Shop Shifting #2: Sometimes small changes make a big difference.

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-01-2013 08:47 PM 1544 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Evolving shop needs create projects Part 2 of Shop Shifting series Part 3: Move a cabinet - so more can take its place »

This entry is about tweaking the floor plan. My shop is a nice size, but I kept feeling that the open spaces were out of whack.

The issue centered on the table saw. It is a major element in a shop of my size.

I ended up compromised for cutting wide stock – the bandsaw was in the way. Also, I lacked space to store my tall fence. My ShopSmith was in the corner with barely any room to work with it.

The saw was as close to the sink as I could get it. but I was always feeling a little crowded between the outfeed table and my bench.

The mental block for me was the sink. I really like having a sink in my shop (and so does my wife!), but it was limiting the placement of the saw. It needed to be further away from my workbench and ShopSmith.

The solution was to put the saw in front of the sink. I must have spent months talking myself into this move – mainly because I had to re-route some dust collection.

Now the saw can handle wide stock without hitting the bandsaw, the ShopSmith can be pulled out and easily put to use and the tall fence can be set beside the bandsaw. The trade-off is I have to reach a bit to use the sink, but I was able to find a placement that still allows reasonable use of the sink.

Now I also have space at my workbench.

That is all for this step. It was a small change, but it made a big difference!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 09:13 PM

It’s always good to have rational machine placement and a little extra room in a shop . I don’t, but on the other hand I have learned to do pirouettes to avoid knocking tools onto the floor every time I turn around. Maybe it should be a ballet school instead of woodworking shop!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 09:16 PM

Looks good! I only wish I had that much room in one building!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 09:43 PM

Nice trade-off, Steve!
Ditto what Dez said, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 09:54 PM

Well planned my friend.
It is interesting how our shops morph to accommodate whatever new projects we pursue.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 10:51 PM

Thanks guys! I have more changes I want to add to this story. It seems like the changes are almost always about getting better use of space.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 10:54 PM

It always helps to have some sort of flo in any work/fun zone. Looks like you are doin just fine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 10:57 PM

Thanks Roger! I just keep tweaking things here and there…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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