|Forum topic by JetDriver||posted 03-15-2016 05:29 PM||961 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
03-15-2016 05:29 PM
When we bought our house 3 years ago I wasn’t into wood working and not really thinking about a workshop at all. I do like to work on my own cars and enjoy DIY projects so the small workshop attached to the back of the two car garage was a bonus but not a major driver in the sale. But over the last couple of years I’ve really started getting into woodworking which has me thinking more and more about the layout of the shop I inherited and how to improve it.
The shop at present is 15’2 long by 7’6 wide and their really isn’t room to expand it. I do have the ability to overflow into the two car garage and my hop down the road is that we can fully enclose the attached car port and make it a three car garage. The one downside to the garage is its minimal width which limits my ability to put things along the sides and still get cars in. I should also mention that getting from the garage to the workshop means going up 4 very steep steps so I can’t just roll equipment between the two spaces. The door to the garage is at the bottom right in the image and the door at the top opens to the backyard.
Right now there is a 2’ deep workbench along the length of one wall and that turns the corner and then runs in behind the door on the bottom right in the picture below. At the moment I’ve got a Craftsmen JobSite Table saw which is probably about as big as is going to fit in my space. On the bench sits on the right sits my Hitachi Mitre Saw.
As you can see from the attached image I’ve been playing with Grizzly’s workshop planner trying to figure out how to make the best use of my space.
My thought is to tear out and rebuild the workbench that runs along the right or back side of the workshop. In the middle I would add an opening that would allow me to use one of three items in the same place. Either I can have my miter saw sitting in there with a dust collection hood at the back and a fence/stop system, a bench top planer could be installed, or finally a router table top complete with fence. My thought is that there would be an adjustable bottom which would be reset to accommodate what the station is being used for. This enables me to essentially have three tools in the same space and the workbench length on either side should be helpful for planing, routing, or cutting. Dust Collection would be handled by my shop vac with a dust deputy through PVC pipe run to various workstations. Possibly a small wall mounted Dust collector like Rocker’s Dust Right Wall Mount.
At the bottom of the shop would sit a bandsaw and a drill press on mobile bases. This gives me a bandsaw, drill press, table saw, router table, planer, and miter/chop saw station in the shop. The only thing missing from the big tools as I see it is a jointer. I can place a full size jointer against a wall in the garage, I can get a bench top jointer that would fit in the workshop, or I can joint with my table saw.
The biggest challenge is that fitting an honest to god cabinet table saw (as opposed to a work site saw) really isn’t going to happen unless I do something very different. If you look to the side the saw there is a Grizzly 1023 and it just makes for a very cramped space around it. My hope is that down the road when we enclose the carport I can easily get a table saw on a mobile base into that bay of the garage. But that is several years away at least.
That being said if I’m going to spend time and money to reconfigure the shop I’d like it to end up in a configuration that will work well for me for many years to come. I really don’t want to have to do it again which is why I’m here.
I’m hoping that the more experienced among us can offer me some advice about how to lay the shop out and whether or not what I’m thinking is a good plan or if I’m falling into a new guy trap that I’m not aware of yet.
Thanks for your help folks its greatly appreciated.