Shop Remodel #2: Making use of new space - shop layout

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 09-27-2014 03:29 AM 1656 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop is 16×20 which sounds like a decent size except only about half is usable for woodworking, the other half is storage, lumber, etc.

Here is how I started the week.

This is where I’m at.

This is where I think I want to be. Anything outside the shop (except A/C) are things I don’t have a place for. Anything in dashed lines doesn’t exist yet but I might build. The red line is where I have electric, eventually it will run to the back half but at the moment there is none back there.

edit; new graphic

I’m open to suggestions.


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#1 posted 09-27-2014 05:49 AM

Looks like a good plan, wish I had that kinda room. 10×16 at the largest portion of my shop, working on expanding or something completely new, but currently have house to work on first. Im running my shop off a 100’ 10/2 extension cord as well.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 07:32 AM

Mine looks so much better on paper but yeah, I’m thankful for what I have.


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#3 posted 09-27-2014 01:21 PM

You can always make it look good on paper, but you have to get it set up to get the feel of it, and then there will probably be changes. All of my big power tools are on wheels like many other woodworkers so if I need to move something around or out of the way it can be done with little effort. My shop is a 14’ x 20’ with very little room to walk around but I manage with the aid of the mobility.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-27-2014 07:32 PM

Do you really have 3 miter saws? (pic 2) Or is that ONE miter saw with wings? :-)

And should that workbench w/vise and flip-top tool cart be showing INSIDE the shop? (pic 3)

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#5 posted 09-27-2014 07:53 PM

Yeah I have 3 miter saws. One I bought, the other 2 were gifts. All are Delta and not particularly accurate. One is an 8”, I keep it for portability, nice and light, good for nothing but 2×4s though. The other 2 are 10”. Thinking of putting an abrasive wheel for metal on one of them, I know they are too fast for metal and it will probably ruin the saw (eventually) but what the hay. If I could trade all 3 for one better miter saw, I wouldn’t hesitate.

The flip top isn’t built yet so I didn’t place it in the shop. Who knows when I will get around to it. And the workbench behind my tablesaw doesn’t exist. I need an outfeed table but also want a real woodworking bench, if possible I want to combine the two.

I’m really on the fence about the 3rd workbench. It’s my favorite of the 3 that were in there but it’s not a woodworking bench just a laminate countertop with a kitchen cabinet under one end. But it would be handy for working on tools since I can just wipe it down with degreaser. I’ll probably keep it and leave it in the back left corner where it is now (2nd pic).

What isn’t shown in the pictures is all the wood/lumber, I’m drowning in it. Most is construction lumber or plywood, stuff I use up slowly. Some is furniture that is partially disassembled that will be used for other projects. If I removed all the lumber, plywood, furniture, it would free up about 50% of the space.


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#6 posted 09-27-2014 11:56 PM

Small spaces really makes you take note of what your really want to save and store. I have all kinds of stuff hanging from the ceiling to save space.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 10:10 AM

Rick M,
my own workshop is only 16×12ft. so like yourself use of space is premium.
Is your table-saw on wheels,
looking at your plans I would think about rotating table-saw 90degrees,
gives you a wee bit extra room for ripping.
Looking good nonetheless.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#8 posted 09-28-2014 04:44 PM

Tablesaw is stationary. A mobile base would be nice but at over 5’ long I’m not sure it’s practical.

I’m on the fence about rotating the saw. I’ve had it oriented toward the door for many years, so that I can bring wood through the door and rip it but I don’t do long rips very often and turning like the last pic would improve flow and available space considerably.


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#9 posted 10-01-2014 12:48 PM

You can get a good idea of where things will go, but, you’ll find many changes along the way. It’s always fun regardless of how you lay it out.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 10-01-2014 05:19 PM

I’ve already rearranged things a few times. Here is the shop as it currently sits. It’s already a huge improvement and I have more things to do but right now I’m trying to get the small stuff & corded power tools sorted and put away so that I can make things while working on further improvements.


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