It's common in a machine shop for a workman to have a full toolbox he
moves to his job (on a large stationary tool). Big rollaround carts
are the norm.
But this guy has it worked out for his cabinetmaking...
using what appears to be a common Home Depot item, #I-IMCNAT,
as his chassis.
While he has a much larger shop than I, it looks like he has his shop
set up as I have mine. Everything is on wheels, and can be rolled into
the best configuration to accomplish the task at hand.
While not as big, my workbench is on wheels. Under the workspace there
area two shelves for tools. In each end of the workbench there are two
cupboards where I keep frequently used tools.
The work bench was built to a height that allows me to use it as an out
feed table for my table saw. A
he workbench. (I make my wife's picture frames so do a lot of repetitive
cuts) Pick up the piece, make the cut, and place it down on the
workbench, without moving. Other times the work bench serves the same
purpose when using the drill press or bench grinder.
At other time it can be rolled in front of the car so every thing is
convenient when working on the car.
Since everything is on wheels, If I am working on large or long pieces,
I can back out the cars and move the saw and workbench to have the whole
garage to accommodate the pieces being worked on.
When my brother and I built a boat in the garage, we moved the saw and
workbench up next to the part of the boat we were working on.
It is a very convenient arrangement
I like that and I wish I had the room for it, it's too big for my space.
The idea of labeling is good. Even for a one man shop.
I am putting wheels on a metal cabinet I found for $2. The wheels cost
more than the cabinet.
I like mobile so I can rearrange as needed.
I'm still organizing shop. I've been waiting to see how things
fall into place and how my workflow fits in.
I'd be interested to hear how others organize/layout their shop.
I like to cherry-pick the ones that make sense for how I work.
One thing I've got is a retail-style shelf. The shelves are about
6" deep and 12" wide, height is adjustable. The entire unit is
about 5' high and on a lazysusan. It holds a lot of stuff.
On Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 4:39:29 PM UTC-6, whit3rd wrote:
For some reason you seem to have confused the difference between a mechanic
/machine shop and a woodworking shop.
Mechanic shops have numerous bays to work on the vehicles. And many people
working in the shop. One might be a bay with a concrete floor. One bay w
ith a pit where you drive the vehicle over the pit and the mechanic stands
in the pit and works on the underside of the vehicle above. Another bay ma
y have a lift where you drive onto the lift and raise the lift up in the ai
r and the mechanic stands underneath the lift and works on the vehicle. An
d the mechanic shop may have several of each of these bays all with vehicle
s in them. And the mechanic moves his portable chest from bay to bay to wo
rk on vehicles. And as we all know, in mechanic shops, every mechanic has
his own personal tools. No sharing of wrenches and sockets between numerou
s mechanics. Everyone owns his own tools and uses his own tools for handwo
rk. Mechanic shops do have shared big tools or specialized tools.
A home mechanic working in his garage shop does not need or use a moving to
ol chest because all the mechanic work occurs in one spot in the garage so
all his tools can be in stationary chests and stay in the same spot.
Woodworking shops have one work area where all the work comes to. The work
bench. Not all the work occurs here of course. Wood is cut to size at the
tablesaw or chopsaw. Planed and jointed at the planer and jointer. Holes
drilled at the drillpress. Edges shaped at the shaper or router table. T
he wood has to move from one tool to the next. But lets say all the joints
are cut at the workbench. And all handwork such as planing and cutting ar
e done at the workbench. After the wood is shaped and sized at the various
stationary tools, you take it to the workbench to cut joints. SO, WHY wou
ld you want or need mobile tools if all your work occurs in one spot? The
workbench. In woodworking shops used by multiple people, the large station
ary tools would be shared. The hand tools probably would not be shared and
each person would have his own chisels and saws and planes. But most wood
working shops are individual in nature. One person owns and does all the w
ork in them. No multiple people.
I found drawings of most of my tools on Sketchup (using similar ones if
something wasn't available, a 6" jointer isn't going to be much different
model-to-model), drew things like shelves, and then arranged everything
until I found a setup that worked.
Sometimes you can use infeed/outfeed space for multiple tools'
infeed/outfeed space. Othertimes you can line up dead space on the tool,
like the back of the jointer and side of the planer, to minimize the
amount of dead space.
It's worth a look. It took me a couple hours to get to the point where I
was able to show someone something I sketched and discuss the details of
it. It won't be too long until you stop /using Sketchup/ and start
/drawing a thing/.
Plus the basic version (which does everything I need) is free.
Sometimes it's easier to design using 2D methods (Pen and paper, Visio)
then import or redraw into Sketchup 3D. If all you're doing is a floor
layout, the third dimension sometimes gets in the way.
I don't use Shetchup much, and find the 3D effect is more of a hassle
than it is worth for the drawing that I do.
However the last time I used it I found that I could get a 2d drawing by
rotating the "Y" axis so it points directly at the user.
For quick rough drawings it is simpler to use a paper and a pencil.
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