A woodworking shop should have a layout that would promote smooth and efficient work. This can be done through through planning so that the machines and materials required for projects do not get crowed and cramped up. In thinking of the woodworking shop layout, you must plan on how common projects flow through your shop. Establish an area for certain parts of the process which are of general use and allot space for special processes.
One of the parts you need to build an area on is stock preparation. This is the area for resizing pieces into manageable ones. Positioning stock preparation equipment close to each other will be a good idea. Equipment used in this process are commonly table saw, miter saw, and thickness planer.
Now you can institute an area for cutting the joints and shaping the pieces. Position the router table, drill press, and band saw close to each other and at a station near the stock preparation. Make sure you have your workbench, along with joinery jigs nearby.
The next station is the finishing. You can layout your shop such that the workbench can be accessed in all sides. This will make it more functional. You can put it near the outfeed table for your unisaw so it would be less difficult to assemble projects with a large area and finishing is easy yo apply for all the parts.
Now that you have specific stations, you can put the shop plan on paper first. Dragging heavy tools across the floor without a plan will be a hassle. Cut templates and position them around your shop. There are space requirements that need to be considered. Before moving them into place, look if they are properly spaced on paper. Each machine has its own space requirements which might not be visible in the footprint of the machine. Extra space is needed for work piece and feeds in and out of the machines so they do not bump into each other. Overlapping the infeed and outfeed areas of two machines can be a great idea so you van maximize your extra space.
The final station is for storage. You will need this space for lumber and tools. You can have surplus wood storage at your outfeed table and tool storage for your workbench. These can be positioned close to each other.
When it comes to the size of the shop, it is more efficient to use a space that is of a size of a single car garage so work can flow smoothly from one area to another.
Source by Kenneth J Ellis