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Shop Layouts, Project Flow 
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 In a perfect world, there is always room for all your tools, stock, and you! But in most shops, the lack of room makes for a cluttered work space, full of tripping hazards, not good in a shop fill with sharp spinning blades! But with a little planning, even a small shop can work for you smoothly. 

Think about how a project might "flow" through you shop. The flow starts with bring in your stock, and ends in the finishing area. When I bring lumber into my shop, I have a separate area to cut stock down into down into manageable pieces, either with a radial arm or circular saw. Next I have my jointer, table saw, and thickness planer nearby to prepare and size my stock. The next step is to cut the joinery, drill press, router table, and band saw to refine the parts, then onto the workbench. The workbench should be away from any walls so there is access to all sides, making it easier to assemble your project and apply the finish. 

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