Layout of A Small Woodworking Workshop
The illustration below shows one way of making efficient use of the space in a small shop-in this case, one-half of a two-car garage. The three stationary machines chosen are essential for most projects: the table saw, the jointer, and the band saw. The saw and jointer are mounted on casters so they can be moved if necessary. With the bench and table there is ample space for hand tool and portable power tool work. The storage space perforated hardboard and shelving-is located along the walls; a lumber rack is positioned near the garage door. Any exposed framing in the ceiling could also be used to hold stock. Refer to the key in the bottom right-hand corner of the illustration for the type and location of electrical outlets and light fixtures. Note that there is an overhead master switch (near the bench’s tail vise) that controls all three machines. Attention is also paid to feed direction of each machine (represented by the arrowhead in the key); the access door to the shop is always in the user’s field of vision. Caution: If your shop shares space with motorized equipment you will not be able to spray finishes.
Layout of A Medium-size Workshop
The medium-size shop represented below shares many of the features of the small shop: the table saw and jointer planer are on casters: a master switch (this time near the door) controls all the machines; the machines are positioned so users will see the door near the bench; perforated hardboard and shelves for storage line the perimeter of the shop (supplies can also be stored under the stairs); and the lumber rack is located near the main access door at the foot of the stairs. With the extra space, this shop has room for a lathe, a drill press, and a dust collector. A work table for glue up and finishing is positioned at a window with an exhaust fan. The focal point of this shop is the table saw; it is equidistant from the stock preparation area in front of it, the workbench to one side, and the work table behind it.
Layout of A Large Workshop
Setting up a shop with all the features shown below calls for a large space, like a two-car garage. This shop has many of the characteristics of the smaller shops examined earlier, with additional tools and conveniences that allow it to handle a wider range of projects. At one corner is a spacious finishing room, partitioned from the rest of the shop and equipped with an explosion-proof fan to exhaust fumes. The shop includes a bathroom with a sink and a toilet. In addition to the machines featured earlier, this has a radial arm saw, shaper, and planer. The shop boasts three separate work surfaces: one in the finishing room, one for glue-up near the drill press, and a workbench beside the table saw. A shop of this size would need an independent electrical service panel to power all the tools. To keep the wiring out of the way, half the floor is covered with a raised 3/4 inch plywood floor; An under structure of 1-by-2s is laid on the concrete floor on 12-inch centers and the plywood is nailed to the boards. Wires are run in conduits under the plywood between the 1-by-2s.
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