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tmiller

103 posts in 1912 days


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, AZ 85257
United States

I am looking for some tips on increasing space in my shop. I don’t know what the best place for certain tools are and I feel like I could be better maximizing my shop space.

The shop is 12’wide x 17’long and I added the 6’ x 6’ deck off the front. The doors provide a 6’ opening to the yard.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-- tmwsigns.com


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a1Jim

112000 posts in 2176 days


#1 posted 1900 days ago

good shop

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2421 days


#2 posted 1900 days ago

This is a nice shop that you have to work in. It looks like you have organized it well and you have done well with the space that you have. I like the pegboard storage that you have added to the walls. This helps keep your tools organized and readily available. To tell the truth I am not sure there is a lot that can be done with getting more room out of the available space that you have. It looks like you have done a pretty good job, from my standpoint. Of course I could offer to let my wife come there and organized it for you. (She does do that occasionally in my shop when her neatness OCD takes over). Your shop would look like it has more room but you would not be able to get to any of your tools. :) When she organizes my shop she believes that stacking the tools along one wall is the best way to “unclutter” it. The only problem is that by stacking them three deep you can’t get to anything without moving a lot of other tools out of the way.

Anyway thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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gizmodyne

1763 posts in 2689 days


#3 posted 1900 days ago

I have a similarly sized shop. I have my table saw in the middle at a diagonal. My work bench faces the doors. I had it set up like yours, but realized that I was wasting space in front of the doors.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1965 days


#4 posted 1900 days ago

Just a couple suggestions.

Instead of the open stand for your BT drill press, put it on a cabinet with drawers. It could help clear some bench space.

If possible, depending on the construction of the bench top, mount a mixer lift under your bench for your spindle sander. Again, clearing some bench space.

Hope this helps.

Jack

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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tmiller

103 posts in 1912 days


#5 posted 1899 days ago

Jack – thanks for the suggestions I am seriously considering the mixer lift. I had no idea these existed.

I will also be keeping my eyes out for a cabinet for cheap on criags lift for the drill press.

-- tmwsigns.com

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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1965 days


#6 posted 1899 days ago

If you can’t find a cabinet, you can always make your own.

Good luck.

Jack

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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dbhost

5378 posts in 1831 days


#7 posted 1612 days ago

Your shop is WAY more space than I currently have usable to me. I am in an 18×20 2 car garage with well over half of it used by non woodworking stuff. I have put a good number of space saving ideas to work…

#1. You have LOTS of peg board that is way under utilized. Stuff spread all over the place…
A better utilized example of pegboard.

#2. Your small parts bins, and open bins are sitting on top of the bench tops. HANG THEM UP…
An example of wall mounted small parts and open bins.

#3. Bench Top tools being stored on the bench tops. But they aren’t mounted. Either configure your benches so that the work surfaces on the tools all sort of blend to one big work surface, or stack those things in a manner where you can stow them out of the way, grab one, and use it, then put it away…
An example of a tool stacking / storage system.

#4. Use those doors to store stuff on! First aid stuff, fire extinguishers, clamp racks and similar work great there!
First Aid kit mounted to shop door.

If you know how to use Sketchup, use it to lay out a plan…

Not saying that you don’t have a nice shop, you do. Would just love to see everything tightened up as far as organization goes. I think with the exception of the big industrial shops, all of us to one extent or another, are always looking for storage ideas. Hopefully I have helped out!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Beginningwoodworker

13337 posts in 2272 days


#8 posted 1612 days ago

Nice workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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