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post #1 of 26 Old 07-07-2015, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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please posts pics of your small workshops and ideas of how to fit in maximum tools to a small space comments on required distances from walls and other obstructions as many ideas as possible
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It would be nice if you provided an introduction to yourself.

Just what tools do you want to arrange? What are the dimensions of the space? As much information as you have will help people to give you ideas.

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i already have my small workshop arranged but it is ever changing and im very welcome to new ideas and interested to see how other members have theres


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post #4 of 26 Old 07-07-2015, 10:11 PM
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my shop isn't "small" but ....

It's about 25 ft on a side square and filled with tools, stacks of lumber, tables and other woodworking items.

Here's the deal on a small shop. Tp deal with 4 X 8 ft sheets you need about 20 ft of length. You need the same to rip lumber that's 8 ft long. You need 20 ft to run it through a thickness planer. So a long narrow shop would work better than a smaller square one.
Crosscutting lumber to length with a miter saw along one wall would also be ideal.

If you have to break down 4 X 8 sheets, then a panel saw that is vertical is the best answer over a table saw because everything will be in the way and have to be moved to rip it OR you can cut it up into more manageable pieces outside and bring it inside.

The ceiling height is also important and 8 ft won't work, 9 ft is better and 10 ft is best. I struggled with an 8 ft ceiling for several years and finally raised it up 2 ft.

When working with a table saw or thickness planer you need both infeed and outfeed supports. It's absolutely a necessity for safety since you can't be walking around trying to guide material and feed it at the same time. The thickness planer will self feed so that's a bit easier. than the table saw.

All my walls have windows, doors, or storage racks or shelves and there is no room left for any more tools or clamps. That won't stop me from getting more however.....

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Wood shops and tools IMO come in a variety of sizes & shapes, and are as individual as the woodworking person using them! It would be good to have you give the size of YOUR small workshop, tools, and what you hope to change. Be safe.
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I'd say the #1 rule should be..."Go vertical".

Any horizontal surface in any size shop is going to be cluttered.It drives me absolutely batchitcrazy.Never put a TS close to the entrance of a commercial shop.....heck,never put ANY flat storage near the entrance.....

Think of a mechanics toolbx.Tall,slender'ish item with tonnes of storage.Now look at a typical w/end warrior WW'rs storage/bench.

I don't care what size shop it is...wasting space is for numbskulls.And the first person that sets their "package" down on our TS is going to be picking it up off the floor......just sayin,go vertical.

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I was hoping on some pictures just to see how others do it but advice is very welcome best advice I can offer is have a place for everything and everything in its place
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I was hoping on some pictures just to see how others do it but advice is very welcome best advice I can offer is have a place for everything and everything in its place
The most organized small shop I've ever seen was one that a guy had setup in the back of their enclosed trailer. It featured a variety of tools, and was highly functional and very organized. It was on Youtube. If I could remember what it was I would direct you, but I would suggest trying to search for it. Mobile carpenters must be compact, and efficient... Should give you some great ideas.

*Edit - I found him. Ron Paulk. Look him up on youtube. Very good stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvWYkzuNssM

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My central work area. Table saw with outfeed table that also serves as an assembly table, clamping station or whatever I need to do.

I can rip stock up to about 45 inches in length. Any thing longer, I raise the door. Since I have it air conditioned, The door normally stays down.

Today, I was drilling pocket holes, using the jig saw and ROS sander and assembling a small project.
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Thanks Mtstringer for the pics I did consider placing the table saw at the up and over garage door therefor allowing any length of lumber to Rip but considering we get very short summer I opted to position pointing out towards door leaving at least eight foot as it happens there's about fifteen . I had my table saw on weels and was using it for both ripping and crosscutting I have just recently purcised a mitre saw and fixed the table saw in permanent position see my other thread (makita 1018l) I have posted a few pics and will post finished project . I received cross cut saw today and it was it required a lot more space than expected so I'm in the middle of an interesting idea of sending the sliding rails out the wall to save space behind The saw holding on to valuable ripping space on table saw
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I'd say the #1 rule should be..."Go vertical".

Any horizontal surface in any size shop is going to be cluttered.It drives me absolutely batchitcrazy.Never put a TS close to the entrance of a commercial shop.....heck,never put ANY flat storage near the entrance.....

Think of a mechanics toolbx.Tall,slender'ish item with tonnes of storage.Now look at a typical w/end warrior WW'rs storage/bench.

I don't care what size shop it is...wasting space is for numbskulls.And the first person that sets their "package" down on our TS is going to be picking it up off the floor......just sayin,go vertical.
I too have a hate for flat spaces gathering clutter and 100% get what your saying thanks for the advice great comment
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8x9 shop.....enjoy your shop no matter how small...No excuses about being to small from anyone.....yes that is a fold down router table
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IMO, any small shop benefits from drawers. Drawers to keep hand tools, fasteners, small portable tools, etc. Drawers make good use of space.
They can fill the voids under a workbench and can be stacked to a height that is useful for other purposes. Tool stands, router tables etc can all be filled with drawers.
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Flip top outfeed / assy table

I'm sure this isn't a new design but I didn't see it anywhere. My garage is extremely tight with mower, shop and sometimes a car. This table has dual locking all swivel casters. I flip the top up and can store my table saw in the opening. The legs are 1x4 hollow construction, the apron hinges and swings into mortise opening for strength as well as utlizing locking clamps. Top is 7/8" plywood with 1/2" mdf. I had planned on a torsion box top but had other materials and really was short on time.
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Look past the obvious....just playing with a new camera.

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mtnwalton.....that last pic on your post is BA.Cheers,BW

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Is that a holstered hammer drill in ur first pic?
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Is that a holstered hammer drill in ur first pic?
Yes, and the device next to it is a bit sharpener.
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