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Like many others, my shop doubles as a two car garage. In my case a boat and car garage. So I had to think about how I would be able to stow my shop tools and machines away with the limited space I have. I basically put everything on wheels for the most part.
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It does make a difference when the tools are handy to get to.

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I was going to do that with some of my tools - lathe stand, saw stand, planer stand, but they're not overly heavy, so forgot about the wheels, and just slide whichever tool out to work with it. Works out very well, and less setup time. No more lathe stand tho, sold the lathe.

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Like many others, my shop doubles as a two car garage. In my case a boat and car garage. So I had to think about how I would be able to stow my shop tools and machines away with the limited space I have. I basically put everything on wheels for the most part.
My shop is effectively a two car garage, but specially constructed as a workshop, with the doors in the long side. It is purely a workshop, no cars or access.

I have a Shopsmith setup, which takes care of many tools, as I have the main machine at a convenient place and almost all of the available accessories/upgrades, which include larger castors so it moves easier. Like you, I also have other tools and I'm firmly in favor of the modular approach. I do like your idea of placing some tools below waist height, but as I'm tending to run out of space now, I'm thinking of using dual tier carts, with the lower tools (such as the belt sander) on a pull out, leaving another tool at working height (miter saw perhaps) on the top.

Thanks for the images. They've given me a few more ideas.

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Looks good Glenn, I have a two car garage as well and need to make some more things mobile. Thanks for the pictures.
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Really like the way you set this up, particularly the way everything important fits under the long counter.

I have a 12 by 24 shed, wired, insulated with AC now, with about as much space as a 1 car garage. One end holds most of the tools the other is storage, shelves, counter and a 30 by 60 inch work table with vise. Everything is on wheels now. Learned at a little expense that two fixed casters in the back and double lock swivels in front are easiest to move around and stay put when locked. Table saw can move easily, but everything fits around it so it stays put almost in the center but pushed nearly against one wall, so I can push a 94 inch board through.

I found some nice casters that fit on a tool stand that is angled, so I'm replacing the jury rigged setup on my delta band saw. The casters fold up and lower the stand to the floor, which seems more stable to me for the band saw. Don't have the router table on wheels, and may not do so since it is tucked into a corner next to 4 foot wide shelves so its somewhat out of the way. My jointer and planer are in the garage, so I have to haul wood around a bit, but there just isn't room for either in the shop.

The big saving grace for me is that one wall is almost completely covered with pegboard so my clamps and lots of accessories and small tools hang there. Because they're in sight, I seldom misplace them, and I don't buy two or three of things I forget I have anymore. You might consider doing that too, very handy space saver.

I really enjoy seeing how others solve their space problems.. Thanks.
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