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Forum topic by jfeil posted 05-15-2018 12:58 PM 792 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2018 12:58 PM

Hi all. I just joined and am looking for shop layout ideas. I currently have a 32×40 shop. I will be building an addition that is 24×32x 12 minimum ceiling height that will be a devoted wood shop. I am looking for layout ideas in this footprint to maximize the space. I will be adding some homedepot type lumber racks for material storage. Items i plan to have in here will be:
mitre saw
dust collection
work station for builds
drill press
Im sure im missing some stuff. I will add a sketch soon to show what i am thinking. any input is greatly appreciated.Thanks,

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#1 posted 05-15-2018 02:50 PM

Try this...

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 03:00 PM

That’s awesome. I will check it out. Thanks

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#3 posted 05-16-2018 01:27 AM

I have a 30’ x 40’ x 10’h workshop and am in the process of putting together a woodworking area. Overall the work space is relatively compact and for the type of work I do, the functionality seems to be coming together quite well.

My assembly area / workbench / outfeed table is 4’ x 8’, with a 30” x 30” drop-down area to hold my oscillating spindle / belt sander, or my portable router table or scroll saw depending on my project needs. The next phase is to install a combination of drawers and shelving to hold the handheld tools as well as a variety of woodworking items beneath the work surface. I may also at some point add a vice or two to the workbench.

My bandsaw is on the end of the row and provides an ample area to work and in addition I have my sander located directly across from the saw for easy sanding as needed. Next in line is the radial arm saw that can also function as a support to catch longer pieces of wood once they leave the bandsaw if needed.

I just added the jointer last week and built a simple t-shaped support (used upside down) that I can place on the jointer bed to act as a support for longer pieces of lumber that may overhang on the right side of the radial arm saw. I can joint a 3’ section of wood or a 4’ section if it slides beneath the radial arm saw table with the jointer where it is, or utilize the easy-to-use wheel system to move the jointer to the right for much longer jointing.

My planer (Dewalt DW735) arrived this afternoon and I will be building a wheeled cabinet which will double as a dust collector for the planer. At the present I’m not sure where it will typically reside or be used, but it will likely end up to the right of the jointer and moved as necessary.

The table saw is at an end of the assembly / outfeed table and I sized the table height to be just below the saw and an anticipated future upgraded table saw.

My lumber storage is to the right of everything in the picture and at the present I have a variety of wood just stacked on the floor (raised several inches to allow airflow). This summer I will be dismantling an old one-room schoolhouse that is on my property and in the process I will be filling a large section of the shop with full thickness (8/4) oak of various widths (4” – 10”) that I will reclaim for a variety of projects (both for personal use and for sale) and will likely be filling the area where I was standing when I took the pictures with lumber.

My present ‘dust collector’ is a shop vac attached to a 5 gallon bucket with affixed Dust Deputy. It functions and I get by, but when it comes into the budget, I would like to install an actual dust collector system (most likely to the right of the line of the BS, RAS, jointer and planer. I may continue to use my present shop vac / Dust Deputy for the sander, router & scroll saw once I have a larger system in place though and it fits nicely at the end of the workbench where I can also use it to clean the top of the workbench as sell as easily wheel it around to other shop locations for general clean-up.

I also covered the floor area between my equipment and the workbench with interlocking anti-fatigue mats which makes a difference in the overall comfort level at the end of a day.

Enjoy your new shop and please share your design ideas and any pictures you can take. Would love to see it.

-- ~Art~

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#4 posted 05-16-2018 03:33 AM

What kind o WW’ing do you do? That will drive your layout needs to some extent

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#5 posted 05-16-2018 01:32 PM

Workshop layout is basically divided into milling & assembly/finishing.

I recommend with that space build a 12×14 insulated and climate controlled room where you can keep hand tools, acclimate lumber, and generally have a “man cave” type area to do drawings, and have a nice bench.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 05-16-2018 01:50 PM

We build raised garden beds. That will be the primary use so I kind of have any idea what I need for a work area, placement of machines for small projects/ furniture making is what I’m looking for and hindsight on what you guys wish you would have done differently. I already have a loft with a desk and office so that isn’t needed. I want to install my electric in the pad and possibly dust collection as well.

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#7 posted 05-16-2018 04:57 PM

I think if you are looking to set up something that will be suitable for general furniture building there are two things you might consider.

1) I like a work triangle between the table saw, jointer and RAS/chop saw. Those three tools are often used together when I work so I have them positioned just a few steps from each other. Speeds my workflow.

2). You can never have enough open space to assemble projects.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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