Workshop Update - March 2016

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Project by ADHDan posted 03-24-2016 06:17 PM 2243 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my small (11’x17’) workshop. I’m not sure I’ve seen another shop this small that manages to tetris in as much gear as I have. Current setup includes:

-Cabinet table saw with cast-iron router table extension and flip-up outfeed table.
-12” bandsaw.
-10” compound miter saw.
-Oscillating belt/spindle sander.
-Benchtop drill press.
-6” jointer.
-12.5” planer
-Pancake air compressor
-2 hp two-stage dust collector with 4” pipelines and blast gates for three tool drops.
-Shop-vac cabinet with two-stage dust separator.
-Workbench with dual vises.
-T-Track assembly table/tool cart.
-Sheet goods storage cart.
-Offcut lumber storage cart.
-Four large lumber racks.
-More than 100 clamps.
-Power tool storage shelf, hand tool pegboard storage, storage cabinets, and jigs.

Everything resting on the floor is on wheels, and I ran French cleats all along the walls and the exposed joists to permit quick and easy modifications. I also salvaged a bunch of old office cabinets to make tool stands with plenty of storage. I even glued rare earth magnets on push sticks, tool wrenches, paper clips, and other items I want to hang from the HVAC vent running down the length of the shop.

It’s small but quite functional. If I could change one thing, I’d like to have someplace better to store my sheet goods and large boards. Unfortunately, my garage is full as-is, and I’m already using my under-deck space to store a large number of live edge slabs. (Which is basically the woodworking equivalent of “1% problems.”)

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 09:05 PM

It seems like no matter what, you can always use a bigger shop. My first shop was my one car garage at my apartment complex. Then I purchased my first home, now I double the space and have my garage as a dedicated workshop. 7 month later im kicking my self because I wish I would’ve got a 3 car garage lol, but you make do with what you have. Just like you have and you’ve done well.

Storing sheet goods is always a pain to store in a small shop. What I’ve done (to save floor/ wall space) is I made a rack on my ceiling to store sheet goods. Although an absolute pain to put away or take down. Its worth it to free up space on the ground/ wall.

It does help to rip the sheet in half first tho and obviously can’t store as many sheets as you could other wise

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 11:49 PM

Great job on using your space. My space is also confined to some extent. If for whatever reason we all cannot have those large shops I really admire the folks who can find ways to have the toys and still do some great work. One thing for sure we always have to put things in their place in order to have room to play. Less mess that way. Bravo

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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