|Forum topic by Hoakie||posted 01-16-2011 02:32 AM||2755 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
01-16-2011 02:32 AM
I am about to start the process of building the 21st Century workbench and while in the planning phase, I have also been thinking a lot about my shop and how it is set up. You can see its current state in my workshop pics and here is a Sketchup model that pretty accurately shows the placement of major tools (I don’t have all the cabinets, etc. depicted). Each square on the floor is 1ft.
One of my biggest gripes right now is that I always feel like I’m clearing off my workbench to use my TS. I want to eliminate this problem. Second is that I feel cramped working at the workbench, and it is inconvenient to squeeze around the right side of the bench due to the structural pole. Therefore I seemed to have to walk around the bench/table saw island to get what I needed or to use the BS and Router table and DP.
Below is my proposed change.
This layout would give me plenty of room around 90 percent of the bench. Most of the big tools are close together and accessible for “turn around” use. I think this would eliminate a lot of trips “around” the bench. My RAS and router table can easily be made the same height so I would still have good in feed support for both. What I would lose is the built in router table on the right wing of the TS (but I don’t use it much since I built my other table). I would also lose a workbench, but I typically just placed tools that were in use on it, or I would stack stuff on it to clear the workbench so I could use the TS. Then it became a pain to clear off when I needed to use the RAS. Essentially it was a vicious cycle. The red tool chest mainly holds traditional tools, wrenches, screw drivers, pliers, hammers, etc. It may be a pain to have to walk all the way across the shop for those, but I figure if I find that I really need to have those items close at hand, I can buy another set to store locally at any given station. I will probably build a hand tool cabinet (free standing or hung) to place close by the workbench. This would most likely go where the belt sander is placed. This way I would have easy access to chisels, planes, hand saws, etc. All the major equipment (except lathe, jointer and workbench) are on wheels so I can move them out and adjust as needed.
Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.
Thanks for your opinions.
P.S. I know that I should have my DC closer to my heavy chip makers but it really does a good job (no clogging) in its current set up. Another reason I don’t want to move it is that it straddles my sump hole nicely and is a poorly lit corner due to the floor support beam.
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