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