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cathyb

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 04:00 AM

Hello and welcome to Lumberjocks,

No matter how big your space it is, it will never be big enough! The configuration of the shop will change somewhat with what you’re making.
Over the years, I’ve taken advantage of good heavy duty casters. For example, I have an 8 foot router table that is built on casters and attached to heavy duty table slides attached to the wall. I can slide the router table out from a stowaway position under my wall cabinets. When I’m not using it, I slide it under the the cabinets and gain more floor space. I also use a moveable tool caddy with storage for all my chucks and finish supplies for the lathe with a loose piece of plywood on top. When I need a little extra counter space, I use that caddy. When I’m turning something on the lathe, the plywood sits in the corner until, and caddy is right beside me for easy access to the lathe supplies. Bottom line is make yourself some moveable pieces that can hold equipment or supplies, but also can serve as outfeed tables and extra counter tops.
Next point, if you plan to have a full on shop. Get an electrical panel box big enough to hold every tool you can imagine. Make sure you have some 220 lines and outlets every 4 or 5 feet-you don’t want to be tripping over extension cords. Good lighting is a must. Nothing is superior to natural light.
One thing that I finally made is a stage. I do not have one FLAT area in my entire shop. If I made a table, I never knew for sure if the legs were perfectly level, without carrying it in the house and sitting on the kitchen floor. I finally built a flat stage for that purpose. To avoid making a stage-get a a truly level space somewhere and it can not be used for anything else.
You might want to think about your neighbors. If they’re pretty close, add some sound damping in the way of
insulation to keep them friendly. Furthermore, some tools are just louder than others. Be sure to consider decibels when you purchase big equipment-especially planners.
Dust collection has got to be a priority. Sawdust will take over your shop in no time. Get the best extraction system that you can afford.
One more thing, HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com


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