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#1 posted 01-16-2011 04:53 AM


Thanks for the feedback. I usually make smaller things boxes and crafty type things. I do make some smaller furniture and shop cabinets, but I don’t see myself doing too much. I typically don’t work with lumber or sheet goods > 5-6 feet. If I buy anything bigger than that I tend to break it down at the RAS or if it is sheet goods, I’ll use my circular saw to get it to more manageable pieces.

With the exception of the DP, I think there will be enough room to operate the tools with enough clearance for 90% of the things I do. The RAS and Router table will be the same height so I think those two will have approximately 8 feet of space on the “infeed” sides. I think you are right about the DP, I may move that to where the planer is and make the planer more of a take out as needed tool. I like having most of my tools and if possible, I’d prefer not have to lug them out to use them. My jointer is in a location where I can feed pretty long stock since I have it inline with the door.

Up until now, I haven’t given much consideration to moving tools to the center and back to back. I guess I have always thought that it would make it harder to move longer pieces and sheet stock around the shop. I’ll have to look around and see if I can find some good examples of this. I have also thought about putting my workbench against a wall, but after having access to only one side for a long time, I sometimes find myself wishing I could use both sides. Again, I’ll do some more shop snooping to see if I can find get a better idea on how this may work for me.

I forgot to mention that the “furnace room” really isn’t a room but a small passage way to a different section of the basement that we use for storage. I also have room to store my lumber in this area so all the space in the diagrams can be dedicated to tools, storage and fixtures.

Thanks for you input, you’ve stirred some more thoughts and that is always a good thing. And you are right, it is a lot easier to go through this exercise on paper than for real.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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