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Forum topic by gillyd posted 02-21-2012 12:54 PM 2655 views 2 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2012 12:54 PM

I have a 250 sq/ft shop, that I have been working out of for a year, its a walled off 3rd stall garage. I want to reorganize it to make it more effective so I am looking for your opinions. What I want from you guys is help with tool placement. One of these designs is my current shop. I want you to go as far as to say “sell your floor standing drill press for a bench top” if you think that would be the best idea. I’ve hidden the right wall and back wall so you can see better. Please pick below which shop layout you’d think would work best, or suggest a new one.

Current objects that are mobile or have a mobile base.
1. Jointer
2. Planer (hidden under one of the tables via flip top table, tool not in picture but table is).
3. Router
4. Work bench (MDF top looking table in pictures)

Objects that won’t move once positioned.
1. Table saw
2. Drill press
3. Tall standing cabinet
4. snow blower
5. riding lawn mower
6. dust collector

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Option 5

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 01:01 PM

Personally I would go with option 5 but thats my preference it gives you room on the floor if you have slightly larger projects to work on.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 01:21 PM

You could try to hang your snowblower on the wall. I have a push-mower hung on the shed wall, perhaps your handle can turn. I suppose your snowblower is gas powered, so there may be that problem.

I would personally have the tablesaw in the centre like option 3 and 4. Lumber rack on the left wall and have upper cabinets on the back wall. The dust collector would be wherever it fits.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 01:39 PM

as we all know, how you work will dictate your layout….but in my not very humble opinion, i like option 4 for the following reasons:
1. you don’t have things in the way if you need to make any long cuts. Plenty of room in front of and behind the TS is a must
2. the joiner isn’t tucked away. I cant count the number of times i needed to make just one pass on my joiner. If i had to pull it out of a corner every time, i would be tempted to just “skip it” and we all know what a bad idea cutting something that isn’t true, can be.
3. your TS looks like it has good support for sheet goods (if you need it, I often do)

just my 4 cents,

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 01:41 PM

5, but switch the jointer and router table poeistions.

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 02:10 PM

I would choose #2. Saying wall with drill press is North I would then ditch the standing cabinet and put a wall cab over the table on N wall. I would move the table behind the TS to the south wall and put a cabinet over it also. Reasoning being my friend has a long table such as this behind the TS and he constantly has to move stuff from the table to cut wide boards or plywood. Build a short or flip up overrun table to rear of TS or use a roller stand. I have a wide roller stand behind my TS that werks fine for me.

If it were possible I would build a lean-to on side of garage to house the LMs, SB & WB.

JMHO which with $1.50 might get you a cup of coffee somewhere.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 03:00 PM

I would go with option one with a few mods. The jointer should be moved more towards the middle, a jointer close to a wall is useless. Turn the table saw around so you have space after the cut for long boards and move the router table to the place where you have it in option 2.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 03:56 PM

^ I agree, but I would leave the table saw as is in option 1. I have the same setup (walled off 3rd bay), and I have my table up against the right wall and have had no issues. I can rip 4×8 sheets just fine. I also had my router table attached to the wing on the left side of my saw and that set worked great. I have to find another router table now, since I got a new saw and using the left wing is no longer an option.

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 04:48 PM

Your lawn more and snow blower will surly be moved when necessary.
What about the dust collector? What model is it. Most models are on wheels. If not put some on it.
I like the concept of my the dust collector outside when it is in use. The fine dust coming out of the bag goes outside rather then in the shop. I would make a flexible connection if necessary.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 04:48 PM

None of the above :))
Number 1 is close but I would have the jointer much closer to the table saw and I would build separate storage for all of the items that don’t belong in a shop. I would only have cabinets that hang on the wall and not have any that take up floor space. If you can build a little shed for you dust collector outside. You still have to come up with a place to store wood.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 04:54 PM

I’d put a panel saw on the wall and get the table saw out of
the center of the shop or place it so it outfeeds out the
rollup door.

Such shop layouts are charming but the reality of a small
workshop is that such neat planning doesn’t make the
shop flexible. You can skip the mobile bases and get a
“mini” pallet jack and put everything heavy on a riser.

I’d go nuts with big tables floating around like you’ve got.

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 05:00 PM

After setting up my shop I wish I had planned for an outfeed table on the table saw.

I’d go with option one, but get the brown table out of the center. I’d put the brown table against the wall where the router is, and slide the jointer to the side so it’s centered on the long wall between the table saw and the workbench. Not sure where to put the router – if you don’t use it every day I’d look into storing it under something else or perhaps incorporating it into your table saw outfeed table, as others have done.

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 05:09 PM

If you have a mower that size then build a shed for it outside of the work shop. I understand the need for having the Snow blower stored near the garage but not in the workshop. Snow = water. Water in a wood shop is not a good thing. You want to keep the shop dry and free of moist air.

If you have a tool box in your other part of your garage swap it and the blower. You will want your tools closer to you in the wood shop.

I think you need to look a bit closer at your designs.

Table saw in the middle
Jointer to the right side of the table saw.
Make room for a Planer after the Jointer (you will get one eventually, we all do)
Have dust collection on that same side near the planer, jointer and table saw.
Router table and drill on the otherside of the room.
Bench at each end. One for finishing and one for working on. Have the finishing one set up in a way you can drop a plastic sheet from the ceiling to keep dust away from the finishing area

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 05:28 PM

I seem to move my tools around and then see how it works out. If I don’t like it after six months than I change it. After I got my dust collector, I was than tide down somewhat, but with the flex hose I’m always moving my table saw around to gain more room to assemble the projects. Further more, if I want to move my other machines, all I have to do is disconnect the flex hose and move it to a different location next to another hose connection, or swap the machines around. It all has to do with your style of working, what works best.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 01:03 AM

What design package did you use to lay out your shop?

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#15 posted 02-22-2012 01:14 AM

Option 2: Once you get used to having a dedicated outfeed table you’ll wonder how you ever did without.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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