the space is defined, now on to the shop layout...

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Blog entry by Mark posted 09-16-2017 08:19 PM 679 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. New here, well new to posting. Done lots of snooping.

Anyways, our family recently chose to move and downsize. Our house is a modest 850sf, but has a usable basement, but no garage. Soooo as part of our plan, im building it. Basically a 18×24 ft pad, 1 car space inside, carport space outside and room for a small, but dedicated, 18×12ft shop.

Given those confines, I’ve got a blank slate to work with and as I’ve been working on designing it thought i should get some more experienced input.

I’ll post some pics, if i canfigure it out, to give a sense of the space and some sketches of my plans. Right now the space is open 2×4 to the inside so the sky’s the limit as far as options go. High ceiling on the shop side. Here is a list of things I plan on including and some wishlist items. I’ll be building this as i go.

Things planning on for sure:
. sheet storage
. long board storage on wall, pipe system
. dust collection
. plumbed compressed air
. lots of power everywhere
. long miter station on 18’ wall
. big table saw/ router table/ assembly table that will nest under miter station long wal

Tools I use most often:
. table saw
. miter saw
. all my cordless stuff
. kreg jig

I’ll be buying a drill press and right now either a scroll saw or smallish band saw.

Here are some pics and rough layout plans:

Plans to follow…

I’d love thoughts and feedback. As I’m currently in a good place to make some decisions!

Thanks, mark

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#1 posted 09-18-2017 08:20 PM

Looks like a great space with lots of options. I really like the natural light too.

Suggestions? Think ‘workflow,’ or the steps needed to turn raw stock into finished goods. That’s the way most planning exercises begin. Aside from that, there are practical concerns like power vs. hand tool spaces, dust-creators vs. finish areas, and even tool storage. Then there’s the workbench area, where you’ll spend the majority of your time. Are you considering portioning the space in any way to define work areas?

Lots to think about, and there are few wrong answers as long as it works for you and supports the way you want to work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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