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Best use of space in garage

I've been pondering how to set my garage up. Right now it's my wood shop, car shop, storage. I made a Grizzly plan online using real measurements and I'm trying to decipher what the best way to have a good space "flow". I would love input from others.

In the pic, the scroll saw and jointer are next to my wall mounted cabinets, but in reality they'll be underneath them against the wall.

The upper left corner is meant to be empty. I'm going to be putting up french cleat shelving for my hand tools and handheld power tools like circ saw, jig saw, etc. There's also a bunch of crap not listed like my car jack, paint, wire shelving unit which I may toss out, hunting decoys, etc.

I thought for the time being having my TS next to my bench as an outfeed table (I plan to build an outfield eventually attached to my TS).

These things are on casters FYI:
Jointer
TS
Wood Cart (not yet built)
Sander (on a dolly)
Brewing Cart
Wine Press
DC Cart
Welder (soon)
Scroll saw (perhaps if I make a stand for it)
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If it were me I would put the jointer where the work bench is and reverse the direction of the table saw. That way when you joint wood to be ripped on the table saw you could sit the wood on the left end of the saw as you go.
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Can the other fridge sit next to the freezer?

How would the brewing cart and the wine press fit next to the files? How about the wood cart, could that fit next to the files as well assuming you move the compressor?

Can the compressor fit in same overhead if there is space avail?

That would pretty much free up that entire wall space.
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No garage door?

I have a one car garage with no car in it! I positioned my table saw with the overhead door behind me when I am working at the saw. Anything longer than 48 inches requires me to raise the door, but that doesn't happen often. I back the truck up to the door and unload my material straight into the shop on the saw and the outfeed table/assembly table/workbench (whatever you want to call it).

The saw is heavy and hasn't moved in 4 years!

All of my big tools are on mobile bases or casters (planer, jointer, drum sander, band saw and drill press).

I am now on my third work bench and this will be the last one. I am loving it. Even my wife commented how she likes it also!

Note: The first picture is my old table complete with fold down extension. The rest is of my new table. It is slightly larger at 36x60 inches, plenty of storage space with push through drawers and three deep pull out drawers...and roll out trays underneath!
The last picture is my cabinets that hang on French cleats. My drill/drivers and most of the nuts, bolts and screws that I use in my projects are readily available at arms reach.
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If it were me I would put the jointer where the work bench is and reverse the direction of the table saw. That way when you joint wood to be ripped on the table saw you could sit the wood on the left end of the saw as you go.
I did think about that, but don't use the jointer all that often so it wouldn't be a bore to have to take a few steps to put the jointed wood elsewhere. Also, I will be setting up DC so Id like to keep as many tools at the left wall as possible. I made my cart mobile to take the hose to the TS when needed.
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Can the other fridge sit next to the freezer?

How would the brewing cart and the wine press fit next to the files? How about the wood cart, could that fit next to the files as well assuming you move the compressor?

Can the compressor fit in same overhead if there is space avail?

That would pretty much free up that entire wall space.
I want to keep that left area of the freezer free for hand tools.

What I didn't draw (since my main "shop" is on the left side of the garage) was cabinets on the right wall. That's where I store auto, pain, etc. That goes right up to the fridge on the right and continues to the front of the garage. And my compressor is too big to put overhead, it's a wheeled floor model.


I did however think of having my workbench and TS both vertical on opposite sides of the pillar (that little square up near the center top)
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I forgot to mention this...I have a router table wing on my table saw and that has a 2 1/2" DC port. So does my TS. So those will have some sort of box to collect dust under my TS which a 4" port will be mounted for DC.
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Just don't do it like this fella LOL

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haha nice
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Wall space!!!!!
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You need to set your shop up based on how it goes in and flows. As mentioned the table saw should be at the beginning.

I have a very productive shop when it's clean. But I had to build large cabinets at that time.....
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Beginning? Like a linear flow from tool to tool?

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You need to set your shop up based on how it goes in and flows. As mentioned the table saw should be at the beginning.

I have a very productive shop when it's clean. But I had to build large cabinets at that time.....
I guess I envy that. My small shop is built with the theme of move the current tool out of the way to make room for the tool you need to use next. I will say, that for the most part, I have the table saw and miter saw available most of the time.
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I also have to question- where is the coffee pot? Just keep it covered as things like that tend to attract sawdust. Nothing like oak-flavored coffee!
BTW, you have a lot more space than me.

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