Need some advice of shop layout

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Blog entry by jfk4032 posted 01-19-2016 10:48 PM 2385 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen so many of you with amazing shops and I’ve always been apprehensive to put mine together properly…I don’t have extensive carpentry skills, but I’m learning a lot. Now is the time I’ll start. I have a 20 1/2 foot area along a wall to put in a long bench to house a chop saw, router table and a radial arm saw, as well as some much needed storage drawers. I’m planning an underneath well to house a rolling trash bin and another well to use as a chair/desk area to draw and cut patterns out on. I may eventually put in cabinets above, but first things first. I played around in sketchup and have a basic idea of fitting to space, but would like to draw on everyone’s expertise in this area. I don’t have the actual bench top drawn in, but it will overhang the 26” that’s in there for the carcass depth (just an arbitrary depth) and there will be a 3” deep and high toe kick area.

What is a good comfortable depth for the carcasses and the bench top?
For drawer slides, what is a good depth for common full extension hardware?
How much space should I leave for the chop saw fence extension/rulers? Should they go to the right, left or both?
Does the layout make sense?
Any other suggestions?

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-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 12:19 AM

My only suggestions are if using drawer slides they should be heavy duty, and the height and depth of your benches should be comfortable for you to work without adding stress to your legs and back.

Oh yeah if using power tools dust collection and air purification should be first on your list.

Good luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 10:10 AM

I received two helpful suggestions about height, that I actually liked and used myself. First, make it same height as table saw. Second, make it height of your knuckles hanging loosely down (for working planes etc). One or the other of those two I try to use as needed.

Your layout looks great to me. Wish I had the space.

You could use the deadspace on right for a sharpening station.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 04:28 PM

First off, we must all get in our head (myself included) that a shop is never done. I’ve wasted a lot of time myself trying to find The Perfect solution before I get started so I don’t have a lot of redos. In the meantime, That’s all well and good, but the main design lesson I’ve learned on here is the shop is never done. Use it, decide how to improve it, make the improvements, use it, rinse, repeat.

The only advice I can give to your drawing is try to get your radial arm saw to the same height as your bench top so you can use it as support.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 01:56 PM

Wow. Can you sense my envy? Not so much of the layout above, although its show quality, but your ability to draw this on the computer!!! Very nice and make sure to show us the finished results!!


-- I'm him

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