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I am a new member of the site with some experience but not a lot. I have just moved and would like to set up a shop starting with the usual tablesaw and router and adding tools as I can afford them. My first projects will be to build some items such as bookcases, end tables and the like for the new house. I have only a very limited amount of space for a shop and would appreciate any advice offered on working in a small space.
 

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I am a new member of the site with some experience but not a lot. I have just moved and would like to set up a shop starting with the usual tablesaw and router and adding tools as I can afford them. My first projects will be to build some items such as bookcases, end tables and the like for the new house. I have only a very limited amount of space for a shop and would appreciate any advice offered on working in a small space.
Welcome aboard, One of the most important things to having a small shop is put everything on wheels.
 

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Welcome.
Also, you might create a scaled drawing of the space you intend to have and plan what you will be able accommodate.
 

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Grizzly.com has a cool shop layout tool. You can only lay in their tools (obviously)but you can also lay in dimensioned shapes to represent the tools you want. It it a great layout tool for anyone who doesn't have access to a CAD system.

I also have a small shop. To maximize space I try and select tools that can serve multiple purposes.
 

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To alaborate a little more about small shops any kind of dust collection is a must. Small shops really get dusty in a hurry and you find you spend more time cleaning than you do working not to mention for health reasons.
Another big point is "THE WORKBENCH". Make sure you have drawers and storage within the bench and this will inturn free up space and don't forget to put in on wheels also.
By the way I was curious to what size of space do you have for this great hobby we all enjoy so much???
 

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My space is a 10x20 storage building however I can expand to the great outdoors most of the year since I live in Florida. I have a large covered area adjacent to my tool storage and I think I will move outside, particularly when doing messy operations. I saw the video on a double car garage/woodshop and was impressed. Great ideas and I will try to utilize some of them. For now, I'll make do with what I got...
 

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Well that's not to bad actually, we are always interested in before and after pics and sounds like your going to have some good times in there. In my shop I have my Table saw 3 feet away from my big door so if I have long boards I just open the door. My scms is against one side wall with room on each end for ??. I would go for a 30" x 60" workbench with maybe 24 inches of open space for storage and lots of drawers. with everything on wheels you will be surprised how much room you can get with a little planning. As previously mentioned laying out the shop first really helps. Good luck on this and keep us up to date on your progress.
 

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Amen to mobile tools!

I have a large work table (4' x 8') which is built to be 1/16th or so below the level of the table saw. That way I can wheel the saw to the worktable and is it as an outfeed area. Built the planer stand up so it matches too.
 
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