The tiny shop chronicles: #3: Priorities

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Blog entry by SnowFrog posted 09-02-2011 02:08 AM 3110 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: What’s the shop for? Part 3 of The tiny shop chronicles: series Part 4: Shrink the workbench »

So after the little diversion explaining what the shop is for, in my last blog let’s get back to prioritization and my considerations for prioritizing; the bang for the buck and the annoyance factor. As many of you have already commented on, based on the shop pics, I have not yet tapped on the wall space available. So the slate is pretty clean (that is about the only thing that is clean). Its junky everywhere but all solutions remain open. So the list below represents what I think I need to do, to deal with the present situation. The list actually continues way at the bottom but these are extras i want to add, not things that are already there.

Below is a sketchup idea of what it should look like when it is done.

The TS/router workstation is shown out from under the outfeed/workbench/Assembly Table where it would be stowed when not in use.

So the priorities are:

1. Shrink the workbench (if you can call it that, it more a table top right now)
2. Mount the small shelves that are on the ground, up on the wall
3. Mount Peg board above the bench
4. Wood Rack (not the one in the sketchup at first)
5. Power Issues
6. Air Scrubber
7. Table Saw/Router work station
8. Clamp Rack
9. Sheet good rack
10. Wood chip pre-extractor
11. Outfeed/workbench/Assembly table (wood magazine)
12. Scrap Wood Bin
13. Manage my Miter Saw

A peek at the future

Now this constitutes the majority of the improvements to try to organize the shop with what it contains now. I still need to deal with many Jigs and router templates.

I have also thought that some kind of “between rafters” storage may help but I have no clue what I would put in there. Would it be storage for the sake of storage?

I truly don’t believe that in this tiny space I will have neither a jointer nor a planer. A jack plane may have to do and sticking with S2S lumber.

I think I would truly enjoy having a band saw but that is also a bit bulky and may have to wait. Or rather the re-sawing may have to wait. I have seen here and there a few jigs showing a jigsaw mounted upside down onto some sort of table, a jigsaw table I guess, that may facilitate cutting template and curved shapes that I sometime needs and find so hard to do currently. I even saw a custom tool like this made by Rockler I believe. The name escapes me right now.

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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