December 8, 2022

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

Designing A Small Workshop | Video 2v of 3

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Setting Up A Small Workshop | Video Series

This video is 2 of a 3 part video series on planning, executing, and working efficiently in a small workshop.

Setting Up A Small Workshop | Designing A Small Workshop | Video 1of 3

Mobile Bases | Putting Tools on Wheels
Mobile tool bases are ideal for moving, storing, or servicing larger tools in your workshop. In my small workshop, all my woodworking tools are on a mobile base. This allows me to be able to store these tools against the wall, and out of the way, when not in use. This leaves the center floor area of the shop open for assembling and other operations. I set up my shop tools with mobile bases from Rockler, Port-A-Mate, and JET.
As we discussed in VID 1, tables should be on casters as well so you can move them easily and effortlessly.
Storing Tools with Their Accessories
Consider accessory and part storage. These are items that get tossed in a drawer, bucket, or box somewhere and can NEVER be found when you need them. Everyone can see the bright red drill but finding the thin, slim drill bit, that’s another story!
Put similar use tools/accessories together, for example, you should not have your pneumatic nailers spaced all over your shop and then must walk to the opposite end of the shop to refill the nails.
Make a storage shelf for your nailers or any other tools [routers, sanders, Domino, or biscuit cutter] and create a space for the accessories, bits, abrasives, or anything that that tool needs to do its job.
Consider dedicating spaces to similar items. such as:
• Building a cordless tool station that allows the tools to be hung, with the charger, extra batteries and accessories is also a huge efficiency win.
• Organized and labeled drawers
• Repetitive task jigs stored in one place [Kreg Jig / screws]
• Sand paper shelf and spray cans
• Nail drawer
Label Tools and Drawers – Markers, Pens, Label Machine
Labeling tools can be as simple as a black marker, white paint marker, or real laminated labels. I prefer the latter but have used it all!
Being organized is a way of life for me – it helps me navigate life’s chaos! Imagine a workshop where you can find every tool, jig, and board almost without looking more than one place.
The secret is using on toolboxes and tools. Let me explain:
If you store your tools in their boxes, labeling toolboxes assist you, or someone working with you, to quickly assess which tool you’re looking for. The same principle applies to parts and fasteners.
Labeling saves time and frustration, for example, I have three routers and all three wrenches for them look the same, but they’re not the same. Labeling them saves me from the aggravation of fiddle around trying to find the correct wrench. A simple permanent black marker makes quick work of this.
I’ve gone so far as to add labels on tools that require consumable accessories like my vacuum bags, specialty bulbs, and air filters. For example, I mark my workshop Delta Air Filter with the replacement filter bag so I can quickly find the part number to order the replacement filter. I do the thing with dust extractor vacuum bags and HEPA filters.
Multiple Use | Space Saving Tools
Multiple-use and space-saving tools are a must in a small shop. Examples of multiple-use tools are my Oscillating bench and spindle saner and Disc and belt sanders. The Disc and belt sander is built on a shelf that has full extension slides. I can pull it out for use and push it against the wall for storage.
My two rolling tables are also multiple-use and are used for tool storage, assembly, table saw outfeed operations, sanding, and clamping.
Space-saving tools pretty much mean bench tops tools that can be pulled out to use, OR store out of the way when not needed. Some examples in my shop are the thickness planer, track saw, and panel maker.
Sanders Mounted to Wall
I mounted my oscillating sand and belt/disk sanders to shelving on the wall. One sander is mounted to a shelf with full extension slides so I can pull it out to use it and push it in to store it. I mounted both sanders next to each other because they fit the same application and they are also both connected permanently to dust collection.
Table saw | Router Table
The table saw is the center of the workshop and came with a side extension table. I cut in a Rockler router plate, t-tracks, and router fence on the far-right side.
The router has the Rockler Dust-Right box below the table with the 4” hose connection that does a great job at collecting the dust.
The Dust-Right box also connects to the router fence with 2.5” above-table hose connection. Both the table saw, and router table connect to separate 4-inch dust hoses and run simultaneously to a stand-alone Jet dust collector. I did this because I wanted the shortest route, strongest CFM dust sucking ability, for these two heavy dust-producing tools.

Woodworking News Source: A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

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