Room for a bigger saw?
Okay, so I'm upgrading my TS to a cabinet saw, and I want to get the big extension table for it. My options are 36" (current saw) and 50" rip capacity. I built a Google sketchup model to play with. I listed the big things I have, everything else in the shop (shelves, wood rack) is easily moved around.
My current setup is listed first, I have my saw towards the back of the shop, facing the door. I left enough room between the saw and the back work bench to fit a 8" board/plywood behind the saw, but it leaves a lot of unused space. Plus, my extension table is also a great assembly table, so I spend most of my time between the miter station and the assembly table. I have a router table on the right hand side of my saw, so I spend my time right there, and I end up not even using the big workbench in the back of the shop, which is the taller bench and easier on my back.
So what I want to do is turn my TS and extension table around, so the two workbenches are close to each other and I can use both more easily. The problem is that if I get a 52" saw (85" total width) the shop gets narrow. It's not a big problem, except that I like having a router table in my extension wing, and if I turn the saw around I don't have enough room to stand comfortably at the right end of the saw to use a router. But it does open up room for a dedicated router table/station. (See option 1).
Option 2 is to replace the current saw with the new saw in it's current configuration, but that puts the left end of the saw up against a wall and I don't think would be a comfortable/safe working position. NOTE: the saw kerf is in the wrong place in this picture. (see option 2)
Another idea is move the saw towards the door, where my shop is wider. There I will have room for a router table in the extension wing, I will have almost 36" to walk around the left of the saw, but then the saw is closer to the back door and the blade doesn't line up with the door. It is almost 48" from the wall behind it, and if I have a long board to rip, I can move the saw (I am getting a mobile base) to the right and line the blade up with the door. The only problem here is I can't rip plywood full length, which I don't do much. I do have a straight edge and a circular saw with a good blade. (see option 3)
Or I stick with a 36" extension table and just flip my shop around like in setup 1. I still have room to use the extension table as a router table.
I've can't attach the sketchup model. PM me if anyone wants to play with it and suggest other ideas and I'll email it to you.
I think I lean towards option 1, just putting the extension table against the right wall and building a dedicated routing station. This also would involve the least amount of re-working my DC setup. I have PVC and 3 way switches throughout the shop, if I move the TS I have to move a lot of PCV and move the switches. If I turn it around I'm still okay with minor adjustments.