|Forum topic by mbs||posted 706 days ago||1176 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
706 days ago
There are a few things I’ve done that I really like and I would do over again. And a few things I would do differently. I guess this is the forum to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most of the ideas listed below were developed while I was working in a 2 car garage. I was fortunate enough to build a larger garage and incorporate many of the ideas. Setting up a shop is more of a continuous journey and not a discrete event. I’ll never be done. There is always something else I need (want) and something I need to sell.
The pics can be seen at “my workshop”
The good -
Position the saws, planer, jointer, shaper so the outfeed is in front of the garage door and you won’t lose valuable working space.. I realize this only works when the weather is nice and you have a large garage door to point them at.
Make a covered patio and supply electricity to it. It’s nice to work outside in the shade and it’s healthier too. Clean-up is easy with a leaf blower.
Put skylights in the shop to let in natural light. Supplement with a lot of T8 florescent lights
Make dedicated cabinets to hold items. e.g. plane cabinet, sanding cabinet, drill cabinet. ...
Learn how to make customized dust collection fittings. it will save you a bunch of money.
Mount your dust collector and compressor outside (if possible). They take up floor space and are noisy.
Put dust collection floor sweeps in the corners and blow the dust from one end of the shop to the other.
Plumb in a lot of electrical outlets (inside and outside) and install airlines to get to the major areas.
If you have both a radial arm saw and the miter saw build them on the same platform to reduce space.
Put equipment on good castors to move it easily.
The bad (what I regret):
I wish I would have put the dust collection piping and some electrical outlets in the floor. It would look nicer and be safer to work around.
Don’t install too many windows because they take up valuable wall space.
I would consider having a wood floor because it would be more comfortable than standing on concrete. I don’t have any experience with wood floors and I’m not sure they would withstand the weight of some of my tools.
I wish I would have purchased a 3 phase rotary converter and purchased 3 phase equipment. I believe three phase is less expensive and better than single phase. Higher end equipment is made with three phase power and it can be cheaper than single phase.
I made an office that I really don’t use. I would rather have the shop floor space.
Before I acquired some of the bigger tools there was enough room to park a car in the shop. Now I regret allowing a car there because my wife thinks it’s her parking space.
Don’t use the rubber flooring that I used. It shows all tracks and never looks good. I would use epoxy with sand next time.
I hope this helps.
-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.