Moving is stressful.
When my wife and I decided to move, that meant moving the shop too! It was an extremely overwhelming task to think about. Seriously. The anxiety was incredible! But when I approach the problem like I always do it wasn’t so bad. I first established the task at hand. Pack up the shop. I then estimated how long this packing would take and scheduled it. I gain extreme satisfaction from applying a systematic approach to all aspects of life. A before B and B before C. It makes life less stressful and you increase you productivity. Do one thing great, rather than, many things just ok.
Once the shop was all packed up, I was able to unpack at my brother-in-law’s just south of Fargo, ND. It is 13 minutes from our new house!
New shop is exciting!
I love the idea of a new shop. The fantasizing of tool layout, efficiency, ductwork, etc etc. But this process is even more stressful than packing up the shop! I again applied my systematic approach and had a plan. It helped immensely having a huge farm shop to stage my stuff in as I was able to move it into place. This made the process less stressful and more efficient.
I am now 85% moved in. After trying a few different layouts, both on the computer and in person, I have finally locked it in with the help of my good friend Neil Burley. I was struggling with the old shop layout in my head and trying to replicate that. I knew that layout was poorly thought out but as I always say, temporary becomes permanent.
Neil Burley’s “Lanes”
Neil taught me to look at “lanes”. These lanes are your in-feed and out-feed for your machines. If your machines can share these lanes you will greatly increase your space efficiency. On the West wall with the window, I have my drum sander, 14″ bandsaw, and router table all sharing a lane. On the south end of the shop (at the end of the miter saw bench) is my 20″ planer. It somewhat shares the same lane. I do have to pull out the tools a little to get them into the lane but the minimal effort of pulling the tool out is so worth the extra space this mentality brings the shop.
Next is the table saw, edge sander, and large bandsaw. The table saw is pointed toward the CNC with the outfeed table right there. This accomplishes two things. First, the walk from the main area I will be spending most of my time is only a couple of steps away. Second, the outfeed table is farther away from the main area. This will prevent me from using this space and taking the table saw out of commission. Unfortunately, the outfeed table is right next to the CNC, which could lead to the same issue of utilizing that horizontal space when preparing the CNC and risking taking the table aw out of commission yet again.
All this extra room allows me to bring the MFT3 back into the shop and also build a dedicated 4’x8′ assembly table. This will most likely be the first shop project as it is needed the most. This dedicated assembly table will allow me exactly that, a space that is meant for assembling projects. The workbench that I purchased off Craigslist will sit on the back of the assembly table. It is slightly recessed so that is good for the assembly table but bad for the workbench.
What is next?
What 15% do I still need to complete? Storage, storage, storage.
I want to build the assembly table, new outfeed table, and cabinets under the miter saw bench. Being I cannot hang anything on the shop walls, I need to take advantage of any additional storage below the waist.
That is all I have for this quick update. Stay tuned for more! Comment below with any suggestions!