Shop Stuff. #3: Now what?

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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 02-06-2010 08:40 AM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Got TS, Now for the rest Part 3 of Shop Stuff. series Part 4: Getting Started (Finally) »

I got the Table saw home and set it up. Everything looks good and dead-on. I’m looking around my garage a bit overwhelmed at where to start. You see, I decided a while back that when i got a saw I could really use that it would be time to set my space up as best I could. The makeshift tool stands and built-in workbench that came with the house has to go. No real storage and the bench is so far from level that anything round tries to roll off the front.

So I have spent all the last week spending evenings hunched over my sketch pad at the kitchen table or at my laptop hunting for ideas. Thanks to all who are about to plagarized! :) Seriously though, the work done before me and posted here is invaluable. A little here mixed with a little of that idea and so on and so forth and my space will come together. I’ve drwn up a mobile workbench/outfeed table, tool and supplies storage, router table and storage for benchtop tools (when not in use) and cart/stand for them when I need them.

My space is limited. I share a two-car garage with my wife SUV. I find I’ve quickly run out of room to work. I can pull her car out to work butwith the colder (for us) weather lately, I have firewood staked in there to keep it dry. We’ll use it up soon but I still have to share. So, I’m designing everything but the table saw to be mobile in theory. I ‘d like to find an arrangement that can stay the same but that’s never been the case for me bacause I like to tackle different types of projects. What works for making bowls isn’t very efficient for a full-size entertainment center or game board or armoire or …....

Everything is still in design phase right now but I am ready to start on the router table and/or workbench. I decided those two needed top priority as they’ll get the most use right away. So, if anyone’s interested, I’ll post progress on my ‘makeover’ as I go. It’ll be interseting to me att least to see how much I can improve on what I have and what the ‘finished’ (h-ha-ha-ha!) product will look like.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 11:39 AM

I to have a smaller shop area to work in and the key is to keep it mobile, organized, neat, clean and use every inch of space you have. Just finished my catch table/assembly table/ storage unit and am very pleased with how it turned out. I have been working on my shop now for over a year and a half and am still not done. Been working on it between other projects and as money will allow. Looking forward to your progress and keep the pictures coming. Before you know it, the shop all starts to come tegether.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 11:40 AM

well the first thing to make is a wood store andthe second thing is a car port for the wifes SUV then the problem is solved

we need pictures also LOL….


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Dennis Fletcher

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 03:36 PM

Yes, pictures are great.

My space is very small, as well. Even my table saw is mobile.

I am considering making over all of my workspace to become carts on wheels. I think that would make it quicker to roll everything out.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 03:36 PM

Good luck Robert! I am pretty much in the same boat as you as far as trying to squeeze a shop out of a garage. Like Tom mentioned earlier… I’m going to keep everything mobile and organized (well at least that is the game plan….lol)

Keep us informed on how it is coming along. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 06:49 PM

I had a small shop at one time. My advice to anyone with a small shop is – ShopSmith. I never recommend it as a table saw. In my opinion you should have a separate stand alone TS. I also never recommend it to someone who has lots of room. The ShopSmith (with some accessories) can be your drill press, lathe, belt sander, band saw, jointer, strip sander and several other tools. I use it as an overhead router – very handy.

A used ShopSmith is usually pretty easy to buy. I recommend the 510 or 520 version. In my opinion, a TS, ShopSmith, Thickness Planner and Miter saw is all you need to have a pretty decent shop.

Used Shopsmiths (and accessories) are pretty easy to buy on the internet (Craig’s list or ebay).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 07:46 PM

Any thing that can be stored elsewhere should be relocated. I would make a small cover for your firewood and put it outside

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 08:05 PM

Good point Jim made on storing things else where. I store my lumdber in my unfinished basement and I have a metal shed outside the back door of my shop to store off fall pieces and jigs in.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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