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12-31-2019 06:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: garage shop layout

I have a hard time planning where to put things and would love to get some input on where/what to do.
Especially with dust collection and the associated tools.

I’m trying to get my garage cleaned up and into a decent hobby space.

Would anyone be willing to help provide some layouts/ideas?

If so I’ll post up photos and diagrams with what I’ve been working towards.

Thanks in advance.

-- -- Todd, Washington

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#1 posted 12-31-2019 06:58 PM

Best layout….... remember how it comes in and goes out. All about flow. If your gonna criss cross then your wearing yourself out…

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#2 posted 12-31-2019 06:58 PM

HERE you can do your own planning for the tools you have :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 12-31-2019 07:55 PM

I bring in 12-16 ft lumber in. I need the saw in front of the garage door. I keep it 8’ from the door and open in the winter on long boards.

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#4 posted 12-31-2019 08:42 PM

My advice, use your tools in the space first, then see how things flow, move them around, find out what you use more, then start planning to install DC piping. And plan or allow for expansion or re-design. I tried to design the perfect system before using the space and struggled. Once I started using the space, it all fell into place. I havent had to change it yet after three years, but I do have ideas how I would like to modify it. One hint, group tools and work areas to minimize DC runs, blast gates, piping etc.

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#5 posted 12-31-2019 09:00 PM

Im trying out the center island approach i saw on a Jay Bates video when he was still in his 2 car garage. Tables saw is just inside the garage door. I can still rip 54” long sheet goods so right inside isn’t that crowded. The band saw, miter saw, and planer form an L shape with the table saw. To complete the island I’m working on plans for big 72” x 42” out feed / assembly table. I don’t have a jointer yet so all of that is still done by hand so my hand tool bench is at the opposite end of this island parallel with the table saw and about 2 ft away from the end of the assembly table.

I’ve seen lots of designs with a miter saw station setup along one wall but I have limited wall space with a big window, bathroom, closet, and exterior door taking up valuable wall space. If/when I turn the big window into a small casement window I will move the miter saw over to that wall. My lumber rack is on that wall and it makes sense to have cross cutting in the same general area. Long stock comes off the rack and right onto the miter station.

My 2 car garage is 22×22 and most of my tools are on wheels or are getting new carts/cabinets with wheels. I left a big 8×16 “ish” space of floor open for breaking down sheet goods with the track saw or as an assembly area for large items. Right now my Shop Smith 10ER is sucking up most of that space as its torn apart and rebuilt.

Hope that gives you some ideas. I’ve only been in my new space a few months so still playing with the configuration to optimize my time spent walking around to different tools.

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#6 posted 01-02-2020 01:30 AM

Wheels. Everything on wheels. Flex hose on the DC. Move as your needs change (and they will – often)


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#7 posted 01-02-2020 10:01 PM

While it is certainly important to analyze and plan as much as possible up front, I would try to make things as flexible as possible. At least allow for moving things around. As MadMark said, wheels on things. Though maybe not everything. In my case, my table saw has a mobile base and that has been critical. I also have my planer on a storage cart with casters. I don’t use the planner all that often, but when used I usually need a lot of clearance in front and in back (for long boards). So being on wheels, I can roll it out in the middle. Then tuck it back into a corner when done.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 01-07-2020 07:54 PM

I am also planning a new shop…..size and configuration based on layout. I am use the grizzly planner that GR8 recommended. While it has some issues, it really has helped. A friend recommended planning the building from the inside out and while I haven’t started the building or even close, it has really helped. I definitely think that is the approach to take…....

Also in following what Clin said, wheels are a huge asset… makes everything much more verstile and easy to clean around too.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 01-07-2020 08:22 PM

... Especially with dust collection and the associated tools…
- toddbg

With every workshop in this world, there is a different solution/suggestion… plus the good ones we never implement…

Depending on your machinery,
  1. Get a GOOD “shop-vac” (best brand you can afford)
  2. Depending on machinery size, also a “centralised” dust extractor with pleated filter… more shekels, cleaner lungs.
  3. Again more shekels… but budget permitting, a reasonable overhead filter… those microns really get up my nose.
  4. From the extractor to the machines… go from large diameter hoses/pipes downward… try not to go up (I think that’s the rule though I don’t follow rules).
  5. Try to use as much ceiling space for the dusty as you can.
  6. Then along the wall.
  7. Try to bypass using the floor (unless along wall lines).
  8. Mobile bases. Larger wheel the better (depending on your floor condition), however, be conscious of centre of gravity. I suggest addressing the base footprint rather than downsizing wheels… avoid wheels with “butterfly* brakes.

Guaranteed you’ll get it right after a few years and many re-arrangements.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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