Getting the shop in order

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Project by Gator posted 12-24-2010 10:16 PM 5338 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately I have been moving one thing in order to get to another, and just got tired of all the “clutter” so I started surfing pictures of everyone’s work shops looking for ideas on how to get the most out of the area in my shop. My shop is 16’ x 24’ and seems a lot smaller somedays. I wanted to incorporate a bench for my mortiser & miter saw so searched a lot of benches, and saw a lot of great ideas. We have a lot of talented members here. I had them on rolling stands, but was always moving around them.
I really liked what Tom (ND2ELK) did in his shop, so I borrowed ( “stole” ) his design .. Thanks Tom..
I wanted to incorporate the mortiser & miter saw, so it is a bit different ( helps me sleep at night ) and the mortiser is over 100 lbs so I needed to really beef up this section. The drawers were an after thought ( a result of design on the fly ) but turned out not to bad considering I had never built any that required slides before. The frame of the bench is 2×4 bolted to the wall studs with steel angle brackets for support & 3/4” birch ply on top, and for the drawer case I used some 3/4 oak ply I had left over. 1/2” birch ply for the bottoms and false fronts. I used 1/8” hard board on top of the bench and poplar trim to save the edges. I picked up some Watco cherry danish oil for another project so I tried it out to see how it looks. My wife says it has a pretty pink tone to it.. Thanks for that .. Hello.. Man cave !!!
My wood rack is on the left side of the bench so board’s can slide right from the rack onto the bench, and I have lots of room to take a couple inches off the end of a 10’ board. The saw & mortiser tables are two different levels, so it was a task to get it level all the way across. I am still thinking about making the left end of the bench a sanding station as I left it open underneath to run a vacum port and box. I ran the piping from the shop vac along the wall and picked up a couple flexible hoses from Lee Valley that take care of the dust. I still need to improve on the miter saw collection, but it gets most of it, and the flex hose on the left of the mortiser pulls down and works great for chip removal, then just put it back up out of the way.
With the addition of the new table saw I had to build a new sled, so this was a quick build so I could stop trying to use my miter gauges as a sled. It is 3/4” baltic birch with a maple strip on one end, and two poplar boards on the front & a piece of 2”x6” for a push block. Test cut was dead square – one in a row ..!!

It is amazing how much extra room I seem to have already with just this small change. With the extra material I had on hand, total out of pocket for both projects was approx. $100.00, so that was an extra bonus.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 10:40 PM

Great idea Gator well done your idea just solved my problem as well.

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 10:54 PM

Very Nice

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 11:10 PM

Nice job! It’s always fun and educational to see how people solve problems.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 11:55 PM

Nice makeover of your shop. it really makes working more enjoyable in an organized area. I get as much enjoyment when I come up with an improvement for my shop as I do when building a piece of furniture.

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 12:07 AM

I am all about a nice organized well done shop…. I most definitely like! Good stuff Gator!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 12:50 AM

Those damn neat freeks….....looks great!

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 03:24 AM

Well thought out. Looks like you’ve now already taken the first few steps of organization that would have otherwise been necessary with future projects. Gotta like thinkin’ ahead. Merry Christmas!

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 06:38 AM

Hey Gator,
Nice designed systems and muli-functional…good job.

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 01:03 PM

That would help me sleep better at night too. Looks great, functional and solved some problems. What’s not to love? Great job and thanks for posting

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 12-25-2010 08:21 PM

Looks very impressive, really like the work station You laid out and along with that sharp looking sled You have got Your cross cutting duties under control now I am sure ! And yes with a little think’n and some organizing, it’s amazing what a difference it can do for freed up space in a shop. Nice work indeed !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#11 posted 01-01-2011 06:17 PM

Nice job.

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#12 posted 01-05-2011 02:32 AM

One of these days I will reclaim my garage. As it is, too much non-shop related stuff is stored there and leaves me very little wall space.

Nice job—looks nice and clean.

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#13 posted 02-09-2011 02:23 AM

Very nice

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#14 posted 02-10-2011 12:02 AM

nice set-up

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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