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01-07-2014 04:51 AM

My shop is a 1 car garage. I struggle constantly with how to best utilize the space. The biggest trouble spot is the table saw. I’d love to set something up so I’ve got an outfeed table work bench, but the width of the shop represents a problem.

If I setup lengthwise (in order to have sufficient in and outfeed length, I can’t crosscut anything more than a couple of feet. If I setup the other way, I can’t rip anything longer than a couple feet.

How do you guys set things up in a workspace like this?

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 05:10 AM

I have my tablesaw in a 2-car garage. It is where the 2nd car would be, 8’ from the right wall. So, I can push, just barely, an 8’ board for ripping before hitting the wall. Not more the 2” to spare.

This would be a little tight if it was a 1-car garage.


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#2 posted 01-07-2014 05:24 AM

Assuming you have a left tilt saw, put the right side of the saw against the right wall of the shop.
Unless you have a huge rip capacity like 52” or more you should be able to crosscut.
The space from the blade to the left wall for a 30” rip capacity, for instance, should be almost 8 ft. in the case of a 12foot wide garage. That lets you cross cut an 8 ft board.

On the other hand, I prefer to do my cross cutting on my miter saw so I have it against the right hand wall and use the table saw mostly for ripping so I put my saw in the middle of the floor. But my shop is 16 ft x 24 ft, so that is not really a fair comparison to a 1 car garage.

Fine Wood Working Magazine recently had a magazine about ideal shop layouts. They had some very good plans for everything from a 10 ft by 12 ft shed to a 24×36 ft monster shop.

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 05:30 AM

I had the same problem over and over again so I finally bit the bullet and bought a mobile base so now I can move it at Will or Frank or whoever else comes into my shop! chuckle

Actually I now can even move it out of the garage (a lot easier now) to cut down on noise and reduce my garage shop cleanup!

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 05:33 AM

I am in the same boat. I put the saw right in the middle and work everything from there. I have and have an out feed table as well. I put my work bench to the left on the wall with just enough room to walk between and then i have a left table for longer pieces. sucks but I think it is sufficient.

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 05:34 AM

I think you probably need to have your saw on wheels but I’ve found I like my permanent location just over 8’ from the garage door so I can cut plywood with the door closed but if I need to cut studs or larger boards I just open the garage door.

I think a mobile out feed/work table between the garage door and a mobile saw is the ticket

Good luck!

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 05:35 AM

I think it goes without saying but everything is the same height. athought ai would clarify that. Good luck!

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 04:22 PM

Put the table saw on a mobile base and change orientation based on what you need to cut. That seems like the simplest solution.

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#8 posted 01-07-2014 05:50 PM

Just about everything in my shop is on wheels. My shop is a two car garage in which two cars are parked every night.

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#9 posted 01-07-2014 05:52 PM

jmartel, that’s what I said above as that is what I did and it solved my problem!

$45 (what I paid including shipping) is a low cost solution to a frustrating problem.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 05:55 PM

Yep. I have a one-half of a two car garage to work with. Every machine is on a mobile base. I wouldn’t get anything done otherwise. I keep the machines against the wall and pull them out as needed. I can orient them however I need to in seconds.

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 06:55 PM

Tedstor, I didn’t really want to get mobile base but for the ease of being easy to move the tools around the shop and then, being able to get them out of the way it is one of the best additions for any small work shop.

I wish I would have gotten some sooner!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 01:03 AM

I should really quit the habit of crosscutting long boards on the table saw. I have the miter saw- its even in something of a miter station- but the in and out feed bits are work benches that are seldom clear. I’ve got bad habits.

My table saw is a jobsite model- Porter Cable so it has wheels and is pretty easy to move- I just thought I’d see if anybody had any amazing ideas is all…

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#13 posted 01-08-2014 01:53 AM

I have a one car garage for a shop as well, 11×20. I just put in a new Ridged R4512 hybrid saw. It is built into the bench, so not mobile. With the main fence I can cross cut/rip 30”. I embedded some Incra T-track from Woodcraft and built an auxillary fence from some Birch plywood I had left over. This allows me to cross cut 51”. Here are some pictures.

Hope this helps.


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#14 posted 01-08-2014 02:01 AM

The solution is simple. get a chop saw. stop cross cutting on the TS and use a miter saw.

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#15 posted 01-08-2014 02:07 AM

Drpdrp, how about some pix like Lee supplied.

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