|Forum topic by cuttwice||posted 12-13-2011 11:25 AM||2897 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-13-2011 11:25 AM
Hi All -
I’ve just taken delivery of and assembled a new table saw (it’s just waiting for the electrician to come back and wire the 220 power), and I’m finally clearing some woodworking space in the barn near my house. I’m looking for advice about how best to lay out the new space. Here’s a 180 degree panorama shot of what’s there now (please click the link – the image is not embedded because it would get cropped too much):
I share this space with my father-in-law (it’s his barn), and while the overall space is quite large (about 30×40’), a good deal of it is occupied with lots of yard tools, a couple of wheelbarrows, bicycles, a motor scooter (my wife’s) and some yard equipment (snow blower, a utility wagon, and two lawn tractors – don’t ask).
I’m slowly excavating the junk (believe it or not, this is a substantial improvement!), and I’ll clear some more space still (I’m building a potting shed that will accept a lot of the gardening stuff between the closet and the garden cart, and I have to get rid of the small Ryobi table saw in the right foreground, for example), but the items listed above are there to stay, and that still leaves many walls encumbered by yard tools and gear and the center of the floor filled with power equipment. That’s not as great a loss as it seems – the floor in the center part of this space is in terrible condition, and I wouldn’t want to operate a power tool that was sitting on it (just walking on it with a heavy load in hand requires some caution). Unfortunately, fixing the floor is not an option – tearing it up to pour a flat replacement would cost too much and risk damage to the aged barn structure that I can’t take.
The shop is also a mess just now – the assembly table noted in the diagram is covered with junk, there’s an extra table saw at the end of it that has to go, and I have yet to build proper storage for hand tools and clamps, so they’re everywhere, but I’m trying to figure out how best to organize that stuff…
Here is a diagram of the furniture on the barn floor (the barn door that the panorama was taken from is at the top of the image, so please bear in mind that the diagram is backwards from the photograph):
The walls to either side of the barn door at the top of the diagram are both filled with tools, gas cans, and so forth, as is a good deal of the space on the wall at the bottom of the diagram (though much of the potting & gardening supplies along the wall at the bottom of the diagram will go soon, as I mentioned). I have to be able to get to the loft occasionally, so I can’t completely close up the wall on the right of the diagram, but I can use that wall as long as I can move stuff to get to the loft “door” high in that wall near the closet. There’s a fair amount of space on either side of the center area that’s relatively flat and available to use, but the area of the diagram that has the dimension information in it is going to be filled with garden equipment (out to about 15’ from that back wall, I’d guess).
The cabinet saw is angled the way it is to provide the longest possible infeed and outfeed runs (The front of the saw is the side closest to the door and I’m planning to build an outfeed table to roll up to the back of the saw for larger cuts). I plan to install a proper cyclone DC system in the closet shortly. Both the 220 for the table saw and the DC ductwork will drop from the ceiling at the post that’s just above the work bench on the right side of the diagram, so I reckon that’s a good place for other tools that will require good DC and possibly 220 current. For example, there’s a SCMS on the work table next to the shelf unit at the left of the diagram (the right of the picture, though you can’t see it well right now) that I’m planning to move the the work bench on the right of the diagram (I’m hoping to be able to get the table saw table to serve as support for either long boards on the SCMS table or outfeed for a planer). (A couple of notes that I forgot to include on the diagram – the work bench listed in the dimensions text is the one on the upper left of the diagram. The work bench on the right side of the diagram is approximately 30×105”. Also, the thing that looks like a small window on the right side of the diagram is the loft door and ladder that serves it, and the door at the upper right of the diagram is access to the stable next door and must remain usable.)
My problem is that there’s a lunchbox planer (DW735) on the way, and I need to plan for it and the jointer I hope to get before too long. I’m not sure how to position them to use the DC they’ll need and share feed support as much as possible in this space (preferably on the right of the diagram, to use the power and DC ducting that’s going in there). What do you all suggest to make use of this space best? Sorry for the long-winded post, and thanks in advance for any thoughts you’d care to share…