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Drew Hallenbeck

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Setting up shop (again) tips...?
« on: May 27, 2021, 03:38:09 AM »
We're going to be moving into a new house in a couple of weeks and I thought I'd see what advice/tips I could find here.
I've been building for a little over six years now and have moved once already. My current shop space is pretty limited and I've had to make do in a lot of different ways. I'm going to have WAY more space in the new house which I'm really looking forward to. One thing I already know that I'll be able to add is a drill press and that makes me very happy!
What I'm wondering is this:  If you had to start over in a new space, what would you do differently right from the start? Anything from tools/equipment, furniture (workbench, shelving, etc.) How would you lay out your space for more efficient workflow? Has anyone had any aha moments that made you think "I wish I would have done that a long time ago."?
I've got a few ideas already but figured it couldn't hurt to look for additional inspiration.
You can kind of see my current workbench situation and I got the sheet pan rack idea from Dan Schumaker here a couple of years ago.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2021, 03:43:22 AM by Drew Hallenbeck »
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Re: Setting up shop (again) tips...?
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2021, 05:47:37 AM »
Looks like the old space was cramped but nicely organized.  It looks like you had a good handle on it but you'll find a drill press makes life a lot easier.  Normal things like good lighting and ventilation are recommended.

I sit all day at work (have been WFH for the past 15 months as well) and I built my current bench to be comfortable working height while standing.  If I do want to sit I use a tall stool.
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Re: Setting up shop (again) tips...?
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2021, 08:45:12 AM »
Ventilation for soldering and I am a huge fan of using a vacuum with my drill press. Makes things a little less messy, shelves with labels are a huge help and having helping hands set up makes pedalbuilding easier.

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Re: Setting up shop (again) tips...?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2021, 12:49:19 PM »
Safety glasses of some sort for the drill press. And a second pair for any nearby "helpers"! (I'm sure she knows not to touch power tools without you around.)
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Re: Setting up shop (again) tips...?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2021, 01:52:23 PM »
Not sure if it's your thing, but I love my stand-up workbench. I have a tall stool that I can lean on or sit on if I want, but standing has helped me prevent a strained back and neck if that's something that you have dealt with. I imagine after 6 years though that you've got it pretty well figured out for yourself, but though I'd mention it.

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Re: Setting up shop (again) tips...?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2021, 04:50:32 PM »
If I was going to do a guitar bench I would definitely do an island so that you can walk completely around it.  Makes repairs so much easier when you don't have to move the instrument.
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