I too just added a Powermatic planer to my shop and am having trouble organizing everything. My shop is 24' X 40' so it should have lots of room, but it is suffering from clutter. Is there any guidlines or maybe articles that would help put the machinery in its proper space?Revamping my Dust Collector ductwork
I just put this into this series to tie things together, but it's not in the proper order, so bare with me..
Today, 6/21/2007, I changed the name on this blog, so members could find it easier.
Things sure get haphazard, & messed up when you by a new piece of equipment, especially when you're cramped for space. I bought a new planer about a year ago, & I've been in a tangle ever since.
The first thing I had to do was rearrange all my power tools. After that I had to relocate all of my dust collector ductwork. I decided to replace the 4" plastic pipe with sheet metal. I also bought some new fangled blast gates from Penn State Industries, equipped with switches that turn on the dust collector when each gate is opened.
With the new pipe I ran a 5" main line the length of my shop, branching branching off with 4" to each machine. After cranking it up , & running it the first time, I notice the system seemed much quieter. I guess using a 5" main cut down on the friction.
Now that this is done I need to straighten out the rest of my shop, & start producing.