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Forum topic by Partridge posted 07-28-2007 01:58 AM 1198 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2007 01:58 AM

My shot I am taking over. 20×24
need help setting up. ect(110-220),lighting, tool placementt. i have until Oct. woodworking show in Portland,OR


drill press (bench top)
router table (bench top)
hand tool
skill saw, drill, ect.
2hp dust collector 220v

going to get:

table saw (sawstop) 32” 220v (wife will not let me get anything else!)

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#1 posted 07-28-2007 02:02 AM

Hmmm. The drawing is real small. Any consideration to getting a bandsaw? Have a work bench?

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#2 posted 07-28-2007 06:57 AM
was late getting out of work.

yes considered a band saw. A work bench is one of the projects I want to do.

‘o’ did I mention I bought 1000bf of Maple mostle 7in wide. Also have some wide stuf and very figered planks.
all rough. good deal ($600)

but before I can buy more stuff iI have to get in my shop.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#3 posted 07-28-2007 09:43 AM

There’s a lot of info on shops over at

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 07-28-2007 02:23 PM

Sounds like you are asking for basic layout advice … so let I’ll throw out a few ideas based on what I see you’ve got avail. These are by priority … based on what I do and how I work … may vary depending on what you do.

1. Power – Just as a rule of thumb … I try to set things up in my shop so I can run everything without extension cords. Yes, I do use an extension cord now or then … but about 90% less than I did in my first shop. That being said, a lot would depend on where the outlets are and whether the shop has 220V outlets already installed … or needed them. If I was using outlets that are already installed … that would probably dictate where my table saw and dust collector went … and I would place everything else in relation to those two pieces of equipment. If I didn’t have 220v outlets and was having them installed … read on

2. Wood Storage – Who knows, maybe it has something to do with the fact that deep down at heart, I’m truly a lazy ass … but wood storage would be my next consideration. I personally like my wood rack as close to the door as possible … not only saving my back from having to cart loads of lumber across my shop … but in the off chance I have things laying around (insert eye roll) ... it reduces my chances of knocking something over and damaging it as I make my way across the room with an 8’ board. If I had a roll up door (as it looks like you may, from the picture) ... you can bet the farm my wood rack would be on either wall adjacent to it …

3. Table Saw – I personally like my table saw as close to my wood rack as possible … placed so I can rip boards along the length of the shop. Again, I may be a lazy ass … but I hate having to lug large boards across the room … and since … more often than not … my first step is usually cutting rough lumber down to more manageable pieces … the table saw and lumber rack are tied at the hip. (Note: if you had listed a Radial Arm Saw or Miter Saw … they would have fit in this spot for the same reason).

4. Jointer – Based on your drawing … my jointer would be placed along the wall opposite the lumber rack. That way, once I made my initial rough cuts on the table saw … I could simply scoot over to the jointer … then back again. Keep in mind, by putting the jointer and table saw close to the roll up door might allow you to save some space in the shop because you can open the door to give you more room when ripping or jointing longer boards.

5. Planer – Now we’re getting a little tricky … are we talkin’ about a portable or a stationary? If it’s a portable model, I’m probably putting it on it’s own mobile base next to the jointer so it can be rolled out of the way when not in use … if it’s a floor model … I’m putting it in line with the out feed side of the table saw along the length of the room … again, lazy ass says … keep it simple … since almost everything I’m planing will be coming off the table saw …

6. Dust Collector – now like I said … power would have a lot to do with the placement. But, if this thing is going where I want it in my shop (I would prefer to have it outside my shop) ... I want it fairly close to the center of the wall with my jointer so that dust collector is fairly close to the four things I’m going to depend on it the most for … table saw, jointer, planer, and router table. Router table?

7. Router table – this would probably sit next to or at least on the same wall as the jointer and dust collector. I know it sounds like there is a lot going on this wall … but with 24’ of space … there should be more than enough room … and should simplify your dust collection.

8. Work Surfaces – when I redesigned my shop … I finished off the wall with the lumber rack by running a simple 2X4 bench with MDF/hardboard top along the rest of the wall (based on this). It was fairly cheap and provides a ton of work space that you don’t have to pamper. My hand tools air compressor, and portable power tools are stored either under table or on the peg board above it. And to finish off your list … that’s where my table top drill press and grinder are as well.

9. Workbench/assembly table – If you haven’t noticed by now … I’ve left the back wall empty … this is where my workbench/assembly table would go … not against the wall … but set away from the wall so that you can approach the bench from all sides .. and if you use that back wall to store your clamps you should have everything you need relatively close at hand. (note: this may have to move a bit if you have that stationary planer since that’s probably not going to leave enough room)

10. Lighting – I’d have two sets of fluorescent lights running down the center of the shop … one over the front of the shop roughly over where the table saw sits … and the other over the back or roughly where the workbench sits. I also picked up three of those extendable/bendable desk lights fairly cheap and mounted them to my peg board so that if I’m working on something on my 2X4 workbench … I can position them as need be. Some portable halogen work lights with an adjustable tripod base are also nice to have handy.

Don’t know if this helps any … but just thought I’d give ya some thoughts … think I covered everything on your list.

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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