Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Just a thought, in my small shop I have an over head storage for lumber and long trim pieces, it really comes in handy to keep the lumber out of the way until needed.
Another thought, is to put everything together with screws, that way when you need to move out, it will be easier to take apart.
One more thought, when you set up your miter saw, you could build it into a bench so the materials will lay on the bench and be at the same height as the top of the miter saw. If you plan to have a RAS, that could also be built into the miter saw bench to save space and use more efficiently.
I have seen roll arounds that have a tri-angle set up that three different machines mount on. Just flip up the machine you need. It saves a lot of space and is on a roll around so it can be stored out of the way. I have several of my tools mounted on furniture dollies from Harbor Freight. You can't buy the castors and build it for what they sell them for.
When I need my planer, I made it so it is the same height as my table saw, I roll the planer in front of my table saw and use the table saw as an off load or rear support if the lumber planned.
My long horizontal sander I don't use much at all now but when I need it I roll it out, use it then roll it back out of the way.
Right now some of my wood working tools are stored out back in a shed, I plan to make a small shop other than in our garage where I do most of our mechanic work. I want this small shop to be very efficient and compact but very usable. I will be watching your ideas.
I have downsized several times over the years. When in business my shop was 50 X 100 feet, so all those tools have been sold or given away, except for what I have now that can fit in my now, to be, very small shop.
Last edited by BigJim; 07-21-2020 at 06:03 AM.