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Offline Midnight Man

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New workshop, advice needed
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:16 PM »
Good day to all at FOG, and thank you for any thoughts or advice folks may be able to give.

We have moved into a new home (to us, it is an established home).  In this new home are a large number of projects we want to tackle to make this place what we want it to be.  These include wardrobe fitout (internal), new kitchen (large & euro style), storage in an office (cabinety work), craft room storage, custom desks in our computer room and probably a few more I haven't thought of.

Most, if not all of these will involve using melamine to build cabinetry, or other timber to build cabinetry doors.

I have a space 3.2m x 6.7m (10ft x 20ft) approximately.  This area is inside a shed, and I could make a small amount of space immediately out front to roll out pieces of equipment, but would prefer to not do this.

I have already a Festool TS55 and CT36.

I am considering a Domino 500 and RO 90

I am planning on making a workbench 2.4m x 1.2m - this matches the size of the sheet goods we get here, and would provide the TS55 a place to break down the sheet goods.  It would also serve as an assembly area where the snader and Domino would be used.  I am wondering however whether this workbench might be a bit on the large side?  I most certainly don't want to make one too small though!

From here I am a bit stuck.  In my thinking until recently, I was going to get a Kapex, but in rethinking this, I figured that most of the cuts I could do on the Kapex I would also be able to do on a table saw, and I could put a router extension table in a table saw, and thus, that would possibly be a better purchase for what I'm looking to do?  I have the space to allow for the table saw, and about a 1m outfeed at the back, but I'm not sure if this is enough space or not (bearing in mind the breakdown of the sheets to workable sizes will happen via the TS55)?

And finally, what - if any - major equipment or tools have I missed in all my planning?

Thank you for any thoughts and experience people may be able to lend a newbie starting out! ;)

Offline Bob D.

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Re: New workshop, advice needed
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 07:13 PM »
1 meter behind the blade of a Table Saw sounds a bit tight, unless you plan to do all your ripping with the track saw. Will (or could) your tablesaw be on a mobile base such that you could move it when you need more outfeed space?
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Offline Midnight Man

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Re: New workshop, advice needed
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 10:30 PM »
1 meter behind the blade of a Table Saw sounds a bit tight, unless you plan to do all your ripping with the track saw. Will (or could) your tablesaw be on a mobile base such that you could move it when you need more outfeed space?
This is a good point!  I had planned on putting the table saw on mobile base, yes, but I was also thinking of installing Incra TS-LS system, which may require leg support to the floor, making the table saw not-so-mobile.

The 1 meter clearance was already taking into account moving the table saw out from the wall by that 1 metre.  Whilst it would be possible to move it yet further, it would require me to move other workbenches out of the way (which I could make mobile to facilitate this).  That would gain an additional 0.6 metres at the back end of the saw.

The only other option I can see is to place the table saw in such a way as to partly "cover" a roller door.  Given a total room width of 3.2 metres, the roller door occupies 1.8 metres of this space, with 0.7 metres of wall either side.  If I were to place the table saw in such a way as to put the router table in front of the solid wall, and the table saw section in front of the roller door (providing I still had enough room to get in and out to one side), then the outfeed section of the table saw would be as simple as opening the roller door, and putting mobile outfeed tables at the back.
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