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Forum topic by HavanaNights561 posted 02-17-2019 11:36 PM 676 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2019 11:36 PM

Hey guys! So I am trying to see if you guys can help me come up with a plan here.. I just got out of the military and I am moving into a new home with a smaller garage than before. I had to sell all of my tools for the move so now I will be purchasing new ones.. However.. I was wondering if you guys can help me with the layout.. maybe get some tips.

I attached the measurements of the garage and some of the main stuff I’d love to have in it.. which definitely would be a miter saw station and some sort of table saw table. Thanks in advance! Any tips and suggestions appreciated!


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#1 posted 02-18-2019 12:30 PM

Make everything the same heights
Multifunction cabinets

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#2 posted 02-18-2019 02:18 PM

It looks like you are planning to put the table saw against the left hand wall. Table saws function best in the center of the shop so you can overhang in all directions. I am in the process of relocating and the shop space is a huge concern. I want to have the space at least 16’ wide and 20’ deep so I can swing 8’ stock around the TS. All the other machines revolve around this basic requirement but your project dimensions should determine your layout.

Good luck with your plan.

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#3 posted 02-18-2019 02:19 PM

Wheels, buy a bunch of locking ones from harbor freight. 3” if possible. The larger they are the better they roll over wood scraps on the floor. Small ones, when they hit a chip will act as though they’ve been wheel chocked.

Plugs, a block of two to four every 6/8 feet.

I’ve had wall benches with drawers but after awhile I realized my space was at a premium and taken up by these. I removed them and my shop center is my table saw with a 5×5 wheeled assembly/outfeed table. Now my other power tools (on wheels) are at the shop perimeter. I can pull things out to clean, and rearrange the ‘furniture’ when I want to for better flow. Most of my stuff is on the wall or in tall narrow cabinets. Drawers mostly become junk/sawdust collectors, or at the least disheveled. If you’re very organized maybe you can keep them neat and clean. But otherwise….

Also, over the years, I’ve built and rebuilt my miter saw station. Fixed, movable, wings, no wings… etc. After I got my new table saw I realized that it would do most stuff. Now my miter saw is mostly delegated to rough cutting long pieces down to size to work with. After that I purchased one of those foldable miter saw carts with wheels. Extensions extend out for long stuff. It folds up like an ironing board in about 10 seconds and it’s out of the way. That 11 ft width of you space will be a corridor after the miter saw station you’ve got. Just my experiences. Good luck.

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#4 posted 02-18-2019 02:51 PM

The miter saw station is taking up a lot of valuable counter space. Craftsman above has the right idea, make it portable; make everything portable. Hang cabinets on the walls using french cleats with mobile cabinets under the counter tops. Use the mobile cabinets for infeed/outfeed and build tables. Woodcraft Magazine, Oct/Nov 2011 issue features the Extreme Garage Shop Makeover” a lot of great ideas for a small movable shop.

If you have high ceilings, don’t let that space go to waste either. I have 12 foot ceilings with several 4×8 ceiling racks, and lumber rack storage in the space above the 18’ garage door.

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#5 posted 02-18-2019 03:15 PM

+1 on the miter saw station, monopolizing your space. In my shop I have a bench to the left of the saw that is lower than the height of the MS table. When I need support for stock at the saw I have a riser built that is the same height as the MS table, that I can place on the bench. I rarely have more than 20” or so to the left of the blade, when I do need to cut something longer, the MS is on a rolling stand, (not folding) & I angle the saw into the shop to get past the air compressor. For cuts with stop blocks, or other fine cuts I’ve got a few sleds for the TS which are my first choice for any furniture joints.

There are different opinions for drawers vs. wall storage, form my experience I learned that my wall space was much more valuable to me rather than having all of my tools out on pegboard. I found a good deal on a 5’ tall 42” wide tool chest on CL and moved the great majority of my tools into it. Most of the drawers are not very deep so they do not become the “Pits of Despair” and I’ve found it very efficient. Peg boards have now taken all of the tools that do not easily fit into a drawer and of course… just a few clamps…

Make sure to get the space above your roll up door for storage too, I mostly store paint & special use tools, paint, drywall, plumbing etc up there because its a pain in the butt to keep putting the door down to get stuff.

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#6 posted 02-18-2019 04:27 PM

What tools are you looking to buy?
Also think about swapping out tool base for a shop made base with drawers to keep all the tool accessories with the tool

I did this with all of my tools and it saves a bunch of wall and counter space

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#7 posted 02-18-2019 04:30 PM

Factor in good lighting and think about your power needs. I wired a sub panel into my garage shop and added a bunch of 220/110 outlets.

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#8 posted 02-18-2019 06:02 PM

Factor in good lighting and think about your power needs. I wired a sub panel into my garage shop and added a bunch of 220/110 outlets.
- WayneC

Also very good points, if the garage is still bare drywall get some cheap white semi-gloss and paint it now before you’re all moved in, no matter what lighting you go with white walls make a huge difference.

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