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Project by azwoodman posted 04-28-2009 07:07 PM 5385 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a future project that I am planning on building in my 20×20 two car garage… It includes a workbench, cabinets, a torsion box assembly/outfeed table, a routing table and several other projects Im sure…

Here I have included a few pictures from sketchup where you can see the shop layout that I have put together. I would love any feed back that you have.


-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 07:29 PM

looks like a nice setup. good use of the space, with amp room to move around with no obstacles – I like that!

where’s the lumber storage going to be?

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 08:44 PM

Looks pretty good to me, but I’m wondering about the miter saw and planer location (if I’m seeing them right). I think you’d be better off with the miter saw where you have the planer now and then placing the planer on a cart with wheels so you can move it out when you need it. But hey, if that’s how you want it, go for it.

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 09:01 PM

Looks like a workable shop. Good luck in bringing it all together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 09:41 PM

Looks like a pretty nice lay out, very similar to mine. Wish I had the extra 6’ width you do. One has to work with what they have. There are only two things to consider different: 1. Your planer/base cabinet is nice but I would have put the miter saw there instead of the planer. I would use my miter saw alot more than my planer. 2. You could also build a catch table/storage cabinet/assembly table all in one that could sit in front of your table saw. This would free up more floor space for lumber storage or more equipment!

I am working on a new 14 X 21 shop right now. Because my shop is narrower than yours, I have to eliminate the base cabinet you have. I plan on placing the bench top planer, small drum sander, spindle/edge sander, mortising machine on platforms, under the miter saws 12’ counter. I will be able to use my mobile scissor lift table to pull out the machine I need and raise it to the height I want. Then the floor drill press, shaper (both mobile)will sit between the counter and the small lumber storage cabinet. The mobile jointer will go in front of the over head door like yours. The mobile floor band saw is where yours is but my table saw has to go against the other long wall. It also has casters if I need to move it some.

It will be interesting to watch each others shops grow. Take a look at my shop and see what you think?Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 10:01 PM

I don’t see clamp storage. You can’t have too many clamps. ;) You will also need a place to hang or store jigs. You can’t have too many jigs. Or maybe you can. ;) Like PurpLev said, you’ll need lumber or material storage. Sheets, rough stock, and cutoffs. It looks like you have a waterheater in the corner. Is there a furnace too? If you wall it/them in, I think you’ll have to have a vent to the outside that meets code.

Some people push their table saw closer to the garage door(s) and open the door when they need to cut plywood or longer pieces. This would open up space behind the saw that you can use for another bench and/or as a support to feed long stock through the tablesaw. Remember the slope of the floor.The farther apart the table/bench the greater the height difference to your saw. You might also put a router in the tablesaw top if you can. This will also save space so you don’t need a router table. Depends on how much you use it. The jointer looks like it needs more room to infeed/outfeed stock.

I have my bandsaw, planer, drill press, drum sander, and chop saw on mobile cabinets that store up against the wall. I can pull them out when I need them and the cabinets provides machine-specific storage. I also have my jointer on wheels. I try to do all of a project’s milling and rough cuts at the same time so I can put the machines away as I move through a project.

Enjoy your shop. Best wishes and good luck.

-- tim hill

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 10:05 PM

Very nice project. I especially appreciate the inlay work and carved ornaments. Well done!!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 11:38 PM

Hey Spencer
Every one always has there own approach to how they do things but I would think about your work order #1 bring in an store material ,I don’t see material storage #2 take material and rip or cross cut #3 joint edges #4 lay out to the bench or work table. Unless your bringing your material in the people door it might be better to have your table saw facing the garage door for better delivery of material and extended in-feed area.
Another thing I try to do is place my compressor and dust collection out side for floor space and noise plus safety as far as the compressor goes. Plenty of both 110 and 220 outlets if you can make things much easier plus you can rearrange the layout as you go. Also if you have the option put some openings in the floor to run electrical and dust collection especially to the table saw, I put openings about 8”wide and 12” deep in my concrete and put 1/4” plates over the top to run most the length of my shop. It’s great to put your shop together enjoy.



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#8 posted 04-29-2009 12:55 AM

Wow yey i have a similar size garage and i am still trying to bring my shop toghether.
~got any tips for a good layout like that on a small budjet

p.s. what about power outlets

-- Jesse s

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 02:58 AM

take advantage of the Right side of the table saw. You will never have a board stick out that side. I placed my jointer along that side since it needs a long open run also. I also then put the planer perpendicular to the end of the jointer facing the table saw table, but above the jointer bed. This makes a cluster and ability to use the outfeed table as a sorting table when jointing and planing. However I do have a 42×60 rolling work table in addition to the outfeed table. I try not to work on that table so it is always open for cutting, planing or jointing. I also have 2 single garage doors in a 24×24, and I built a floor to ceiling lumber rack on the one side to store material since I never use that door and I kept finding myself putting plywood up against it, this way I have studs to lean the plywood against and lumber storage above that.

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#10 posted 04-29-2009 04:00 AM


Jim brings up a good point. Make sure you plan out the dust collection system. Those hoses, elbows, and straight runs take up space.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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#11 posted 04-29-2009 04:33 AM

looks GREAT. I just built a new home had a 20 X 20 shop put in the back yard. I’m still in the planning stage and haven’t moved my tools in yet. I need to put down an epoxy floor covering first. I like the way you have things laid out and I might use some of your ideas.

Here’s an idea of my own. If you build a roll out miter saw/planner station, the two tools could reside in the same space. I’ve seen plans all over the net for them. The planner sits underneath (open at both ends to use it where it sits) and the miter saw sits on top. Just roll it out when you what to plane some boards. There are plans for one version here:

Post some pix when it finished

-- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellance, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle~

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#12 posted 04-29-2009 07:06 AM

I like the interchangeable chop saw and planer location, that’s brilliant. I see clamp storage on the left of the tool cabinet, and more space on the right for the rest of your clamps… I see the swing for the man door, and the item beside it towards the TV looks like it swings as well; is that sheet material storage?

The only things I’d change/add is a drill press, and a bigger jointer. Does anyone really think their jointer is too big?

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#13 posted 04-30-2009 05:06 AM

Man! You guys are great! I really appreciate all of your suggestions. I apologize for not giving a better description… Just to kind of give you a little bit of an overview:

The yellow on the ground indicates the swinging interior door and the sheet goods storage.
I like the idea of the rolling miter/planer station… I’ll probably make that change as well as turn the table saw around to get the increased infeed room by opening the garage door.

I plan on having a mobile DC, jointer, router station, and bandsaw. Ideally the tools wouldnt have to move but could in a pinch. The DC would just be moved to each station as the tool was being used.

The clamp collection is located beside the workbench. I would probably use some of the other wall space for jigs (maybe eliminating the cabinets above the sheet goods storage) and MORE clamps!

The planer I am planning on getting is a steel city 8” planer with the granite fence and helical cutter heads (as long as my mind doesnt change… lol!)

I am planning on having the air compressor in the attic with hoses dropping down to the table saw, miter/planer station as well as the workbench area. I have a buddy who is an electrician and in an ideal world, i would have him add a sub panel to the house just for the shop with a few 220 plugs and several 110 outlets for powered hand tools. Since I am in arizona, it gets super hot in the garage without any ac so I’ll probably put a small unit in there as well.

I might run some DC in the attic as well… I need to study up a bit on what would be the best situation for that…

I love the suggestions! You guys are seriously awesome!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#14 posted 05-03-2009 07:07 AM

2 car garage? where’s the 2 cars?? Good setup, like the cabinet above the workbench.

-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio

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#15 posted 07-06-2009 01:55 AM

Nice setup. I am just getting into woodworking myself and just started teaching myself sketch. Where did you find all the tools in sketchup? I assume you didn’t draw them all.

-- Chris

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