|Workshop by jscabinetmaker||posted 02-20-2009 10:43 PM||836 reads||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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My shop is located on a 42 acre former apple orchard in upstate NY, just a short walk from my house. The space was originally used to grow gourmet mushrooms. In the time between the mushrooms and the present sawdust, the space was used as a storage area, and, at over 3800sq/ft it fit a lot of junk. There are still remnants of the junk, but hopefully this year will be the year that I get it all under control and moved out!
The space dictated the planning and positioning of the shop because, at 30’ wide and 129’long, there was pretty much only one way to do it. The flow this creates is actually very nice and works well for me. Raw materials come though the southern door and are stored in the first room. The machine area is next, and the layout moves the material pretty smoothly to the bench area, which houses the work and assembly benches, clamps, hand tools, hardware, etc. The project moves from assembly to the finishing area were I spray (mainly water based), and hand apply whatever finish is called for. Although this area is not yet closed off from the rest of the shop the machine area is far enough away, and the dust collection is sufficient enough, that I don’t have any problems with dust in my finishes. That being said, I do have plans to isolate the spray area from the rest of the shop. From the finishing area it’s out there northern door for delivery.
The stationary machines are as follows:
Grizzly: Table Saw Jointer Planer Dust Collector Lathe
Delta Drill Press
Rikon Bank Saw
Hitachi Miter Saw
Hitachi Router in Table
That about sums it up except for one thing. My shop is pretty large for a one man operation, however, I share the same problem as my friend who works out of a 400sq/ft shop down the road: without organization every day will be wasted with inefficiency. If he is not organized he will be tripping over himself all day and if I am not organized I will be walking for miles.
All the best and have fun,
P.S. Sorry for the video quality as I am in need of a new camera!