Mostly for convenience, but also for my safety.
Having large machines immobile besides my main TS, have become troublesome for me.
I have tripped accidently twice the past month, and its mostly do to the small area and grouping of machines, the mitre stand always blocking the entrance, etc.
As mentioned, my eyes dont function the correct way anymore, I can see fine, but when the muscles tire, the peripheral vision stinks, and I spend so much time concentrating on my vision, seems I dont see below or to the sides well.
Anyway, as everything else in life, its just a small obstacle that I will live with and setting my shop up accordingly is a must, right now.
First, I removed any cabinets that were in an area I needed for something else.
Not much in those cabinets anyway. The cabinets along the front wall on right were taken out, I built a lumber rack up to the roof.
The lumber rack on the left side is now gone.
I moved the bandsaw all the way to the front left corner, where it will be easy to run dust collection lines, and only roll the saw out a couple of feet if Im resawing longer boards.
I purchased a lift table on sale at harbor freight, I keep the planer on it, so I can move it to center of garage when I need it and wont have to lift it up anymore, the lift table will lift it to table height, then Ill just slide it over, like a sick patient from gurney to bed.
I will park the lift table next to the bandsaw, underneath a folding shelf I will use for the new left extension of the new sliding mitre, Makita, 10 inch.
The sliding mitre will be at same level as the new work bench will be, the mitre to the left of the bench. Permanent position. I was going to build a mobile base stand with fold down wings, but the mitre in that position along the left wall will be another easy dust collection hookup for me.
I removed the tall narrow tool cabinet next to the old work bench, so I can make the work bench a bit wider,(and deeper), and still have adequate room for the sliding mitre.
I will then build a new sub table,(on strong castors) under the work table, that will house several drawers to hold most of the electric handheld tools, and the small wrenches and screwdrivers, etc.I will also put a small wood vise on the portable work table since Im sick and tired of trying to figure out ways to clamp down wood on its edge when I need to plane a bit.(or need to hold something to chisel out a bit)
The rolling sub table will not be as wide as the work table, I will leave enough to put in a new rolling router table. I will be purchasing a Porter Cable router for this table, but this is last on my list.
The jointer will stay on the far wall in the back, as it was, the compressor will be put on a small cart, Im building that this weekend, using the plywood from the cabinets and rolling table I have now, that Im going to dissassemble.
Im going to use the 2.5 inch castors I have on the rolling table now, for the air compressor cart. I purchased 5 inch urethane red rollers for the new rolling table.
I also purchased(at harbor freight), and pneumatic hose reel to keep the hose neat and in place because it has become a hazard for me not seeing it and knowing its a accident waiting to happen.
Ive put some planning into this.