Airfieldman's first woodshop #2: Tool Placement

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Blog entry by Pete posted 01-09-2013 06:25 PM 5511 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I said, I started with just putting my tools in. I didn’t think “work flow”. I didn’t think “convenience”. I did think about space for in/out-feed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to move stuff. And since none of my tools at the time were “mobile” it was a PITA for sure.

I stumbled onto the article by Matthew Teague “Smart Shop in a One-Car Garage” which helped a lot. In fact, I ended up with a layout very similar to his:

In his, he has a chop saw where I have my bench. My saw with out-feed/assembly table are in the same location, but turned 180°. This worked for a while, as those were my only big items. Until I bought my band saw.
I should also mention my dust collector. I am lucky in that there is a bonus space at the rear of my shop. It’s about the size you’d expect for a water heater, but my house has been converted to a tank-less. So, the dust collector (with my Thien dust separator) fits wonderfully. Above that, I added a shelf for scraps. In the below picture, you can see that I later moved my compressor to the same area. What you can’t see there is the cord real mounted to the ceiling. This works wonderfully.

The next tool I added was my drill press. Now I’m starting to have a problem. Or, problems…First and foremost: space. But running a close second is power outlets. In the below picture I have an outlet on the right, just inside the garage door, and three, on the opposite wall, evenly spaced.

So, to use the drill press, I had to run power. I didn’t like that. So I ended up moving the drill press down in front of the garage door. Then I added a jointer. Really at a loss of where to put that. I decided that the two main sources of dust/chips would be my saw and my jointer. So, I moved my band saw down to in front of the garage door (which by this time is no longer a door…but more on that next blog) making room for the jointer between my TS and the dust collector.

And that is how it stands today: Drill press and band saw flanking the rear, table saw and table along the wall with a window, followed by my jointer and then the dust collector. On the opposite wall is just my “bench” which isn’t worth anything other than junk collection.

So far, this is better, but still a PITA for using my DP and my BS. I have to work on those yet.

Next entry: shop upgrades.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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