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09-11-2011 12:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: layout cabinet saw grizzly

I have a basement shop that serves triple duty. It is the main workspace for household projects and it also contains the utilities (furnace, water heater, circuit panel, etc.). I would like to add a few more woodworking tools to use as I build cabinets for the “occupied” portion of the basement. I have been eyeing a Grizzly G0690 cabinet saw as my first addition. However, before I make a large investment, I want to make sure it will not be too cramped. I will be buying a mobile base with it, so I can move it and my other tools (already equipped) as needed.

I originally had my storage cabinets/workbench along the top wall to accomodate my old miter saw and any long boards. I have since purchased a sliding compund miter saw that came with a folding/rolling base. My thoughts are to move the workbench and cabinets (I will lose 30” of length) to the alcove area, but I am not sure if this will leave me enough room. The location in the second drawing seems to be about the only position that will allow me to cut down sheet goods without disrupting the flow too much.

The sewer stack and the water supply don’t help my options much. I am not open to busting up the floor to move them.

Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 06:04 AM

What you have seems practicable. Will your fence be able to go 49” to the right of the blade? You’ll be glad you had that when you get into casework.

Is there a possibility of some kind of fold down table in, say, the garage, where a well-bladed Skilsaw could buck up the big sheets before they go below?



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#2 posted 09-11-2011 04:06 PM

No, I don’t think a saw with a fence that large work. There is enough room in the garage to break the sheets down there, if necessary. There is probably enough room in the shop to do it with a portable saw also.

For the money, it seems like the saw with the 50” fence is the much better buy. I am not sure that I could easily move around it, though. That would leave me with only about 12” to the left of the saw, (but a decent 30-45” to the right). I also think it would be harder to move a saw with the extension table and legs. There’s nothing worse than having to slide sideways around equipment every time you want to go to the other side of it.

I would also like to add a planer and bandsaw at some point, so I don’t want to gobble up the space right away.


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#3 posted 09-12-2011 04:11 AM

Lee has you pointed in the right direction, a good skill saw to break down your sheet goods. The only problem I had with this method was that my 1st saw was to weak and the blade wandered to produce very bad cuts. I always had to be mindful of keeping at least 1 manufacture’s straight edge on all sections and I always cut a bit oversize to use that 1 straight edge to square off the pieces. Now I own a good saw with enough amperage draw to get the job done. All my cuts are straight.

As for the rest of the shop layout, I think you might be OK with careful planning. But your drawing is hard to see on my 18 inch monitor and my tired eyes. My shop is 24 X 24 with 2 posts in the middle. I have everything in it, all strategically placed to accommodate 2 workbenches, desk, stairwell, scroll saw, table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, drill press, sharpening system, mid size lathe and lots of storage space for all my other tools and lumber. You can take a tour of my shop through my profile link.

My advise is to just sit in your workspace, listen to some good tunes and imagine yourself working a particular tool you want. You will know how to fit it. Have fun!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 02:56 PM

Good advice above…........theres a cpl things that are “truisms”in shop world.

>Cleaning is an ONGOING process

>Rarely does a shop get set-up perfect from the getgo.As equip gets added/subtracted or the caseload changes… can the layout.

>Materials “IN”....finished products “OUT”....WRT flow and traffic patterns

Keep above in mind in the design stage.Good luck,636

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