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#1 posted 03-27-2017 03:35 PM

As Jim mentioned breaking down sheet goods before they get to the shop works well and helps save space. My first two basement shops did not have bilco doors for access and both had obstructions that prevented me from getting sheet goods there is full 4×8 sizes. I routinely set up in the driveway to break them down into more manageable sizes to get into my shop.

If your chop saw has a laser it is likely on the left side of the blade. When you make your cross cuts on this saw the finished parts typically come off the left side. Consider moving the chop saw down in your drawing to allow more room on the right of the blade for the remaining stock. Assuming most of your stock starts as 12’, the closer you can get to having 12’ to the right of the saw the more flexibility you will have for cross cuts. Also don’t underestimate the amount of dust generated by a miter saw and try to build in some dust collection of you can.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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