I’m planning a new shop layout with a full-on-ducted dust collection system. What that means is that I need to be able to lock my machines down to fixed locations. I’m looking for your ideas on how to arrange things and considering how much “frustrating fun” I’m having trying to come up with layout ideas, I figured you guys might enjoy the process too.
The shop needs to accommodate the following:
—Cabinet saw and extensions (5’ wide). This saw also has a flip up outfeed table and a router table in the RIGHT WING.
—6 inch jointer
—12in miter saw
—Nova lathe (22 inch bed)
—benchtop drill press
—ridgid spindle sander
—a large cyclone dust collector (probably a PSI Tempest or Grizzly model)
—a workbench (rolling cart) approximately 36×72”
—a common assortment of portable power tools. (I am not a huge user of hand tools.)
Some other considerations:
—You can ignore wiring needs, cuz I’m a pretty good electrician.
—You can ignore the efficiency of the dust collection runs. I’m happy to buy an extra HP if I need it to optimize shop layout.
—I’m happy to build any shop furniture required (e.g. if I need a unified countertop that sets my saw, drill press, and mortiser all at the same height, no problem!)
Here’s what the room looks like:
—13’ x 29’ rectangle
—North wall has built in shelves that span the entire 13’ and rise to about 6 feet.
—South wall has a door to the outside which sits 24” from the east wall.
—East wall has no windows, but there is a door (to the basement) all the way at the north end, and it opens right up against the shelves. There is a fireplace on this wall which I don’t plan to use, but it could be a factor in shop layout.
—West wall has three normal sized windows, evenly spaced, well above counter height.
—I would prefer to keep my bench toward the north end of the shop.
—I would prefer to keep the lathe near the south end of the shop (so easier to sweep any mess outdoors)
I’ll offer a small prize for the best idea that makes me jump up and say “oh yeah!” (say, a value of $10-20?)
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