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Forum topic by Keen1 posted 11-26-2007 10:53 PM 938 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2007 10:53 PM

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Original plans were scrapped for space reasons. I’ve posted a picture here for a very simple look at what I’m trying to put together: I’ll update later with dimensions and front view layouts. Just to give you some idea. It is a basement workshop with outdoor access only. It’s roughly 16 1/2’ X 19 1/2’ feet. Area for router table is about 48”. Workbench is about 76” (all this from memory, have it written down at home). I’ve got the table saw on the mobile base now. Next I need to get the miter saw / planer mobile base built for room and functionality. Next will be the router table which I will need some help with. I have a small cast iron router table (top only) that I was going to lay into a laminate countertop I purchased. I’m more concerned with getting it flush on the inlay than I am with sag. I can reinforce the iron top from underneath and have flat and angle iron at various lengths I can also use for support when tying into the countertop. Was also thinking I might use some oak 1X4 I have to lay underneath to support the length of the countertop. Having second thoughts about this whole idea though. Any suggestions. I’ve already got the countertop, too late to take back now. I do feel like I need the extra table space for anything over 36”, maybe even 24” depending on the application. I do need to get the countertop up to me the space to finish everything else (it’s in the middle of the floor right now and my verticle plywood storage is full for another project) Plus I’ve got so much stuff down there to get organized I’m not sure you could tell what is what if I took some shots. I’ll try it and see how they turn out.

Like I said, I’m a beginner, I’m competent with most of the tools I have as far as basic cuts etc….I’ve just never had anyone to teach me. Everything I’ve learned is from trial and error and the internet. Finally I found this site. I hope you all can help and hopefully I’ll be able to contribute some before too long. Thanks for any suggestions.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 11:44 PM

I like how you have colour-coded the “can’t move” vs movable objects. Smart.

You’ve come to the right place for questions/answers/suggestions and “gentle nudging” to try new things.

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#2 posted 11-27-2007 09:39 PM

Okay here is some more detail with front views of each wall. The top view (while nowhere close to scale) does include dimensions now. Any and all suggestions and comments are appreciated.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#3 posted 11-28-2007 04:27 PM

Beginning to think I should forget about the cast iron table and simply lay in the router plate directly in the counter top then reinforce underneath. I can add my own t-tracks etc.. for the fence etc.. Should I get rid of the cast iron table and just go with the counter top. I hate to do away with the cast iron but I know I’ll have a better chance of getting a totally flush workspace if I do.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#4 posted 11-30-2007 02:06 PM

You asked.

I find it easier and quicker to cut out scaled outlines of each tool, cabinet, etc and move them around on a “scaled” page. in such a shop as yours with limited space I would put virtually everything on wheels, make my benches high enough to store stationary tools underneath. benches and counters on hinges help too so that they can be dropped from the wall or swung down against the wall. racking and open shelving that hangs from the ceiling works well too.

In my 25 years+ of woodworking I have come to the conclusion that shop layouts are never written in stone and are constantly evolving. What works today, might not work tomorrow.

Good luck

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 07:25 PM

Roman, I wish I had the space and the time to be so organized as to cut outlines for everything. However, as you can see from the before pics, space is at a premium. I am putting almost everything on mobile base with storage underneath for more tools to change as needed.

Okay here are some pics of the actual space, please no comments on the mess. I know. My problem is that I need to take everything out and build it to plan. But I have no place to put all that stuff except the yard. Which means I’ll have to get it done on a weekend. At least these pictures will give you a better idea of what I’m working with.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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