|Forum topic by SteveM||posted 2026 days ago||1300 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
2026 days ago
I wasn’t sure where to put this question so decided this forum was as good as any.
Some may know that my current shop space exceeds my skill set but falls short of my ego. I now have the opportunity for a major expansion into the area under my 3 car garage – about 960SF of clear space.
As with many things in life, a larger shop adjacent to the existing space creates good news and bad news. Today I complain about tripping over stuff but now wonder just how to best use what seems to be a vast amount of new space. I’m wondering how to best layout machinery, hand tools, work and assembly tables, storage (wood, clamps, stuff), etc. in what may be the new space. I’m sure there are some obvious relationships as to what should be near what, what amount and configuration of working space is best for specific machines to maximize safety and work processing, and more.
Does anyone have suggestions of resources I can check to give me ideas. I know the decision is mine and there are probably many “right” answers but I’d appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!
It just dawned on me to list the larger tools that I have and need to position. They are: table saw, band saw, drill press, jointer, planer, router table (currently in the right side of the table saw), chop saw, Powermatic lathe w/ 2 mini lathes for buffing, grinder for lathe, belt/disk sander table, scroll saw, and drum sander. Compressor and dust collection are in another room for noise reduction. Then I have the usual hand tools and supplies as well as some jigs (dovetail, Kreg, etc) that I temporarily mount onto a work bench for use.