Although my single garage workshop is currently very cluttered I’ve started having some thoughts on an inital layout.
The garage is around 8 feet wide by 16 feet long with an alcove on the right just inside the up and over door containing the gas boiler for the house.
A small internal buttress protrudes in on the left hand side towards the back and there’s a door into the house at the back on the right.
Currently a large fridge freezer lives to the left of this door but I hope to evict it when we get round to updating the kitchen!
A large aluminium ladder is currently fixed to the wall on the right but I’ll move it higher during the reorganisation and one day hopefully I’ll have a shed big enough to move it out of the garage altogether.
One thing that has always stood out is the gap between the two sets of kitchen cupboards on the side wall, which I’ve always thought would fit a chop saw or something. It is beginning to look to me like a space for a bandsaw 🙂
Positioning it relatively close to the up and over garage door (but not so close if fouls) would be in line with most of the suggestions I’ve read so far, where the machines used first on raw materials are placed near the entrance, along with material storage.
I think the drill press will end up in a corner somewhere, probably the one behind the fridge freezer.
There’s a load of old paint tins and other stuff that’s survived previous clearouts behind there at the moment, but I think I’ll be a bit more brutal next time I tidy that corner.
I had considered keeping the drill under a bench like this free Fine Woodworking article, but I think it’s too heavy to move about, so maybe a mobile cabinet is the answer.
The planer-thicknesser is relatively light and will definitely live underneath something.
I plan to run some 100mm hose from my Numatic NVD750 vacuum to the various workstation positions which the machinery will be used in and use the blast gates from the dust extraction kit I got a while ago.
I’ll probably just use flexible hose everywhere as they won’t be particularly long runs as long as I keep all the machinery against/near the left hand wall.
I’ll hopefully be able to tuck the workshop vacuum under or behind something, preferably fairly close to the garage door so I don’t need to take it through the house to empty it.
At the moment my small storage area for wood is by the internal door from the house into the garage and makes use of some old and rather rickety shelving.
There’s not really any provision for sheet materials and I’d like to redesign and possibly reposition it all.
I currently have tools lying about on shelves, in the old kitchen cupboards on the wall and in a couple of chests of drawers.
One of these is small, steel and will probably stay and the other is a larger wooden affair with some rather dodgy looking laurel mouldings on the drawer fronts and some naff looking handles (those have to go, but I’m thinking I’ll probably fit some simpler handles and chisel off the mouldings as it’s solidly built from a decent thick ply).
There are a couple of kitchen units in the shed which match the wall cupboards and I also found a couple of matching doors in the loft, so I’m considering putting a worksurface on top of some cupboards to the left of the bandsaw, below the left hand cupboards.
I’m beginning to think that the space under the right hand wall cupboards, to the right of the bandsaw.
If I choose the correct height and depth I should be able to use it to support outfeed from the bandsaw.
I’ve still not given the bench a great deal of thought – I’d better read my books on the subject again!
There is a sink in the toilet just inside the connecting door from the garage to the house, so I’d like to keep my lovely new grinder close to the supply of water (and the drain to dispose of it).
I think depth wise the Tormek and associated bits will fit nicely behind the door on a shelf, although whether I’ll want to move it out for use (perhaps on a drop leaf style table).