Shop reorganization time #1: Time to get the shop cleaned up!

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Blog entry by Thedustydutchman posted 01-09-2022 05:12 PM 434 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well today I went and picked up a nice shop vac, dustopper and a bunch of attachments to go with. I’m going to use this for now before I set up my big dust collector. However…..this has now prompted me to clean and reorganize my shop. I’ve been unhappy with my layout more and more so its time to do something about it! I have one more project to finish up and then it’s time to start over on my shop layout. I have wayyyyy to much waisted space and way to many flat surfaces that collect nothing but junk. It will probably end up taking entirely too long but its time. I hooked the new dust collection up to test it out and it works surprisingly well. I will need to build a mobile cart to hold it all though so I’m researching that now. Wish me luck!

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#1 posted 01-09-2022 07:30 PM

Well good for you!

At least you”have* a layout. I have more of a pileup.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 01-09-2022 08:22 PM

Pull everything out. Replace each item in the order you would normally use them on a project.

Start at the main door and go around. Normally start with wood storage, and chop saw for rough length. Then planer, TS, sanders, & finishing in that order. 2ndary stations on wheels. If you standardize on mobile base, say 2’x2’, and adjust base heights to match the TS, then you can stack & reorder as needed. Each tool’s bed, being at the same height, can be used as an aux support. Plus no lifting between stations.

Raw stock in, once around the shop, and back out as finished goods.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 01-09-2022 09:42 PM

My shop has a weird space layout, its im my basement that is sorta chopped up into 3 rooms. My main goal is to make better use of the space. When I first set it up I made a huge wrap around bench that takes up a ton of space. I’m considering removing this and having my tools more mobile but honestly not sure I like that idea or not. I will be making a bunch of drawings to figure out the best use of space. I have tools I can’t even use because of the setup now.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#4 posted 01-10-2022 02:47 AM

Have to admit, I like having a lot of work surface. It does get cluttered at times, but I appreciate having the ability to lay things out in planning, and for bigger projects, it can be a necessity to keep moving forward.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 01-10-2022 04:07 AM

Put the tools on wheels so they can be moved around as needed based on the job at hand….......Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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