Stupidity presents an opportunity for a total shop reorganization! #2: A blank slate...

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Blog entry by PlanBWoodworks posted 10-01-2018 02:35 AM 934 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At the end of my previous entry, my shop had been torn to pieces. A new table saw had forced me to rearrange everything. I took this opportunity to implement several changes to my workshop that I had been wanting to make for quite a while. First, I took down the pegboard that I had on one of the side walls. In its original position, my miter saw station was directly below the access to my attic. That meant that anytime I needed to enter my attic to change AC filters, I had to dismantle the station, fold up the wings and wheel the say cabinet out of the way. This meant that I had to realign my fence every time. It was a real PITA. Moving the pegboard to the rear wall would allow me to move my miter saw station to the side wall, and allow me access to attic without dismantling anything.

I also wanted to change my dust collection setup. My dust collector, a HF 2 HP unit with a Super Dust Deputy, was originally built to be mobile so that I could wheel it around from tool to tool. I had eventually decided to install PVC duct work to make it more stationary. I had one line that ran to my miter saw and another line that ended in a flexible hose that I moved to each tool as needed.

With the introduction of a cabinet saw, I wanted my dust collection to be permanently attached to the table saw. Also, I was never thrilled it’s th miter saw dust collection, and wanted to make some improvements there. Finally, I knew that I needed a third line that could be moved to my jointer, planer, router table and band saw.

I was able to reduce the length of my dust collector cart by reducing the length of hose between the filter/collection bags and the impeller housing. Removing the casters also reduced the height. I ran a new main line from the collector down the side wall where my miter saw station was going to be. I split a trunk off for the miter saw, another for the table saw, and a final for flex hose to my mobile tools.

On to the miter saw station. After dismantling the previous station, I built a new one from 3/4” ply. I built an extension table and fence that was tall enough to house my previously constructed 2 sided storage cabinet and router table. I also built a new cabinet to house the saw, a drawer below the saw to catch sawdust and cutoffs and several other drawers for storage. I built a new fence and outfitted it with t-track and a stop block. As I was previously unhappy with my dust collection at the miter saw, I wanted to make some changes. I installed a dust hood above the saw and also installed some hinged panels that would hopefully contain most of the dust, but be able to move to allow for full bevel/angle movement.

To complete the miter saw station, I built a conduit lumber rack in the space above the fence. This greatly imp over my lumber storage capacity.

In the next installment, I will assemble my new table saw and construct an outfeed table, and will discuss what other changes I have in mind.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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