Workbench upgrade or how to fit everything in a small carpentry workshop

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A full-fledged carpentry workshop on 9 square meters — is it even possible? How do I find a place for additional machines?

If you’ve watched my past YouTube videos, you’ve probably already seen my circular. More precisely, a hand-held circular saw bolted to a piece of plywood, and that piece of plywood is bolted to the workbench at one corner!

From below it looks like this.

Can this be called a circular? Seriously!

Of course, like any carpenter, I dream of a real circular, for example the Warrior 702, as in this photo.

In fact, only a desktop circular will fit in my 9 squares, for example a Makita 2704 or DeWalt DW745. Here they are.

Makita on the site

In addition to the circular, I would also like to fit a band saw in my mini-workshop, I am looking closely at the JIB MBS-350, it costs 59 thousand rubles.

There is, of course, an option to make the circular yourself from the same Hitachi manual circular, just fix it on a normal plane, make T-tracks and a parallel stop, a curbstone, etc.

But in the end, you will still get a homemade circular, and it is not a fact that it will be better than the factory one.

Yes, and I’m lazy, so I’ll save up for the desktop version. 🙂

By the way, maybe you have experience using a table circular, and can you advise something? Write in the comments, I will be grateful.

To understand how I can place a circular with a ribbon on my 9 squares, I decided to draw a 3D model of the workshop.

Blue is the space for the band saw.

And here I have highlighted in blue a place for a circular saw.

But they stand close to the Albert shelves from IKEA, and overlap them. The only option that came to my mind is to shorten the workbench on both sides, which is on the right.

The workbench is also a storage area for wood, and cutting it on both sides and then moving it is not an easy task!

See for yourself how much is in it!

The eyes are afraid, but the hands do, or rather wear. The workbench is almost empty, and peeling plaster shone behind it.

But this is not because renovations have not been done there for a long time. My wife and I held it a year ago, and the wall was perfect!

It’s just that there is earth behind the wall, and the builders at one time did not take care of proper waterproofing, so the wall gets wet in the autumn-spring periods and the putty begins to flake off.

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We return to the workbench. Sockets are screwed on the bottom, and they must be removed, because these sections of the countertop will be cut off.

In order not to waste extra energy on sawing with a hand saw, I remove a hand circular from the plywood.

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And I cut off 30 centimeters of the countertop.

I perform a similar procedure on the other side of the workbench.

Now I’m collecting sockets.

To install the workbench close to the wall, you need to make a cutout in the worktop for the cable channel that goes down to the sockets.

I saw it with a hand saw and chisel it out with chisels.

Since this is my new version of the workbench, it needs to be polished a little, especially the cutting areas.

A little more movement of boards and tools, and the workbench in its new place! In relation to the old position, he moved it to the right, almost close to the battery.

Well, now there is an additional 60 cm to the left of the workbench. Agree, this is not enough for a workshop of 9 square meters!

Well, now I will save up for new machines. I don’t know when this will happen. 🙂

You can watch the whole process in more detail in this video. Happy viewing! If you like it, don’t forget about the «like». 😉

Thank you for your time.