Positioning Your Woodworking Saw
I hope that you have the luxury of fitting out a completely new woodworking workshop. as remodelling an existing one can cost time and money.
Naturally the layout of your equipment depends on the type of work you are carrying out. Allow sufficient clearance around machines, such as your table saw, for the handling of large sheets of ply and long stock.
Smooth workflow around the shop is also essential to improve efficiency and to ensure work is carried out safely.
Workshop showing layout and work flow
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A table saw is a key piece of woodworking equipment. Placing it in the centre of the shop provides maximum flexibility for panel sawing, ripping and the cross cutting of long boards.
If you work with large sheets of ply you could build an extension to the saw table. Make sure that you have plenty of space on the left hand side of the fence.
You can gain some extra space by aligning the table saw diagonally. Alternatively you could face the machine towards the access door to give more room and enable you to wheel or drag the machine outside to saw exceptionally large pieces.
Centric table saws can have a router, spindle sander or shaper on the table. Alternatively you can build a router into the extension table of the table saw, which is great for saving space.
A Word Of Warning
Every type of saw……circular, jig or bench…can be extremely dangerous in inexperienced hands. In particular bench saws can cause serious injury, including amputation, if used incorrectly.