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01-05-2011 05:38 AM

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About 8 months ago, I had a tree fall on my shop. Fortunately, nothing inside was injured, but the barn really suffered. I’ve spent the last 8 months restoring the barn to a brand new condition. I’ve spent a small fortune on it, but it’ll be well worth it.

So, now in the spring, I’m going to completely redo the setup on the inside. Right now, it is completely gutted with the exception of an old bench and a miter center. I still have to stud, insulate, and OSB sheet the interior.

Anyway, I’ve been looking through some workshops, trying to get some ideas… and what I’ve learned is WOW this site is big… lol.

If you have something in your shop that you like or are proud of the way it’s set up, leave me a quick one liner what it is, and I’ll go to you your profile and view your workspace…. or if it’s not on there, I would kindly ask you to describe it or maybe post a pic.

I appreciate your help. I’m looking forward to putting a lot of thought into this shop, and I would love to incorporate your ideas that you already know work.

Thanks in advance!


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:52 AM

The thing about my shop is the old saying “a place for everything and everything in its place”. I have lots of strategically located storage and a whole set of “cubby holes” that hold various handheld tools.

You can see my workshop at my profile and some more pictures of the workbench (especially the storage area) in my projects.

In my opinion, having a place for everything and staying organized is essential.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 05:59 AM

Rich, I am hoping to be more organized after this project. I’m thinking about putting everything on a modular system, cabinets and all. That way, over the years, my shop can evolve as my needs do. I really like how organized you are… you have a great shop.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 06:40 AM

I don’t know what you are doing for a floor but if you are installing one I’d highly recommended under floor dust collection and stationary equipment wiring. It really reduces the clutter.My shop is posted.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 06:41 AM

In my Shop/garage, I have Some places for things and Things for the Places….
... BUT, for the most time, they are not there.

I have more things than places to store them…
as a result, it looks like Holy Crap most of the time…
and I would not wish it on my worst enemy…

Therefore, I shall remain quuiet… and look for all of the cool ideas that others present…
... then patiently wait to see YOUR finished barn.

I hope you understand… LOL… If you don’t, I’m sure others will. :) :)

Sounds like you’re making good progress there, Steve.

Spring is only 3+ months away… will be interesting.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 07:05 AM

Hi Steve

I presume your shop is bigger than mine (14 X 21) but the two things I did that I like is my mitersaw counter and my catch table/assembly table/storage unit. These are pictured in my shop pictures and projects. I am very pleased with my cyclone dust collection unit I put in from Penn State. I did a blog “dust collection In” and it tells you about the system and how I put it in. Looking forward to seeing the progress of your new shop. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 08:37 AM

Oh, I like my Wired Remote Control Dust Deputy… saves me a lot of steps…

... but with all of your room, you would not need it…

... I do love it… though…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 09:09 AM

Hi Steve;

About the best advice for laying out a wood shop is place the stationary tools in the order in which they’re used. We have a miter saw set up near the door, so as we bring in lumber we can rough cut it to length. It actually is mounted on a lumber rack, so we can grab a board, and cross cut it right there.

From there it gets ripped or surfaced. So we have the table saw next in lin, then the planner and the jointer is next to that. The jointer is on a mobile base, so it gets moved to where it will be most convenient for the task at hand. It often sits close to the table saw during use, so we can move lumber back and forth between the two machines. From there, it’s a matter of setting up ducst collection and electric, where need for the machines and benches.

Smaller hand held power tools are located near the work bench, or assembly benches, so there is little time spent walking between the tools, and the area they’re needed. We have assembly benches with drawers on one side of it, and shallow shelves on the other side. The drawers house hand tools, while the shelves hold cans of screws, buscuits, wood glue, and screw guns.

All in all, the set up is very good, as we’re not wasting a lot of time walking back and forth. I believe the shop is posted.

Try to remember to enjoy the process. It can be a lot of fun setting up a shop.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 10:41 AM

I agree with Rich – “a place for everything and everything in its place”.
Even if its not there a lot of the times, when you do clean up and put it away it is there in it’s rightful spot.
My shop seems to get messier the more I am in it. Yet when I have lost something I start to put things away and voila! I find what I am looking for – eventually!
I absolutley hate it when my husband comes into ’MY’ shop and uses something and doesn’t put it away and its not in its rightful spot! (eventhough it is” our ”stuff & our shop- NOT)

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 03:38 PM

I don’t have this, but have you thought about placing your DC pipes/runs in the floor?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 04:31 PM

I think one thing I did with my shop (21X21) is I insulated it and then I covered the walls with 3/4 inch plywood, covered by 1/2 inch pine beadboard. It looks like paneling. This way I can screw cabinets and other wall mounted holders etc. anywhere on the walls without looking for studs.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 04:35 PM

You might find the Grizzly Workshop Planner to be helpful in laying out you shop.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#12 posted 01-05-2011 06:12 PM

The more I put together my own small shop (typical 2-car garage) and the more I consider its layout as it concerns dust collection, the more I like the idea to cluster all stationary machines that require dust collection in the center of the shop (where the dust collector is located as well). I think this is the most efficient setup, it will allow me to hide the unsightly air ducts, and it will provide more space along the walls for workbench stations and storage.

Just a thought…

-- jay,

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 01-05-2011 07:29 PM

Hi Steve,
I don’t think there are one or two things only that I like about my shop…. I really don’t have anything favorite that I like over the other….I like eveything about it…...I built all the shop furniture, cabinets, assembly tables, workbench, etc…...I do like that I have 72 wall and floor outlets, and the d.c, along with my h&a system is in a seperate room to kill the noise….. I like the layout,room, and the newest thing I built is the outfeed tables for my table saws (yes—- I have 2 saws…lol). Go to my workshop and take a look, and maybe you can get an idea or two, or more…..Happy hunting for shop ideas…....use whatever you can find to help with your build…..these guys (and gals) won’t care….. I don’t…...

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 01:32 AM

One thing I find useful is to keep the power cords on power tools neatly tucked away. You can buy fancy clamps for this but I just use PVC pipe cut in small lengths (say 6”). A cheap way to do it & tidies things up.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 01-06-2011 01:58 AM

Set yourself up a dedicated chop saw fence with a stop system. I have the Kreg fence and stops set up in
my shop, and I really love being able to walk up to my chopsaw and dial in an accurate measurement just like my tablesaw.


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