Getting started with woodworking and setting up a micro-workshop in the garage, and looking for some advice/thoughts. I say "micro" because all of my tools have to fit in a floorspace approximately 3' x 10' or hang up on the walls, so that I can still park two cars when not working. To that end, I mocked up a design that I think
might work, but wanted additional eyes on the project to see if there are any glaring issues that I might have overlooked (again, novice here):
- Fit all large tools in a 3'x10' area (table saw, miter saw, planer, jointer, drill press)
- When tools not in use, have a single uninterrupted work surface
- Bench to double as in/out-feed table, or additional support, for all included tools
- Mobile/wheeled, so it can be against the wall when not used, but in center of garage when in use
With those goals in mind, and using rough measurements of the tools I have or have in mind, I mocked this up:
From left to right is: table saw, miter saw, planer, jointer, and drill press (rough approximations based on dimensions listed online). The idea is that everything minus the table saw sits below the table surface when not in use, and is either lifted/rotated to be level with the top when used. The drill press can be rotated up (kind of like a flip-top table), and everything else is raised using either an RV or motorcycle scissor jack. GIF to demonstrate the idea:
...although I obviously wouldn't have them all up at the same time, that would kind of defeat the purpose...
Here are the concerns I have, which I hope y'all could provide some input on:
Using this chart
and listed weights online, the entire bench comes to around 1200lbs, and I'm not sure how easy that's going to be to roll around...maybe I should split it into two 3'x5' sections?
Currently the entire bench is going to be made of softwoods, including the top which is made of laminated 2x4s - I would love to have a hardwood top but that increases the cost of the top by 5-10x. Is hardwood that much of an advantage? Is it worth the additional cost? So far I have not come across any cheap hardwoods in LA...damn desert
Due to the way the way the tools are stored I can't put in a traditional vise clamp, but I could actually fit on a leg clamp (between the table saw and miter). Is it essential to have one, or could I do without?
With the caster wheels and the removable tops, am I shooting myself in the foot? Will it not be as level or as stable a surface as a workbench should be?
Not sure how these should be attached - was thinking maybe dados, so they can slide in or out like a shelf, and also reduces most vertical shifting.
I'm using 4x4's mostly
for aesthetic reasons, as I want the thickness to be equal dimensions from every angle, while also being able to practice using all the tools while making the bench. Where three pieces meet it's a combination dado/ half-lap, with a 1" dowel rod put in more for decoration than any functional purpose. Wanted to check that this isn't some fool's errand. GIF of joint:
Is this insane overkill? I feel like it might be...