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Forum topic by Spikes posted 05-10-2018 08:45 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Spikes

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05-10-2018 08:45 PM

Hi,

I have a section of a shed to dedicate to woodworking, floor is concrete and cannot have conduit/power lines underneath. Most tools will need to operate “in the middle of the shop” so wall outlets don’t seem to be a good idea unless I want to have extension cables across the floor, which may actually be ok, but pipes definitely are not.

So the only viable solution seems to be drops from the ceiling, which has a bunch of beams running across every 8ft I could latch on. The problem with this is how to come down for things that are going to be stationary and have collection at the bottom like the table saw.

In some shop tours I saw people with columns and pipes running across that and the table saw/tool sitting a foot or so away from it. However I’m concerned that if I have a column connected to/close to the TS/outfeed table that will eventually get in the way of making cuts.

What’s people’s favorite layout/arrangement to solve this sort of problem?

thanks,

Spike

-- Don't worry about making progress, worry about practicing. If you practice you will make progress even if you don't want to.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-11-2018 10:52 AM

Here’s the approach I’ve taken in my last 2 shops and the current one (pictured). I put the putlets in the center (more or less) of the ceiling, then install the duct work. The extensions are run along the ducting. The center tree has always been to the right end of the table saw (52” fence) and has never been a problem. That would be different is I had the router installed in the extension…but I’m not set up that way. Hope this is clear enough to see some of the detail.

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#2 posted 05-11-2018 05:30 PM

Hello Fred,

thanks for chiming in. pic is a little small but along with your comment it makes a lot of sense and was pretty much what I envisioned. And I would had much gone for that if it wasn’t that I was looking into adding the router mode you mentioned on the right wing. I guess the two things (pillar on the right of the TS and router mode) aren’t simply compatible and since I don’t see a better solution for the column/power/duct work, I’ll just have to change my plans for the router table I guess.

I mean one option would be to put the column at the other end of the outfeedtable/workbench and maybe have the planer/jigsaw connected there, leaving the two long sides of the workbench free, but then again I wonder if it’ll get in the way. That said, if that was the case, I could flip the TS around and do something else with the router table, ending with the same solution as in the pic.

-- Don't worry about making progress, worry about practicing. If you practice you will make progress even if you don't want to.

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#3 posted 05-11-2018 05:52 PM

Don’t know if this will help, but here’s the other side of that central drop. There are 3 tools connected there, the planer, the TS and an RAS. The TS has 2 connections. I’ve downsized these photos to speed up things, that’s why they are so small…apologies.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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