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saw has the most room all around it to handle just about any size work-piece. It also means the saw isn't very far from other tools.

If your shop space is small, you can make the room work "bigger" by angling the saw. This lets you take advantage of the longer diagonal dimensions of the room.

Another way to maximize space is to position the infeed side of the saw near a door so you can "borrow" space from another room when ripping long stock.

Making it Work. Setting up the saw in the middle of the shop sounds like a great idea. But there are some other things you'll need



dust collector



NOTE: tools on out-

feed side should be lower than saw table


workbench just a few stefs away from the table saw

fence rails wont get snagged or bumped





space needed for cutting sheet goods



router table

table saw '

NOTE: locating table

saw along a wall opens up free space in center of shop

band saw

use wall for keeping extra blades,

jigs, and accessories dlose at hand

drill press


power cord and dust collection hose are out of the way




to think about — power, lighting, and dust control to name a few.

Adding another light shouldn't be difficult. But the power cord for some saws may not reach to the wall, so you may need to buy (or make) a longer one. But that means the power cord (and dust collection hose) may trail across the floor and get in the wray occasionally.


In a workshop that's long and narrow, I recommend taking a different approach. Instead of putting the table saw in the middle of the floor, set it against one of the long walls, as you can see in the drawing at left. When you think about it, putting the saw against the wall makes a lot of sense.

With the saw in this position, you aren't limiting the capacity of the saw because you can't set the fence past the end of the rails anyway. Positioning the saw on a long wall gives you plenty of space for handling large workpieces. And it opens up the center of the workshop for assembly space and easier traffic flow.

Added Benefits. There are a couple other benefits of placing the table saw this way. The first is you can use the wall next to the saw as a handy place to keep extra blades, jigs, and accessories close at hand. This can save time and a few extra steps when changing the setup.

A second benefit you'll notice is that the saw's power cord will have a shorter run to the wall (and be out of the way). The dust collector hose can run along the wall as well.

Change Your Shop. To help you get started putting your shop in order, take a look at our website www.ShopNotes.com to find scale drawings of common shop tools. With a floor plan of your shop and these tools, you can rearrange the tools and worksurfaces in your shop until you find one that works without having to actually move the tools around.


Use the scale tool drawings on

our website ShopNotes.com

to help lay out your shop




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