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Virginia Beach, Va 23456
United States

Well, its been about 3 years since I have had a shop or done any woodworking. Moved to Virginia Beach and rented for several years and have finally bought a home with a 2 car garage that I will use for my hobby. Recently had the power circuits run for the equipment, and now decluttering and arranging. Next will be some pegboard for tools. Really excited to get back to it.

Added a Jet Xacta Deluxe table saw March 2012 to replace my Ridgid 4511. The Jet will be a really nice addition to my shop.
In addition to the Jet table saw I have:
Dewalt 735 planer with Wixey digital readout
Ridgid 6” jointer
Makita 1016ls Sliding miter
Osborne EB-3 miter gauge
Dewalt compressor
Bosch Router table
Bosch 1617 router with bases
Porter Cable 690vs router with 3 bases
Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig
Harbor Freight floor model drill press
Harbor Freight bandsaw
Penn State 1.5 hp DC with chip collector
Ridgid Oscillating sander
Dewalt ROS and numerous hand tools

For my hobby I feel that I should be set for awhile without needing any new equipment purchases. Did I say that?
Did you believe it?

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 03:12 AM

Cato, this is a nice space that you have to work in. I see a lot of potential in your shop. You have organized it well and it looks like you have plenty of space in which to work. Any chance of expanding into the adjacent garage if necessary? I say this somewhat hesitantly because I know what would happen if I tried to get my wife to move her vehicle outside so I could set up shop in the upper garage. I would be outside in the weather before her truck would be. I am glad that we had the foresight to add a third garage to our walkout basement which, after the boys were on their own, I converted into a shop area. Any idea how many square feet you have in your shop?

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 04:44 AM

Nice set up.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 12:56 PM

Thanks Scott and Jim. I will have some more space to expand into once I complete my next project, which will be building a storage shed. I try to send the dust out of the garage door, but at some point I will have to get a 4” dust collector.

Finding time on the weekends to do woodworking is a big issue for me. Yardwork, the day job as a plant manager etc. doesn’t leave a lot of time for the hobby side.

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 06:36 PM

Cato, I have that same table saw and guess what I did with the steel cage! I put 4 casters on it and a piece of plywood! hahaha That is so funny. Actually, I stood mine up on it’s side to make a tall narrow rolling cart for my CNC router.

Nice start you got there. Drop me a line and let me know how you like the TS and the new cart!

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#5 posted 06-17-2009 03:09 AM

Posted in the wrong spot. Sorry!

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 10:05 PM

Cato…thats ALOT of room… great space… makes it easy to work without so much clutter.

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

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#7 posted 06-27-2009 03:42 AM

Purp, I’ve been framing a storage shed to gain some more room in the garage, as I would like to add a DC and a jointer and a planer when budget permits. Don’t want to give up the floor space I have now. Too much clutter can be frustrating at times when you don’t have room to layout or glue up without bumping into everything.

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#8 posted 07-05-2009 05:11 PM

Nice shop Cato….I like the lay out, tools and the room.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#9 posted 07-12-2009 10:19 PM

Thats a good start to what will be a great shop.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 05:48 AM

Nice workshop.

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