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#1 posted 07-12-2013 06:34 PM

Mike – all your points are well-taken, and were it not for a few omissions on my end they’d be dead-on right.

First, the shop actually is a bit more crowded than it appears in my drawing, once you factor in my poorly-scaled rectangles as well as some things I didn’t include (like a rolling cabinet/outfeed table, plywood storage, and other miscellanea). This means I need to keep things placed as efficiently as possible, and there really isn’t room in the shop center for the DC. Plus, with a shop this small I need to keep things against walls as much as I can because otherwise there’s not much room to move. But on the other hand, the small shop size means that the DC doesn’t have to run more than 12’ from that corner to hit each of the bench tools, with maybe a few feet of 2.5” hoses running off the wye-fittings to the tool ports. So it actually isn’t a long-running line.

That said, you make a very good point about distance, and so instead of running a line to my TS and jointer from the END of the wall-mounted line, perhaps I should put a 4” splitter right at the DC and just run flex tubing to the TS and the planer from there, rather than from the end of the wall line. Does this make sense?

Second, I do have a few crosscut sleds but I actually use my miter saw a lot – especially since we just moved into a house that needs some work, and I’m going to be using it for things like trim and crown molding. I used to do more fine woodworking, but with the new house I expect to be doing a lot more rough and finish carpentry – and for that, I think the miter saw will be more efficient than the table saw.

But again, the things you said are 100% true. I just didn’t give out full context :-).

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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