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Posted on HELP - Im running out of room in the workshop

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 11:00 AM

My shop is small as well but it CAN BE DONE!

Look around your shop. What is there that is not necessary? Is it time for a yard sale? Start by eliminating as much as possible. Then get organized. Create a specific space for everything. Finishing supplies in this cabinet, hand tools in this tool box and on the pegboard, lumber here… Dadoo’s lumber storage is one of the best I’ve seen!

Look up. What about all that empty space above your head? Could lumber go between the rafters? What about a shelf up there for stuff you rarely use but need on hand?

Look down. Is there empty space under stationary tools that could be built into a cabinet? What about the space under your drill floor model drill press table? How about under the wings of your table saw? Is the stuff under your bench organized or a jumbled mess?

Group tools together as efficiently as possible. For most people a drill press can go in the corner. I raised my table saw up about three inches so the jointer could snuggle up under one wing. The bandsaw can go up against the wall and it usually had a high table. So putting other tools such as sanders, grinders, sharpeners, (even your lathe) etc. right next to it or even in front of it will not interfere. You have a “portable” planer? Put it on wheels and move it out of the way when you are not using it (usually it is only for the beginning of the project). I put my planer on a rolling base that was low enough to allow it to fit under the other wing of my table saw.

-- Happy woodworking!

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