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DIYtestdummy 05-09-2008 05:32 PM

Workshop pics?
I'm ready to tear my workshop up and reorganize, but I'm lost as to where to begin. I've been slowly moving and making room and cleaning out and finishing things up for 4 months now, but I just have to break down and do it once I get a lull between projects. Mine's around 10'x14' and about 10' sloped to 9' roof. Cozy, but way bigger than the 3'x5' closet I stuffed everything in before. :yes:

Can I see some pics of what yours looks like?

I'm trying to get ideas to best utilize the space. I've done numerous things that worked for the time being, but I want permanent solutions especially for storing wood in sheets and planks. My auto section is pretty condensed now, but I need room to move and work with my free-moving tables for sanding and painting, and still have a space for my workbench, saws, router, vice, and maybe a bandsaw. I'm going to make racks on the barn-type doors for yard tools and my wood clamps, along with fold-out tables for when I have them wide open and need table space outside. I need something for overhead. The previous owner put up particle board shelves on all walls (unfinished), but half of them are taking up space I could be using for other things. I want to hang 4 mil plastic for keeping sanding dust away from the rest of the shop, and maybe close off a section under the vent for paint and stain.

Still so small I have to go outside to think about rearranging!

Brik 05-16-2008 09:01 AM

These pics are a bit old and things have changed a bit.
Where my dust collector is I now have a bandsaw. The DC is now sort of between the miter saw and the jointer.

Space wise the area in the pictures is 75% of one garage bay and a nook behind the bay thats probably 1/2 a bay in size. Total garage is 2.5 bays.

DIYtestdummy 05-20-2008 05:22 PM

Nice! I really need a dust collection system, but the plastic "curtain" will have to do for now. Still no room for anything yet. Projects keep coming, but I'm getting them done. I'll put up pics as soon as I finish refinishing my pool table.

NateHanson 05-20-2008 05:56 PM

When I've set up shops, it's really been helpful to make a scale floor plan on graph paper, and cut out pieces of paper that are the shape of the machines, plus the necessary infeed/outfeed areas. That way you can optimally arrange things and see how various stations will work with or against eachother. Sounds goofy, but I've found it really useful.


Jay123 05-23-2008 09:23 AM

Grizzly tools has an online shop planner where you can set up the layout of your shop with various tools:


Jay123 05-23-2008 09:33 AM

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Here's a couple of outside shots. I'll try and find some inside shots, as it will be a nice example of what not to do (cluster).


Jay123 05-23-2008 09:51 AM

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Sorry that these don't show much, but you can get a general idea of the clutter.


DIYtestdummy 05-23-2008 11:36 AM

Oh my. Now I could really use that much space. Ripping plywood gets interesting out in the yard.

Jay123 05-23-2008 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by DIYtestdummy (Post 125319)
Oh my. Now I could really use that much space. Ripping plywood gets interesting out in the yard.

Yeah, especially in the rain, been there.:(

Although you can't see it (I must be lying then), I've got cabinet saw with a 52" cut capacity and a 4'x8' outfeed table. It does make life much easier when cutting down sheet goods.

Still, I've built a bunch of things with the dewalt 744 portable table saw including this ent. ctr.(22 ft. wide). Great portable saw.


DIYtestdummy 05-27-2008 04:24 PM

Wow! You're gonna make me cry. Look at all those baseballs!

Jay123 05-27-2008 07:28 PM

Not mine....those belong to the homeowner....:blush::blush:


Lansing 06-04-2008 09:37 PM

That's really nice workmanship...Well planned...Wife's father has many signed baseballs as well from Boston Red-Sox team...

I see lots of nice tools in your shop...I like your garage/shop setup as well...I made mine 10' high to gain extra storage space on the walls higher up...and to be able to turn 8' sheets of material without hitting the ceiling or lights...Mind is 26x30x10...Got a 8'x12' insulated garage door with opener...I layed out what I wanted in there and where it would go so I did not need to move something to get something I wanted...That's how I got the total size...As everything comes in 2' or 4' sizes I just worked this out to have it a bit bigger...

Case I ever grew know...:whistling2:

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