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08-08-2007 11:54 PM

Iam starting to place tool (I mean tools). I am starting with TS, Jionter, Plainer, Drill Press, band saw, bench. I have placed some things. Am i on the right track. how much space is need for tool. I wood like some ideas.
in my shop on paper i have 2 heating sources : wood stove, lp furnace. closet with vacuum, seperater (55gal drum), air compresor. A vac sweep on wall. TS,jionter. wood storage
doted lines are 4’ from each other!!!!!

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#1 posted 08-08-2007 11:57 PM

I am sorry about pic i can not get them to view bigger…..........ideas

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#2 posted 08-09-2007 12:59 PM

you’re on the right track – because you are planning!!

I am of no help to you though.. I’m sure the other LJ’s will have a wealth of info to share with you

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#3 posted 08-09-2007 01:47 PM

What are you planning to put in the room off of the back to the left? With the tablesaw most suggest an 8’ area around the front, back and at least one side so that you can cut sheet goods. The wood rack is usually suggested to be located near your jointer and planer and/or miter saw if you have one so that you can pull it from the rack, joint it, plane it and cut to length in an assembly line type setup. You may want to consider this type of setup along the rear wall(if you can move the toilet to say the right corner). I tried magnifying the drawing, but can’t make out the measurements to see the total length of that wall. My tablesaw and planer are located in front of the rollup door. This allows me to get good lighting and a endless amount of room to work with when planing and/or sawing lumber. My door is on the south side of my shop in which I get a breeze from time to time, also. You will find that once you begin using your equipment that you will probably move it a couple of times to improve efficiency depending on what your operations are. I’ve moved mine at least three times and still haven’t gotten the perfect setup, but it is pretty good.

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#4 posted 08-09-2007 04:16 PM

Buy mobile tool bases.

Grizzly’s website has an application where you can place tools virtualy. You can do the same in sketchup in a 3-d space you might try that as well.

How big is your shop?

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#5 posted 08-09-2007 10:50 PM

shop is 20’x24 stove is at back on 20’ wall. dc closet is 7’4,, lines that run through building are 4’ apart

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#6 posted 08-10-2007 09:15 AM

This isn’t gonna be too helpful, but here we go: You have a really nice sized shop and with the stove in the back it won’t be in the way…once you set up your equipment and you start using it, you’re gonna get a really good feel for where things need to be, for you. It’s kinda like what oscorner said about how he’s moved his machinery around and is still working it out.

You’re lucky to have quite a bit of space and probably won’t have to move stuff around too much once you get settled on where you like it. I only have a 12×17’ shop and and have to roll out my planer and jointer for use. Table saw is prety set, with a door behind me and about 10-12 feet in front of it (on the outfeed side). If I had the space, I’d love to have the jointer be able to sit just to the left of the saw, since their kinda companions. Also, I’d love to have the planer in an area with at least 6-8’ (or more would be even better) in fron and behind it, but as it is I only have one of those spots, and of course the table saw takes it due to its frequent use.

The bandsaw usually sees shorter work so I’m totally content tucking it in the corner where it can be used, and rolled out to the middle of the shop for the bigger stuff.

Sorry to ramble on, just wanted to give you a sense of what I’ve felt were important considerations (to me), as I’ve acquired the basic ww machines over the last few years…

It’s great that you have the dust collection tucked in the closet and that you have adequate (or more than…) heating sources.

Good luck and maybe take some pics of the real thing so we can get a feel for how it’s shaping up in there! And the outside too!

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

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#7 posted 08-10-2007 06:44 PM

thanks for the ideas they sound good. as a new dad thing have been going slow, but I guess the journey is worth the trip in this case. the front is almost done(it is my wife ginny pig, To what she wants to the rest of the house like. so it is just front of shop. yes i have been taking pic. I hope to get heater and stove in location and piped next week.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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