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Thought I’d finally take some pictures of my workshop and post them. So far this is only part of it they’ll be more to come. I just completed mounting and aligning the RAS and the picture was taken before its first cut. I had to lower the bench where it sits because its frame was taller then my previous RAS but keep the bench strong enough to hold its 300lbs and keep it level. Landed up making a router sled to accomplish that feat.

You’ll notice the planer, mortiser and spindle sander are slid back out of the way. That way the bench supports anything I’m cutting on the RAS or chop saw and if I had to I could cut a 30 ft board in half. When I need to plane a board I remove the table top in front of the planer and slide it forward. The bench then becomes the outfeed table for the planer. I can plane 10 ft boards if I need to and the full length is supported on the outfeed side by the bench top.

Same goes for the mortiser and the spindle sander, when I need to use them I remove the section of bench top in front of each and slide them forward. The height of the bench also matches the height of the UniSaw so if I’m cutting something wide to the left the bench supports it.

Oh and the bench everything is sitting on was my first big project. 2×4 construction and every joint a lap joint. It’s been through a lot of modifications over the years to accommodate my ever changing machines but is holding up pretty well.

The HangUp Pro Shop Vac’s hose runs along the ceiling for about 18 ft or so on hooks and I lower it to vacuum up the floor or bench or connect to my sanders when I’m using them to grab the dust right away.

Now that I have the RAS and chop saw mounted in place I have to make the dust hoods to go behind each. I had hoods behind my old RAS and chop saw but of course these changed too much thus making the old hoods ineffective.

Here's a link showing most of the tools/machines in the shop. And this link has a few more pictures of my workshop.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 11-16-2009 08:35 AM

Looks like you have a pretty good set up. I’m a bit worried about the 40 footers, how will you handle them ?:-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 08:38 AM

LOL Thanks. I don’t even know where I’d get a 30 footer, let alone get it down the stairs…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 08:50 AM

At least you have the capacity to cut it. What do you build down there?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 09:01 AM

Mostly stuff for my shop it seems. :-)) The bench you see, another furniture style bench for my grinders with drawers, another one for my drill press too, the outfeed table on th UniSaw which is a torsion box design for stability and swings down out of the way, the extension table that the router is on. But when I redid my bathroom I built the vanity and a in wall medicine cabinet, A floor to ceiling pantry type cabinet for my kitchen, various bookcases for different rooms some wall hanging, kitchen cabinets and raised panel doors for my sister’s kitchen (I like making raised panel doors), hanging cabinets by my washer/dryer, an in wall almost floor to ceiling cabinet in the hallway by the bathroom, etc. etc. etc. Stuff for friends, birdreeder for my backyard, basically anything I can think of. I started a white maple and walnut TV stand last winter, planning of finishing that shortly.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 04:08 PM

very cool Curt. thanks for the pics. I like how the tables are all aligned for extra capacity for longer boards

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 04:24 PM

You’ve got some major quality stuff. the router table and table saw combo is great. I enjoyed looking. Thanks for posting!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 09:03 PM

I really like your table saw and router table configuration.

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 02:28 AM

Very nice shop, I really like the bench, so versitile, nice work. Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 02:34 AM

Nice looking shop!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 11-17-2009 08:58 AM

Hey Blankman,
That is a nice set-up…well done.

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#11 posted 11-17-2009 01:59 PM

Curt, this is a nice looking shop that you have to work in. It looks to be well organized and I like you bench set-up. It does provide you with good support for the miter saw and RAS while also adding much needed storage. You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. Like Daniel, I also enjoy seeing your table saw/router combination. That looks like a pretty nice tool station.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 04:03 AM

Thanks everyone. I just added a picture of my wood storage rack and had a few more to add of other things but 6 is the limit. Bummer.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 06:25 AM

You can put them in photobucket and put the links in the text. It you put hte direct link between ”!” marks, the pic wil show up instead of just the link. GrayK has a blog about doing it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 11-18-2009 08:10 AM

Hey Curt,
Sweet lumber rack…good job.

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#15 posted 11-18-2009 08:17 AM

Hey Curt
This is a nice shop that’s well organized and nice tools too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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