Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: East Central Ohio
My woodworking shop is within an area 14' x 28' x 10'h in my 30' x 40' workshop with the rest of the space containing my tractor w/ implement, mechanical / metal working area, general storage and my pick-up (which can be moved outside for occasional large project layout / assembly or while cleaning / prepping reclaimed lumber prior to storage on the rack).
My main work area is a 4' x 8' combination work bench / assembly table / outfeed area with a 30" x 30" drop-down area for the oscillating belt/spindle sander, portable router table, scroll saw or other items (each of which stores beneath the work surface when not in use). The height is just below the top of my table saw (and a future upgraded table saw). It also has storage for a variety of powered hand tools on shelving along one side, and woodworking supplies & tools, sandpaper and other items on the other side (to eventually be stored in pull-out drawers once built). Power is supplied via steel conduit along the floor that is recessed into anti-fatigue matting that is on the floor.
Much of my equipment runs the length of one wall and I have the spot between the BS & RAS reserved for a future floor-mounted drill press. For wood storage, I built an A-frame assembly which makes sorting simple for both in-shop stock and allows for organizing wood that has been cut and prepped for upcoming projects. Heating is provided by an overhead propane forced-air garage heater (Mr. Heater / Big Maxx). Lighting is by LED light strips on the ceiling.
For dust collection I have two lengths of 4" PVC running along the floor with blast gates connected to 4" flexible hose to each of the machines, the band saw and jointer on one line, and the radial arm saw and a length of flexible hose that I connect to my table saw, planer or other uses when needed (this hose is kept beneath the radial arm saw when not in use). I typically only have one machine in operation at a time, though during some operations where I will be alternating frequently between two machines, I will keep the blast gates open to each (one on each PVC pipe) with great performance. I also have a Super Dust Deputy Cyclone that I will be installing before the DC at some point. I use a shop vac / Dust Deputy combo for the drop-down area tools and the handheld power tools, though I may plumb this into the main DC system at some point.
I have the spacing between the machines arranged to allow virtually all of my cutting to be easily done with the RAS surface lower than the BS, the planer on a Black & Decker Workmate with wheels to easily move as needed (though I would like to eventually build a wheeled cabinet), and the jointer is movable on wheels (with a longer flexible DC hose) to allow moving when jointing longer boards. There is also a wood support that I place on the jointer table to help hold longer boards while being cut on the RAS.
The layout has worked quite well for myself individually or while working with my son(s) there too.
I keep my woodworking area separate from my finishing area (which is in a section of the basement of my home), though will do some painting and such in the workshop as appropriate.
Last edited by BattleRidge; 05-06-2019 at 12:29 AM.