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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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I got tired of dragging the tools in and out of the basement to the back yard so I built a shed, (8'x14'). My very first shop by the way ...

I have an old 76"x25" counter in there for now, mitre saw, portable table saw, and table top router table, amongst other smaller tools to do a trial of workable space, seems to working out fairly well. For full sheets or really long stuff I will have to use the skill saw or work out the doors. Planning some sort of drop down panel saw idea. Cabinets using 1/2" ply.

The table saw, miter saw and little counter are planned to be moveable. Missing is the portable dust collection planned to go in the front corner.

I would like some input about my planned layout, some things I may not have considered...
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Nice little shop. I take it you roll the tools outside most of the time? I put a deck outside a small shed, and recently added a roof over it to keep the rain off. The deck is for sitting, but a deck could just as easily been where you pull your tools out to make sawdust. Congrats, first shop is a big deal.
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+1 What DRT said.

On the other hand, my shop is a one car garage that is not much larger than your shop where I actually work. Everything is on caster or mobile bases so I can move things about so I can use them for the project at hand.

I have attached a few pictures for your enjoyment!

One is the adjustable height worktable I built a couple of years ago. It has two routers mounted in it, and it is adjustable so I can raise it when routing or lower it for assembly work, or make it the same height as my work table for additional support. This is a pretty handy table for the shop. Tomp913 made one also. They are versatile and handy to have around.

I positioned my table saw near the garage door facing inward so I can rip long boards. Anything longer than 45 inches requires I open the overhead door.

So basically I only have room to walk through the garage, which was the only requirement my sweetie demanded! But saying that, I have built 60+ kitchen cabinets and a lot of other projects so I made it work...and now I have a CNC machine. I built the frame for it so the router table rolls underneath it!

I think you need a deck to use outdoors when the weather permits.
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I also agree with Tom. In that small a space you'll need to pull the tools out at times to accommodate larger pieces. Maybe what you you need to add is a multifunction table/ cabinet on locking wheels that you can move the TS, MS, and benchtop RT when you need to do that. It will also provide a sanding/finishing platform. One other tool I would allow for is a drill press which could be a benchtop model. Last, I would cover the available walls with peg board right to the ceiling. I use one of these: https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...ol/A-p8725822e to be able to grab or put back tools that are out of my reach although mine looks different than this one even though it was purchased at PA too.
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Moe; what the other guys said, but I admit to being a bit mystified by the plan vs the picture(?).
The plan view shows no indication of where that double door is actually located; same for the window. Those are vital considerations.
Obviously you can't place the tablesaw bench in front of the doors; how would you get in or out?
Those are big doors...they use up a lot of wall space, but on the positive side, on a nice day you get a lot of air movement. Several members including myself have mentioned working with our garage doors open whenever possible.
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Great responses gentlemen!

I have this 12x12 shelter, another wip, that I use. The 66" of double doors was for the getting things in and out and for long cuts! I am guessing that was good planning ...

I acquired a small Delta bench drill press, 14"-16" ish, uncle moved and just happened to be getting rid of it!

The doors are located at the 66" open space and the window is just above the little roller cabinet beside the mitre saw, the tablesaw/router is also mobile. So far I have been able to cut 6' pieces inside on the ts. Notice the fold up and out wings? Now to build it ... lol

Love the variable height work table idea ... maybe that little table will become one with some fold outs for an off feed ... was think of it becoming a template table, swap a second router, upside down jig saw, sanding station ...
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I like your lumber storage solution!
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More info for ya to consider.
Dual Router Adjustable height work station.
http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...able-more.html

http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...rkstation.html

Featherboard jig for router table.
http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...board-jig.html

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Can you get rid of the tree on the right , and build a small extension to hold the dust collection system so it’s not taking up any more valuable room?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Can you get rid of the tree on the right , and build a small extension to hold the dust collection system so itís not taking up any more valuable room?
A year or two ago Fine Woodworking published an article about a work table that had a shop vac and Dust Deputy built in underneath. If you move tools on and off that table then the dust collection would already be incorporated.
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