Gut Shop Reorganization

Part 1: Preliminary ideas

My garage /shop is tiny, weighing in at 10′ × 19-1/2’. Recently I acquired a couple of tools and all of a sudden I’m running completely out of floor space. My goal over the next year is to reorganize the shop so that I have maximum floor space to...

Part 2: Planning layout

I finally sat down with a calculator and paper and figured out the layout I’ve been roughly organizing in my head. I also decided to permanently fix certain tools in place because I want a level work surface for all of them to share. My garage...

Part 3: Workbench inspiration

I’m very tight on space. My original plan did not allocate room for a garbage can and only partially for dust collection. I think I’ve come up with a solution: combine tablesaw, router table and workbench including vises into one. The outfeed...

Part 4: finally creeping toward starting

I really need to make a table for the CMS because I have a bunch of house projects that will require it. I just picked up 5 sheets of 3/4 pine plywood for $30 each at the home despot. Nice stuff for the price. 5 sheets should be enough for all of...

Part 5: design versus reality

Stupid tape measure. Always proving me wrong. I got my first box make and installed, which was for the CMS. I needed to get that thing off the floor. Finally it is and I’m no longer tripping over it. This one single thing is what was mainly...

Part 6: Flip top planer done

Today I made some more progress. Got the flip top cabinet made for the planer. I designed the cabinet but made the support/table on the fly as I came up with ideas for it. First I started with the carcass. Then I made the flip part of...

Part 7: Stupid stupid stupid!

I had some free time this afternoon so I decided to make some drawers for one of my shop cabinets. I designed them weeks ago, carefully taking measurements and drawing everything up with details for the rabbets and drawer fronts, etc. Today I...

Part 8: Drawers done

OK these mistake drawers retrofit into wood slides are finally done. I just need to lubricate the slides and fill the drawers up. I was going to simply cut a notch into the drawer fronts to act as a pull, but I decided to do something a little...

Part 9: Superior dust collection

I have an old delta contractor saw. Underneath was a pan tilted about 45° to the back to let the dust drop and sort of keep it away from the front where you stand. It made a huge mess every time it was used so I put plywood sides on it and stuck...

Part 10: flip top drill press

I’m exhausted. I built this over the past 2 days which is a day too long. I wasn’t sure about the height and had problems making it fit the swing to below. I finally sorted out those details and made it work. This is the...