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12-28-2020 01:54 PM

Hello, first time poster here and I’m looking for as many possible tips/suggestions on putting together my first proper workshop space. I have acquired my first home and thankfully I have found somewhere with a decent enough (for my city at least) sized garage. Once we’re in I plan to start building it up over the next few years into a wood workshop, with a bit of motorbike (basic though) building on the side as well.

The garage is 20.3’ x 8.10’ (about 160 square feet) with the door on one of long sides.

I will likely build everything on wheels so things can move out and around when needed I.e. the table saw bench when cutting bigger sheet material.

One thing that I am not sure about is the right size for the table saw bench and also where the saw should be positioned on the bench, I.e more space on the left or right, how wide and deep it should be etc. I will be buying a new saw when I do the build and I am wondering wether I should get a contractors saw such as the Dewalt dwe7485 for example or a cabinet saw of similar price or slightly more expense. I don’t really need mobility for site work and I don’t mind spending a bit more for a decent enough table saw bench such as the iTech or Charwood line available in the UK, although they seem to have mixed reviews. Under 1k but close to 800 would be best. Or is it best to start with a decent DeWalt contractors saw and build my own bench to start with.

Ive attached the rough layout of what I think might be good but would love to hear some great suggestions, ideas or anything people might have :)


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#1 posted 12-30-2020 01:17 AM

I’m no expert on space efficiency design but I do have a garage space workshop, a 2 car garage space that I commandeered from my spouse. I started 5yrs ago with using just 1 car space, similar to your current space for my workshop. I did have the convenience of moving my spouses vehicle out of her space to spread my projects out for assembly, etc… slowly but surely over time my mobile carts and tools would migrate to her side of the garage and remain overnight, then days at a time (much to her chagrin).

So I started with a contractors saw and built a mobile base around it, a Bosch model number I cant exactly recall at the moment. I became tired of the inability for the TS to accept dado stack for my cabinet joinery projects, and eventually graduated to a Rigid 4520 TS that was enough power for the majority of hardwood projects and repeatable precision I couldn’t get from the contractors saw. I built a 4×8ft flush outfeed table that is also used as an assembly table. It detaches and folds away from the TS when I need to move the TS about the shop. I positioned the TS towards the garage opening as your plan calls for to ease transport of sheet goods from vehicle.

Going counterclockwise from your design, after the TS outfeed/assembly table, I have my mobile cart that carries my 13in helical cutter head benchtop planer/12in miter saw on a rotating table that can invert to the tool you need at hand. This allows me to start breaking down my lumber. From there, my 6in bench top jointer exists on another mobile cart with underneath cabinet storage space. At the back right corner of the shop is my 2hp dust collector attached to a Cyclone separator and Wynn canister filter to protect my lungs from micrometer sized sawdust particles. I use a 25ft length of 4in flex hose to attach to TS, planer, jointer as needed – no overhead rigid pipes to date since current set up is working fine.

Continuing counterclockwise, now at the back wall of my shop, I have my X-Carve 750mmx750mm CNC machine. On the left back portion of my car space (trying not to encroach onto my spouses car space) sits my Delta 14in bandsaw on a mobile base and Skil benchtop drill press on its own mobile base.

My side off the garage wall are French cleats to support tools, situated near to the assembly table. My automotive tools are housed in a mobile Craftsman tool cabinet that floats around the back of the garage as space allows during a project.

Placement of power tools allows me to move sequentially about the garage trying to avoid excessive back and forth movements from one side of space to the other. Fatigue mats are placed everywhere that I might find myself standing for more than 5 minutes to ease fatigue on the feet and lower back.

I think you’re certainly on the right track plotting out your work space, but you’ll find that as you work through your projects, you may decide to change it up for your needs and personal work flow, have a dry marker board to jot down quick thoughts on how to make the space work better for you!

Have fun with it!

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