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Monday, December 28, 2009

Shop Layout

What with having contracted a slight illness over the Christmas break (seems to be just a basic cold), the best thing to do is... more design!!!

Here is the plan for the new shop layout (click image for more detail), to be more or less done by the end of January.

From Blogger Pictures

Some notes, left to right:
  • The band saw in the corner of the shop, is on casters and is to be moved out away from the wall when used.
  • The first cabinet is to anchor the spindle sander or belt sander, which can be removed and stowed in the cabinet underneath.
  • The jointer is not really in a cabinet, but also on casters. The counter top extends over the jointer to conceal the device and give more work surface.
  • The miter saw is recessed such that the tools surface is flush with the counter top. Storage is underneath
  • The next cabinet over will have a recess for either the the portable downdraft table or portable planer. Both can be stowed underneath when not in use and a removable counter top leaf replace the area to extend the work surface.
  • The router table cabinet will have a built-in flush router mechanism to raise/lower the router. It will likely have T-slots for fences/clamps/etc. Initially this will be a plain surface with the full router mechanism to be added later.
  • Dust collection ducts will span the entire wall, concealed within the cabinets and tee-ing up through the work surface where needed for the specific tool to be attached.
One tool I don't have yet, is the portable planer. I won't really need it till later this year (at least). I have just started looking but this Makita planer (Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp) gets pretty good reviews. If any of you readers have a recommendation, please feel free to post a comment.

From Blogger Pictures


Jerr Dunlap said...

They're all pretty good - Most of the inaccuracies stemming from these portable thickness planers comes from feed and take-up board setup problems. If you make sure to bed the machine accurately, it's actually pretty good. I used to have a similar model but upgraded to a model with 120# of iron ballast. That, a feeder and board buddies give a great result without scallops.
- Jerr

On another note, too many folks depend on thickness planers when they should joint the wood first, take the same off each side and season it.

briggs said...

I've had good luck with the delta 12 1/2" for the past 12 years. It performs flawlessly.