storage in bins———Right pic: small machines on carts
Left pic: tool cart——————————————- Right pic: miter saw station
Left pic: Powermatic joiner————————- Right pic: tool cart under each table saw
Left pic: Lumber rack————————————Right pic: Powermatic 20” planer
Left pic: spindle sander and belt sander———- Right pic: Powermatic shaper
Left pic: Powermatic lathe———————————Right pic: router table
Left: delta drill press——Mid: PM morticer——Right: Jet bandsaw
helluvawreck aka Charles
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