Workshop Development #45: Cleaning up my shop in preparation for the miter / mortising / storage station build.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-01-2012 03:48 AM 2876 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 44: I have achieved Sprayvana! Part 45 of Workshop Development series Part 46: Miter Saw / Mortiser station / Compressor enclosure / Storage bench work came to a grinding halt. »

Since I have been getting the business over talking about it and now showing any pics, here are the pics… I did a big cleanup of the mess of a shop, got the compressor stashed reasonably out of the way, but accessible. I have so much more to do but it now involves builds, not cleaning!

Both of my clamshell cabinets are up and in use. I use almost every last square inch of space inside and on top of them.

You can see the compressor stashes in very nicely next to the water softener / Reverse Osmosis system.

The workshop library cabinet, it stays put, but that strong tie workbench beneath it is history. I am planning on replacing the top front stretcher. I have a friend that does a LOT of auto repair and this bench is perfect for that!

The Grizzly air filter, and the clamp / lumber racks in the distance.

The planer and scroll saw stashed under the workbench. Not sure, but I might end up converting the bench, and the wide table for the table saw into a single large workstation cabinet.

The BT3100 / wide table with Ridgid shop vac and Thien separator underneath. Those last two will pose a storage problem in the long term!

My 12 inch slider and my drill press… The slider will go on the new cabinet, but the drill press, gets a base cabinet. The stuff stowed on that little shelf between the doors goes in that drill press base cabinet.

My 2HP 29 gallon upright compressor.

Another view of the compressor. It is well worth considering if you are looking for this size class compressor.

The reason I had to move my planer is that I have stock on my lumber rack that is too long for the space, so I moved the planer in favor of long stock…

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 06:51 AM

biggest longest ryobi saw i have ever seen where did you get it I have not seen this model at big orange

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#2 posted 07-01-2012 11:28 AM

DB you could almost play a game with your photos “hence”, pick out anything in the photos that don’t belong in a wood working shop. LOL

I see a fish net and some bicycles for starters. LOL
Anything non woodshop related gets thrown out of my shop, if it doens’t pertain to wood working then you won’t find it in there. :)

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 12:44 PM

I’m with you on keeping non-woodworking stuff out of the workshop. It isn’t consistent with the dignity of the craft!

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 03:32 PM

Hey, that shop is really starting to get some character! You are steadily getting ahead of issues that come with a dual purpose shop. Good show!

The little shop here is already forming up, with its major attribute being mobile and compact. I have three Husky X sawhorses, and can rig a plywood work table in about two minutes with two of them and a couple of clamps. And put stuff away just as fast. The Festool stuff with their Systainers are made for this type of situation. But I still need a moble stand for the miter saw. The band saw rolls in and out of a corner.

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 04:16 PM

Looks as though you are getting a handle on your compromises.

Mobility and well thought out placement of shared storage spaces is the key to enjoying your passion for woodworking in a mulitasking garage.

Everyone can’t dedicate their family 2 car garage or build a 40’x60’ barn, just for woodworking, so you keep heading in the right direction and you will reach your Happy compromise.
Think of it as a good Marriage and accept those things that make it work well.

Perfection is but a preception. – Len

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 06:12 PM

Okay to answer the questions.

That table saw is a Ryobi BT3100-1, no longer offered by Ryobi, it is a discontinued model. I bought it used, but they had stopped selling them about 6 years ago now. It is equipped with the wide table kit, 2 dual miter slot tables, and wide table legs. I have also fitted it with an assortment of throat plates both zero clearance and dado, as well as a Shark Guard with a 4” port.

Yes there are some non shop things in there. I do not yet have the shed I desperately need, that will be coming, just not yet. Electrical and insulation is first, THEN a shed. One full shelving unit, and 3/5 of the other one are full of stuff that has nothing to do with woodworking, but then again this shop isn’t just a woodworking shop either. If it were I wouldn’t have a need for all the auto tools now would I ?

The fishing net needs to get wet, It spends WAY too much time in the shop. Just glad my poles aren’t in there right now!

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#7 posted 07-01-2012 08:31 PM

Couldn’t help myself, I think that was the Loki side coming out of me. :)

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 10:51 PM

No worries about Loki here…

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#9 posted 07-02-2012 01:46 AM

The debate continues, and probably will for quite some time. My wife teeter totters on wanting me to keep the shop in the garage, presumably because it is more secure than a stand alone building, yet she keeps hinting she will likely want to park the next car in the garage… We will be adding a shed but I would be pushing, HARD to get approved for a 12×16. I do have some designs in place that would work with that size limit, but it’s a little bit smaller than I would be comfortable with… I really could make a 12×20 work well though… I will likely get the 12×16 in for storage, and make the current shop mobile enough to scoot everything over to one bay for vehicle storage when the need arises…

For now, lawn and garden, and bikes that sort of thing are in the shop… This is NOT the long term situation…

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 08:12 AM

It’s a never ending quest, just when you think you have it all done, something else comes along to spoil the party.

I have had my shop two years now and still haven’t had the chance to install the dust collection system. I got it part way started then the good lady insisted on the kitchen remodel. I hope to complete it come the end of summer.

Good luck with all your plans.

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#11 posted 07-03-2012 01:46 AM

I took our three car garage and cleand all the junk out and stored all the storage in the new shed I built 10×12 the limit the city allows without a building permit . I did all the work and the wife says its her shop too I told her to jump in the lake this is my shop you can do anything you want in your house but this is my shop and stay out

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