|Project by ADHDan||posted 03-03-2014 03:58 PM||3503 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
I finally got my workshop set up more or less the way I want it, semi-permanently. My shop is in a small (11’ x 17’) room in the lower level of my split-entry house. To make the best use of space, I’ve got it set up as follows:
-Workbench/storage cabinet on Rockler pop-down casters. Over the workbench I have pegboard for hand tools, and a shelf with cubby storage for holding sanders, jigsaw, oscillating tool, and biscuit joiner. The shelf and the pegboard are hung with French cleats for easy reconfiguration.
-Harbor Freight dust collector with homemade separator on a rolling cart. The dust line runs down the ceiling to a wye-split, which runs one line to the table saw and planer and another line to all my other benchtop tools (miter saw, oscillating sander, drill press, router table).
-R4512 table saw on a homemade rolling cabinet that also holds my DW734 planer. The stand has storage for blades, jigs, push sticks, and other table saw accessories.
-Three rolling tool carts along the back wall. One is a flip-top cart for my miter saw and bench grinder. Another holds my router table on the top and my air compressor underneath. The third has a lazy susan for my oscillating sander, drill press, and metal vise, with storage for short cut-offs underneath.
-Long lumber storage along the wall opposite the workbench. I used the Rubbermaid shelf system from Home Depot; it’s strong and customizable.
-Plywood storage to the right (looking into the shop) of the three tool carts; additional cutoff/plywood storage in a rolling cart to the left of the three tool carts.
-Short bar and spring clamps over the workbench; a decent collection of long clamps (bar and pipe) at the top of the back wall, over the tool carts.
-Three upper cabinets – one in the back left corner over the tool carts, one along the long wall to the right of the tool carts, and one on the wall adjacent to the lumber rack, next to the entry door. These hold c-clamps and vise grips, additional power tools and hand tools, and hardware and dust collection accessories (respectively).
-Rolling cabinet/assembly cart with storage drawers. This cabinet is the same height as the table saw, and my workbench is just a bit lower, so both of them can be used for outfeed support.
-Rolling cart holds my shop-vac with a Rockler vortex separator in an upper compartment. Just under a cabinet, next to the lumber rack.
-Hooks all over the ceiling for hanging jigs and DC/shop-vac hoses.
-There’s a long metal duct that runs through the shop; I made the most of it by gluing magnets to often-used tools and sticking them to the duct for quick access. I also put magnets on clips and use them to hang plans, so I can see them at-a-glance from anywhere in the shop.
I think that covers everything, but if I think of anything I omitted I’ll post more.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.