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Forum topic by Madmark2 posted 08-12-2021 05:38 AM 780 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2021 05:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop humor question layout reach

Being disabled, walking is a chore.. my shop looks messy (and is) but there’s a method to my messiness. Within reach by simply turning my chair (no rolling) I can use:

6 Stationary Tools:
  • TS
  • Table router
  • Drill Press
  • Scroll saw
  • 9” band saw
  • Oscillating 4” belt sander
8 Power Hand Tools
  • Two 5” ROS sanders
  • Corded VSR drill
  • Detail (nose) sander
  • Circ saw
  • Detail router
  • Plunge router
  • Biscuiter
  • Jig saw

I have clamps, hardware, lumber, finishing supplies, sanding supplies, spare blades, router bits, router accessories, screwdrivers, pliers, 100’s of driver and drill bits, etc., etc., etc. all literally at hand.

The chop saw, lathe, buffer, stationary belt sander, planer, DC, compressor and all air tools are no more than three steps away from my seat in my 7×18 shop. The DC and air compressor have switched extension cords so the can be controlled without getting up.

What say you? How tight is YOUR shop?! Arrr maties!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 08-12-2021 11:37 AM

Not a wood shop, but I have built more than one home/electronics bench in a 4 foot wide closet. You can put a lot of tools and cables in the insides of two doors. One drawer, several shelves.

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#2 posted 08-12-2021 01:53 PM

I have some spinal problems and arthritis, I can walk well enough (usually) and use every inch in “the” main area I stand. I find I use a lot of hanging stuff and I try to attach most tools/accessories for a particular piece of equipment to it or within reach of it. Clamps and hand problems are beginning to be a problem. I always thought my big store standard inexpensive clamps were just fine and wondered why anyone would spend more but I am starting to see the light. I am also starting to lean toward more sit-down type cart / benches etc.

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#3 posted 08-12-2021 01:58 PM

as my shop is now spread out i would have a problem and need to reconfigure.when theres a will there will be a way.sounds like you found yours mark.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-12-2021 02:37 PM

I’ve got 2 bar stool chairs, but thankfully I am still able to walk machine to machine, table to bench, to work station, and just use the seats to talk, or do scribbling on paper that some people call Ketchup or something. Rarely I’ll sit to do an assembly.

my biggest concession so far to age is I am redoing the shop, and incorporating a lot more storage with the “bring it” thought in mind, so I am not always walking to get a small tool, wrench, socket, screwdriver. Instead I am putting it all on rolling storage so I can bring it to where I am working. AKA a rolling clamp rack, that packs many clamps, and rolls right to your assembly spot. I built mine based on the Pop WWing idea several years ago.

I’m starting a build for tools and clamps that Wood magazine called the Tailored Tool Tower.

Plus most of my assembly benches, and work tops also have storage so I can have needed supplies close at hand. I just viewed with some interest a post that Brian Benham did for a TS tool organizer I really never thought of how many different accessories that you need close to the TS, and having them right there is pretty slick. I have to rethink because I have an over saw DC that would get in the way, and I like it a lot, so I have to figure how to make it a rolling stand, or something? Still working on that idea? Might have to look into that Ketchup stuff…..

Not being able to stand or walk would be a game changer. Not to say there aren’t mornings crawling out of bed that I am looking for the license plate of the truck that just hit me, or so it feels. But I’m with Pottz, if there is a will, there is a way. ;-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-12-2021 03:44 PM

No mobility issues here, but at times I wish I had the suspension gantry that the mechanic had in Mad Max 2

I have plenty of tools withing reach, but the one I need is always on the other side of the shop….

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#6 posted 08-12-2021 05:28 PM

depends on which chair and where i move it to.

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#7 posted 08-13-2021 12:06 AM

Not very many, unless I am doing some wood carving. Then, it’s dozens. That doesn’t mean that I do a lot of walking. I get stuff done with about 25 square feet of space in which I can walk around, like a rat in a maze. The rest of the garage is filled with “stuff” that can’t be moved. I’m going to sell my SawStop JSS and my Incra Router table in order to incorporate them into one new saw (SawStop 3 HP) with the router table extension. Nothing wrong with either thing, but I think that I can gain a few more square feet of area, and the 3HP would be a big deal.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 08-13-2021 08:04 AM

I have no chairs or stools in my shop. When you get old, they tell walking is good.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 08-13-2021 08:46 AM

Everything is within a step.

I suspect it’s more to do with the clear bit of floor in the middle being 3 foot x 4 foot than any great organisational skill on my part though.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#10 posted 08-15-2021 01:52 AM

not enough, when ever I sit down to a job, (which I prefer because I have back and leg problem) I always need some thing that mean getting to get it. If that is not the case I will drop a tool and have to get up to get it

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#11 posted 08-15-2021 02:04 AM

I have a magnetic telescoping retriever and a grabby stick. The magnetic pickup is stuck to the underside of the saw for easy access. Dropping something small directly beneath my chair would require me to stand & stoop without the retreivers.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#12 posted 08-15-2021 02:20 AM

I dont work off a chair but usually there’s one or 2 near my feet

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