Finally a dedicated shop DC

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Blog entry by Cato posted 10-21-2009 11:26 PM 6364 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So with fall and winter weather looming, it means my garage door opening and shop vac dust collection from the crosscut and TS days were numbered. Plus being on this forum really has alerted me to the issue of air quality in the shop.Already cooler temps have begun, and after reading and researching on DC units I decided it was time.

Actually things are working out as planned in a way, because I built a storage shed to gain a little more room to expand my shop and equipment area. So with the shed done and the garden stuff out of the garage I decided to make a move on a DC unit. It is a 1.5 hp canister unit from Penn State.
DC unit

So this I think is where I will locate these machines into my newly gained space, and I think it will work out.
I will need to run 4 more banks of flourescent lights. One each for the crosscut and TS and two for a worktable area that I have made space for on the left wall in the pic below. I will also have to add some new receptacle drops for the saws and DC’s, so I will run split circuit receptacles for them.
Space for worktable
I think this arrangement will work as I will have the crosscut RAS unit where it can accomodate long stock for crosscutting and the TS has an old craftsman TS behind it for a catch table, and has 8ft. behind the blade. If I need more I can just back the saw up a little.

Where I had a 12×22 space in this half of my shop before, now I easily have a third again more space. I wanted to have a decent assembly table, so this will allow room for that without still being crowded, and should still leave room for a mobile tabletop planer which is next on my list. After that it might be time for the RAS to retire and I have my eye on the Dewalt 717 sliding miter.

I would blame Scott Bryan for putting the seed in my mind to expand to the other side of the garage, LOL, but that’s just in fun as the wife is glad for me to have a hobby like this, as long as I keep the expenditures reasonable.

Dbhost has just done a blog about hobbyist shops like mine that share storage space in a garage, use a shop vac but want a DC unit, and also need more electrical. Hey thats me, and I even inherited a Central drill press, which is actually not a bad floor model unit, and a pretty dreadful bandsaw that I seldom use. Guess my shop fits that bill to the T!! Will post again when I can get the lighting, electric drops run, and a work/assembly table in place.

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#1 posted 10-21-2009 11:39 PM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 10-21-2009 11:44 PM

Oh sure, blame me! Actually that PSI unit is a nice machine. You chose well to get one with a canister. When I bought my HF DC, I hadn’t seen many PSI DCs. Seems like the folks that own them really like them…

I gotta ask though. I see 2 table saws there. You keeping the older one for Dadoes or something?

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 12:41 AM

Dbhost- Hey not laying it at your door, LOL, just happened that way that I have the Ridgid TS and some HF tools and no DC unit until a week ago!!

As far as I can tell from pics the HF DC and the Penn State look identical except for the canister. It seems to work fine and its actually not a loud machine. I ripped some test wood last night and it was hard to find any dust at all on the TS. I was pleased, and same with the RAS. PSI seems good to work with, and has a 30 day no questions ask return policy and 2 yr. warranty on the machine. So for me worth trying them out.

For now the older craftsman saw, a totally digital 80’s model, is a catch table for the Ridgid. It sits 1/4 inch below the Ridgid and is on a mobile base, so it will serve that purpose for the time being.

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 01:32 AM

Looks good nice shop

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 02:22 AM

Cato, it looks like you have lots more room in there now. Of course more room = more tools. And adding the dust collector was a good idea. But that certainly is a nice shop transformation that you have managed to put together.

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 02:33 AM

Scott- thanks, you started this with me thinking about the other half of the garage to expand to!! Think it will work out nice, once I can swing a planer, sliding miter, and maybe a jointer one of these days. I can keep those in the front half and still use the back half on the other side of the partition wall for my other tools.

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 11:39 AM

The question I have is how did you get your wife to agree to this? I assume that you had to do a lot of groveling and promise to scrap the windshield, warm up her vehicle in the mornings and hold an umbrella for her when she has to get out in the rain, among other things. :)

Your wife sounds like a real gem since she so willingly gave up HER garage space. Sounds like she should be a LJ as well. :)

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 12:42 PM

Scott, actually that half of the garage had just been a catch all since we had moved in a year and a half ago, and I simply rearranged and threw out old moving boxes and so forth and then showed her the cleaned space before I moved the equipment over and she was fine with it since she can’t park her car in there anyway.

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 05:02 PM

Good job…....more space is always a plus. Looks like you’ll have plenty of expansion room….then you’ll need more space. Maybe a carport project is in the future… keep the little woman happy!

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#10 posted 10-23-2009 07:33 PM

Cato – congrats on the PS dust collector. As you know I have been happy with mine. Mine just isn’t qute so shinny red anymore. I know you will be happy that you got the canister, just remember to keep the dust knocked off of it. I hope you have many bags of chips in your future.

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