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Forum topic by stevet47 posted 07-01-2015 09:46 PM 938 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2015 09:46 PM

About 2 months ago I moved into a new house with a 24×24 garage. The wife is kind enough to be willing to park outside, so once I get done the house renovations, turning the garage into a workshop is first on my list. It will mainly be a woodshop, but I will also do limited metal work in there (mainly steel bases for tables/chairs, etc.

Here is a tentative sketch of the plan. It is just blocked out, but everything is to scale. Each grid is 12”.

Any advice/critique/criticism is appreciated.

The only thing I see as an issue is the lack of bench space, my main assembly area is the table saw outfeed. I do have a 4×5’ fold-down table planned that would cover the welding cart/mechanics tools/etc when not needed. But that is about it.
My only though on that is to build a small enclosed lean-to attached to the back of the garage that could house the dust collector and air compressor to free up some space.

And FYI- I can’t have anything tall like the vertical sheet goods in the front of the garage because of the garage-door clearance when open. Otherwise the ceiling height is 9’.

Also, there is a large driveway I can utilize as well when the weather is nice, I plan to do any welding/grinding out there.

Let me know what you think.!

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#1 posted 07-01-2015 11:12 PM

You’re in a tight space, but manageable if you’re willing to have alot of stuff on casters and do some innovative storage.

Thinking about the ww’ing most ww’ers do, the first comment I have is a bench must be the centerpiece of any ww’ing shop. This is ground zero for all your joinery work and other hand work, and can also be used for assembly (so you don’t really need a separate assembly table). Personally I’m not a fan of wall benches, but they can work.

With this in mind I would consider putting the 4 machines in the center on mobile bases and store them because they are not usually in constant use. The bandsaw and drill press can be against the wall. This would clear some space for a bench. Don’t forget you need to allow 3’ of space around a bench, so it can take up quite a bit of room. If that’s not an option, then I would go with a wall bench.

Other than that, if the $$ were not an issue, I would already be making plans to blow out the back wall and go for a 24X48 shop. With the amount of stuff you have, you’re going to run out of room surprisingly fast! Wait till you have a project in process going on and you’ll see what I mean.

BTW, your wife must be a dream…..

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 11:57 AM

Play around with this:

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 01:16 PM

I’m in a similar space and have just recently finished the wife’s renovation list on the living space so I’m working on setting my garage up too. My main focus recently has been to put everything possible on wheels. If you can put those tools in the center on wheels, they can be stored. Maybe move the TS out where those tools are now, put those tools in front of the door where TS is now and a workbench in between? It’s hard to offer good suggestions without knowing the equipment and seeing the actual space, but that would let you roll planer, jointer, etc outside on nice days and free up some working space and keep some dust out of the garage too. I’m assuming the bandsaw and drill press are floor models? If not, build a single cart with DP on one end and BS on the other end. It’ll save you some floor space without reducing the tools’ capacity and give some storage underneath to boot. Just my $.02!

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 01:37 PM

I agree about casters. It really helps to be able to roll smaller machines around. One thing that I didn’t notice was a main work bench. Perhaps I missed it. I wouldn’t want to have a welding machine in my woodworking shop. You’re going to get crowded at times and sometimes you’ll also get a little messy at times depending on how rushed you might be. Welding could be a problem. Perhaps the welding machine could be rolled outside when in use. This may be what you intend to do. Your plan seems to be a good one so for. Just take your time while you are in the planning stage and it will pay off.

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 03:00 PM

A garage usually has a concrete floor so don’t store wood against the floor. You can use the storage below the router for router accessories & bits. If the drill press is floor standing then Woodsmith Shop has a nice roll around cart that wraps around the column which can hold bits. Depending on how often you use the sanders (V-drum, OSS, belt, & disk you could store them vertically in a metal shelving unit and pull the one you need.

What about sharpening? A lathe requires regular sharpening of it’s tools.

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 04:02 PM

Thanks for all the advice. My plan was for the miter saw station and table saw to be the only tools NOT on casters.

I placed the table saw where it is now based on infeed/outfeed, I couldn’t find another spot in the shop where there wasn’t other tools blocking infeed/outfeed. I figured I would just open the garage door to get more space left of the blade.
However, I like the idea of switching the placement of the table saw and bandsaw/drill press/planer/jointer, I will look into that.

Ideally I would have to “store” as few tools as possible, having them out at all times is much less frustrating to me, even if space is a little tight. I have already conceeding to building the rolling welding table that will house my mechanics tool box, welder, grinders, torch, etc. I will roll that out to the driveway before use, which I think I will actually prefer, as this past weekend working on the car in the driveway and continually going back into the garage for tools was frustrating.

I have decided that the compressor/DC closet takes up too much valuable space. I dont have the property (or money) for a large addition, but I can build a small lean-to attached shed in the back right where the closet is now. The compressor, DC and other assorted junk could go in there.

Storage and organization is definately going to be important in here, I am essentially trying to shove full-size machinery into a shop better suited for portable/table top tools. However, I love organization, so hopefully that wont be a problem.

I do like the idea of storing the sanders vertically and just pulling them out only when needed. I think I saw a carousel thing somewhere (maybe stumpy nubs?) that would make this easier.

I have used the grizzly shop layout thing before, but it is frustrstingly limited, I can draw by hand far faster.

Also, I do plan on building a shed (likely 10×12) for things like the mower, etc, so that wont have to be stored in the garage, and I can put seldom used items in there as well.

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 07:30 AM

I just posted this in another thread, seems to be appropriate here and a bit of a common theme.

My space is also limited at times as I’m in a double garage with cars, etc. The best investment I made was to buy a whole bunch of high quality locking swivel castors and mounted all my machines and workbenches on these castors. I can shove everything in a corner and along the walls to pull two cars in or spread it out wall to wall to have every machine usable at the same time. It’s hard to spend $25+ per castor but the good ones really work well. For example, I have a General 350 cabinet saw with 54” fence, a Delta 15” thickness planer, a General 1490 band saw, General 6” jointer, Floor drill press, and two assembly/outfeed tables that I can set up in any location in just a few minutes and little effort.
Your layout looks to be well planned for what you have now but every time I acquire a machine or tool I need to change things up a bit… Good luck with the new shop, you will really enjoy the dust collection if you haven’t had it previously.

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