Same here. I now have have two main areas.
My "stock prep" area has the wood, my table saw, band saw, and jointer,
allowing me to bounce around like a cook in a kitchen. My planer sits
on my router table at the edge of this area, as they don't conflict in
use. The drum sander is mobile, but uses a DC connection located over
The "assembly and joinery" area has my bench, all hand tools, sharpening
station, a 12" disc sander, drill press, and and shelves and cabinets
containing hand held power tools and things like pocket hole and dowel jigs.
Other stuff, like the router table, mortiser, etc... are less important
as for location, as I tend to spend all the time at a single machine
when I'm using them, as opposed to bouncing around like Frank described.
I mill stock, using a jointer and planer and I make myself a bit of an
inventory either for one project, or for a few projects.
Then I put all that gear aside, and get to work and I won't see that
planer/joiner stuff until a month later again... I refer to it as
We all work differently, I guess.
Well the guy I buy my wood from gives me a great price. But the wood
he sells me often presents a significant challenge with regard to
yield. So I process by component, cutting to length by component then
processing. The shorter and more narrow a piece of stock I work with
the better the cleanup thickness. With his wood, just cleaning up
stock to .750" finished in wide, long pieces then pulling off the
pile, is not a luxury that can be expected.
A little more work, but price is about 1/3 other sources I would have
to go to, and he is about a half mile from my house.
I usually approach him with the comment "well I thought I needed a
challenge this week so I'm here for some more of that crappy wood".
His normal response "you people are all the same. Don't you know
trees have limbs? Have you ever seen a tree that doesn't have limbs".
LOL. You may want to remind him that trees also have trunks and that
you would like of them.But, I have a better picture now and I can
fully understand when you are trying to max out on wood you'd be
visiting the planer/jointer more often. I find I do that too when I
have something special.
But, in my line of work, I buy a couple of hundred BdFt and work it
all into strips which I will use in my countertop production. always
1-17/32 x 25/32. Boring really. Usually oak..blech.
I bought my PM2000 at the same time you did.
I work in a two car garage and I have no driveway so the two cars are in the
garage every night. That means the casters on my table get a lot of work. I
spent the weekend on a set of four cabinets that will hang on the wall above
the stored tablesaw. Each cabinet has three 6 inch drawers and then two 15
inch shelves at the top.
I'll post some photos soon.
I plan to add a outfeed table, but I'll hinge it so that it folds down and
allows me to push the saw to the wall.
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