I’m working on a plan to massively improve the utility and usability of the workshop. My two big initial goals: improve storage/organization, and improve dust collection.
Let’s use this thread to discuss priorities! What would you like to see?
Here’s what I’ve been thinking about:
- Wood storage! We are devoting a massive amount of usable space to loose material.
- Flexibility. I love Matt’s French cleat system above the workbench, and I think it would be great to extend some of that flexibility around the other main walls.
- Power. The extensive use of extension cords is no good for all sorts of reasons.
Below are a few ideas I’d like to throw out there.
Strut channel on walls
If we attach 1 5/8 steel strut channel to the walls with concrete anchors at 24" spacing, we’ll have a really easy way to add strong, modular storage – shelves, pegboard, more French cleats, ductwork, etc.
Overhead material storage
We have some pretty high ceilings, and I think we could expand on the strut channel idea to add some 4’ x 10’ overhead platforms for storing stock.
Ducted dust collection
I’ve looked into getting a full-scale central dust collection system for the shop, and it looks like something big enough to run ducts everywhere would be super expensive. So I’ve been thinking, a better choice might be to double up our existing dust collection! Modifying a Harbor Freight dust collector with a cyclone + filter would probably be sufficient for ducting one side of the shop, leaving the Delta for the other side (and/or leaving it on its movable base).
To help me plan, I’ve put together a rough 3D model of the space in Fusion360. I’ll be updating as I go along, but for now you can access, download, and comment on it here.