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Forum topic by Michael Baucom posted 07-10-2019 03:33 PM 330 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael Baucom

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07-10-2019 03:33 PM

I have been building custom cabinets in two car garage for about 4 years. I have finally saved enough to buy land and build a proper shop. It is a 30×50 steel red iron insulated building. I am starting to get around to moving machinery in and want to know what the suggestions would be as far as placemet of the table saw. I have a Grizzly 1023RLX with the shop fox fence and extended rip table. My first insistinct was to place the right side of the rip table against the wall. As I would never need to extend the fence past that limit (54”)

But I see alot of shops where the saw is in the center of the floor. I do like to idea of being able to walk around both sides but would it be a hindrance to be in the middle of the floor?

-- Custom cabinet builder/ Trim Carpenter

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#1 posted 07-10-2019 04:09 PM

In the cabinet shop I worked at, we actually had two table saws in the center of the shop, back to back that shared the same wide outfeed table. It worked really well. Two people could be working at the same time. Central location worked well. At home, I have my saw against my wall, like you mention, and it does work just fine. The reason for this is simply that I want to be able to bring my car in sometimes. Wall space is precious in my shops, so if I had the choice, I’d have the Table saw in the middle to free up wall space. And it IS the central tool of a cabinet shop…

Congrats on the move, by the way!! It exciting to have a dedicated “real” shop.

-- Pete

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#2 posted 07-10-2019 06:24 PM

i think it’s what works best for the way you work,for me it’s the center of the shop.enjoy that new shop and welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 07-10-2019 07:16 PM

If you are breaking your sheets down on the table saw routinely… I would build an island.

Like this one at the school.. you get all the support you need + assembly and outfeed, and jig storage.

here is a shop tour… lots of ideas.. some set up for students, but others work because the assistants are cutting parts for classes for 80 students.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#4 posted 07-12-2019 01:38 PM

Consider material handling. You must handle a lot of sheets, so I would want the table saw to back up to the rack of sheet material. I have a 4×9 rack I load with sheets, and a cart which I can roll up beside the rack and slide a sheet on top of, then roll it to the rear of the saw and slide the sheet right off the cart and through the saw. But I have gotten decrepit and can’t lift a sheet of 3/4” ply any more. Maybe you are young and strong.

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#5 posted 07-12-2019 08:49 PM

I have tried the wall with a TS, Jointer, and planer. My current shop has all three right in the middle, with a dust collector to serve them. Being able to work around these 3 most commonly used tools allows me the greatest flexibility for my method of work.

I agree 100% with potzz though.

“i think it’s what works best for the way you work, enjoy that new shop and welcome to lumber jocks.”

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 07-12-2019 09:10 PM

mine is against the wall and you lose alot of wasted space like this …. i could put router in table saw with drawers underneath if i had it in middle but I dont have room for that :<((((((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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