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My workshop is squeezed into a single car garage. To exacerbate the lack of space, one wall has two 3' X 6' windows which take away more wall space. Now, with the whining out of the way, let me say that I'm very comfy with the way things are arranged. On one corner near the garage door I have my dust collector system. This unit has a quick-connect on the hose end and I plug it into my joiner or planer when they are in use. This works well for me since I don't have room for either one to occupy center floor space. They both are pushed up against the wall or door when not in use. In the opposite corner I have my clamp collection and below the wall mounted clamp rack, my air compressor. Next to the air compressor is the storage space for my Rigid surface planner. It is mounted atop a movable, 4 drawer chest. Next is a work surface with cabinets above and below. This has yet to be painted, but will be eventually. Next to the cabinets is my Freud compound, sliding miter saw. The drawers in the adjacent cabinet are designed to be the same height as the miter saw table surface. I can open one or more drawers to provide support for long boards. I have an extension fence that affixes to the other side of the miter saw cabinet. I can easily work with 12' lumber using this setup. Oh yes, the miter saw cabinet rolls out so that the fence is flush with the cabinet when in use. The end wall with the shelves and storage containers is under construction at this time and will eventually contain two 6 drawer storage units. Between the windows, opposite the miter saw and work surface, I have a wall unit and when I get my workbench completed it will store under the wall unit. Next is my Rigid TS3660 table saw which I love. It can be pulled toward the center of the workshop for wider boards or left in place for most use. I can rip 8' long boards with the garage door down. Longer rips require shuffling the saw location or opening the door. The cabinet under the drill press houses my shop vac. Working in a small area has taught me to plan ahead if I don't want to drag the same equipment out repeatedly. I'm into the third month of my renovation and still don't have a place for my dedicated mortiser, router table or bench grinder. I'm thinking of building one of those universal bases that I can move these things on to and off of as needed. I must say that things have worked out much better than I thought when I started last winter. I'll update as change occur.

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Great looking space. Thanks for the pictures.
 

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You have a nice shop space in which to work. I like the way you used the corner space by the garage door. Usually this is just dead space but putting the dust collector in there makes efficient use of this area. It looks as if you have organized your tools well.

Thanks for the post. The shop tour was nice to see.
 
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