The South wall

I think it’s time to start planning what I need on this wall so the rest of the shop can come together and function as one cohesive unit. I’ll have to use some assumptions, and the plans may change slightly, but it’s going to be fairly close I think. This wall has been thought of a lot over the months, and I’ve gone back and forth about what I wanted it to do and be.

Let’s start by stating the knowns and unknowns. I know it needs to have storage for my miter saw, various tools (corded, cordless and hand). Unfortunately, that’s all that’s concrete at this point. A lot of the variables are of the larger corded tools and what I’m finally going to do about them.

I do know the rough design of the floor area. I’m taking inspiration from the miter bench from season 14 of the New Yankee Workshop. I’ll be making basic boxes to store the drawers, and any open storage underneath. The top will be half-lapped 2x4s covered by plywood and hardboard. The miter saw is going to be roughly in the middle, (probably) sitting directly on top of the surface. I am eliminating the drop-down shelf that I have on mine because I never know when I’ll have to replace my Hitachi, and don’t want to be locked into anything. Plus, it seems easier. I do know that due to the depth of the cabinet I will not be making an indentation in the surface. The fence will sit on top of the cabinet and I’m hoping to do a much better job this time of being precise.

Over the miter saw on the wall I will have space for my growing hand tool collection. I have only one plane, and two on order, but I’m going to leave myself room for a couple of more, including some smaller block, bull nose and specialty planes, including a #7 that I yearn for. This will also be where my saws, marking equipment and chisels will go.

Now onto the unknown quantities, primarily how tall the floor cabinet will be. What affects the height is primarily my jointer, and where it’s going to go. If I have room, I’d ideally like to stow it completely under the cabinet and pull it straight out for use. However, this would have the effect of limiting the outfeed for my table saw, since it would be too high for the stock to exit onto. I’d only be losing a few inches with the miter fence, but it’s still a concern. Being that high would also impact any cabinets and other storage up on the wall since I’d effectively be taking up half the wall. If I put it at counter height (36″) then it would be even with the other surfaces, aiding with assembly and outfeed. But the jointer could not rest under it the way I want to, or possibly at all. It would only be able to stick it’s nose under.

I’m thinking the planer is going to go on it’s own rolling stand and will tuck under the cabinet in an open bay, just to the left of the miter saw (or possibly right under it). I’m going to size the compartment opening to be able to fit a Dewalt 735, but the stand is going to be just for my Ryobi AP1300. I think on the bottom of that cart will be a drawer that will hold some knickknacks, and I’ll be able to get to it while the planer is tucked away. I could certainly see the replacement knives and wrench going here. Some for of weight on the bottom of the stand might be prudent for stability.

I think I’d like the Ridgid OSS to sit in a drawer and pull out for usage. If I use a door or a fold down front, I could simply pull it out and use it with dust collection while sitting, or it could come up to the bench or another surface if I was doing a large piece. I quite like this idea, and it’s light enough to be done with the full-extension slides. It would have to go into an open floor area of the shop if I actually want to use it though. May change my mind based on room.

I think I’ll keep all my sharpening equipment in one drawer on the bottom. This would include the Worksharp, and any future things like wetstones or glass-backed surfaces. A regular drawer deep enough for the WS should be fine, nothing special required. Although another option is to make a little sharpening station for the WS that expands it’s abilities, but then I run into the problem of where do I put it. Stones, glass and paper can go anywhere, really.

Sometimes I feel a bit caught up in the plan of doing this that I can wonder what I’m actually going to put in these drawers I’m planning to build. I only have four now, and there’s a whole lot of what seems like nothing in there. Well I know that I want one full bank of just hardware containers. I’m not too much of a classical woodworker, so I use plenty of mechanical fasteners. So I’d like to have 3-6 hardware cases on flat drawers that I can pull out and open either in place or on the counter. That’s easily enough done in the design, just have to get the width of the drawers right this time. I also want to do something similar to my nice set of Kobalt sockets and wrenches. That’s only one ‘drawer,’ so under that would probably be regular drawers or either the planer or sander could stow underneath.

There’s quite a few tools that will need to go in either drawers or up above, but that seems to be up in the air as well. I know I want my drills up above, jigsaws…stuff like that. Perhaps some of the lesser used tools like my angle grinder, recip saw and the like can go in a drawer. My crappy biscuit joiner will either go in a drawer (or trash) or be made into a biscuit jig. Up on the wall probably goes the sanders I have. They could go in a drawer as backup, but so could the papers. Will have to see what room I have on the wall.

On an edge or both I think the sawhorses will find a home. I don’t use them that much, but that’s the best spot for them for when I need them. If I have a spot big enough left under the counter, I’d like to roll my router table underneath. If not, then I’ll rethink having a stand-alone router table. On the counter I’m going to have a removable small section for a future mortise machine and to drop my Kreg jig in.

Hopefully all of this made sense. I’m going to take some measurements and see what we’re talking about here.

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