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Posted on Please help me with my 14X18 shop

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 04:23 PM

Since you weren’t kind enough to post up a workshop profile to give us a clue what you are dealing with, my only answer to you is, organize it.

I can throw some generalities out there that may help you though…

For starters, be grateful for what you have. 14×18 is MUCH larger than the shops a lot of guys have. There are more than a few folks on here that are working out of 8×10, and 10×12 sheds… What you have must seem cavernous to them…

Unless you are filthy rich, life outside of any HOA, and or are just flat lucky enough to have a spare large building on your property, chances are, as a woodworker, you are trying to eke shop layout and storage out of every cubic inch of shop you have. And probably have a little spillover into other areas of your home / property… So take a gander at the suggestions below and see if any of them help…

#1. Do you have any tools on steel legs? Convert the open space on the legs to storage by boxing it in, or replace the legs with a cabinet to house all the accessories for the tool. #2. Do you have a stand alone router table? Lose it. Replace it with a router table in a table saw extension wing, either shop built, or commercially produced… #3. Got everything neatly organized across the wall on peg board? Don’t do that! Instead build storage cabinets such as clam shell cabinets with peg boards on them. That way you multiply your peg board storage space while utilizing a small fraction of the wall space you had been. #4. Use space under things like table saw extensions for roll away cabinets, or other tools. Mine has a shop vac and a 20 gallon Thien cyclone separator under there… #5. Those plastic multi drawer bins sold at office stores and Walmart etc… make great separators / organizers for sandpaper and similar materials. #6. Build some sort of stacking system for your bench top power tools, unless your back just can’t take it. If you want to know what I am talking about, look at the Best Home Workshop Ideas 2011 for one take on it, or look at my shop for another. I went the simple route, Wood Magazine’s version is prettier, and doesn’t occupy wall space. Take your pick. #7. Take some time and review the workshops posted here. There are a TON of great ideas that the guys and gals here have posted up for saving space… #8. Opt for smaller versions of tools that you can afford to go smaller on. A bench top jointer takes up far less space than a floor model. But you sacrifice bed length and mass. A small 9” bench top band saw likewise takes less space than a floor model 14” or so on… You get the idea… #9. Learn to use Google Sketchup, and lay out your shop space in 3D before you give yourself a hernia…

For what it’s worth, probably your best resource for ideas is just to spend some quality time perusing the shop tours here. There are a ton of excellent shops, just dripping with good ideas, and some with not so good ideas… It can be very inspirational to see how somebody else solved a similar problem to what you are dealing with…

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