Another option is to place the workbench behind the saw, separated from one another so that you can work between them—like working in a galley kitchen. With this setup, you can use your bench as an infeed table to support long boards and large sheets of plywood.
Prep Tool Duo
Another set of tools that works well together is the planer and jointer. While they’re not “everyday” machines, they can see some pretty heavy use at the beginning of a project. A smart way to position them is together along a wall close to your lumber rack.
Shaping & Drilling Trio
Another grouping that works well is the band saw, drill press, and router. While this trio may seem like an odd mix, there are a couple of reasons why these tools work well positioned close together. First, each of them works well placed against a wall. Since the router table is typically lower than the band saw and drill press tables, it gets positioned between the two. That way, it can serve as a handy work surface for holding parts or accessories while you’re working at the drill press or band saw.
A Truly-Efficient Shop
Try not to see tools as stand-alone equipment. Look at how they work together, as well as how they fit into your work-space.
Ultimately, this will save you space, time, and trips across the shop. And, after a tool shuffling or two, you may even feel like you have a whole new place to work.
What a great feeling!
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