I am in the process of setting up my new workshop in my garage and I am having problems with placement of all my tools in a manner with which I can get the most use of the space but have a good working environment. My garage is 14' X 20' and a car will never see the inside of it. Does anyone have a good space saving ideas for bench top tools and workbenches to make the most of a small space?
Thanks in advance of any ideas you can give me for this project.
I too have a small shop. I've arranged my benches in an L to give me a work area. Then the router is mounted in the table saw to eliminate one workstation. Workflow is such that raw materials come in and are placed right into the stock storage area next to the saw (since the TS is generally the FIRST operation on rough stock). The planer is opposite the saw so I can turn from one to the other. The planer is on a stand so that the feed trays are higher than the level of the workbench. This allows me to feed pieces that are long enough to interfere with the bench area without having to move everything.
Put pegboard on the walls for your commonly used tools and put a lower shelf under the bench for your smaller power tools. A strip of PLUG-MOLD under the front edge of the bench allows you to have everything plugged in all the time without cords going across your bench.
I have a 12'x22' basement shop. All of the power tools are against the walls. I don't have a TS since access to the basement is thru the house, so I have a RAS instead. Works out fine for me. I do agree with MadMark in that peg board is a must. I also wear a tool belt while woodworking.. very helpful with carring small tools and supporting my back.
I found the book, "Working with Woodworking" by Jim Tolpin to be very helpful. Stop by the library and check it out.
Here's some more idea's for you to ponder over.
I'm in the process of updating my TS page(s), but this is great forum to glean idea's from.
Welcome to the Forum!
Your most welcome! Please feel free to use any of my shops ideas.
They come to me free, so I put them up in the hope what I'm doing might help others.
"It ain't fancy, but it sure is good."
I to use a gargage for my shop. It is 1/2 of a 22' x 22' space. My work truck takes up part of the space. I am left with 12 x 22' I have three main stations TS with router table, Jointer, planer. I set them in a triangular pattern. this started so I could set the TS on an angle so I can feed real long stock through the small door in back. Play with angles, make a scale model. Don't keep moving the machines like I have.
I am jealous of anyone with a 12x22 shop! I am 16 been woodworking for 4 years now. my shop is in my parents garage shared with a f-150 and a durango!you know how big my shop is? well its 8x23, yet i have a planer tbls ras bandsaw and drill press and i want to get a jointer still, since i got my dp and bs in august i have been taking up the whole garage to try to find a way to fit everything into my small "corner" heck, my band saw has spent near a year in the box i havnt even opened it yet, no where to se it up, but this weekend i will finally finish up, i donmt know how wel it will work in the long un but i have no choice , ill post pics here next week, but one of the neatest things is my wood storage, i bought a electric hoist fromharbor freight and pu it on the ceiling attachee to a rack for my sheet and stock, well after a year of working everyday after sachool and all i hope to show you guys a nice shope next week.