Journey to a better workshop #1: Making plans - looking for ideas / resources

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Blog entry by Lalen posted 09-13-2017 10:48 PM 1157 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Journey to a better workshop series Part 2: layout #945 - suggestions welcome »

So for the past 16 months or so (since I started setting up a woodworking shop) I have been sharing a 2 car garage with my wife’s car, my Harley and my Son’s Honda shadow.

Well… I finally bought a new shop… and it has rooms attached that we can live in! We haven’t closed on it yet, so probably a month or so to plan before we move in!

It hast has a 3 car garage and a separate protected space I can park the motorcycles. Here is the garage layout today.

I plan to build a wall to separate the single space from the double garage which will become the shop. The electrical panel is right there on the current partial wall so adding power to the new wall will be a breeze.

Time to start planning workflow and tool layout! Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I will have the usual suspects (major tools)

Table saw
Band saw
Drill Press
Planer (Dewalt 735)
Miter saw
Lathe (small bench top for now)
Jointer (now I have room to buy one! hopefully 8”)
Dust collector

OH! and my wife said I can use her garage for a paint/finishing booth when needed! Whoo Hoo!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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#1 posted 09-13-2017 11:49 PM

I love it! “I finally bought a new shop… and it has rooms attached that we can live in!”
I gotta show the wife this one.
Good luck and if you need me I’ll be out in my shop that my wife likes to park her car in! :)

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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