|Workshop by Cosmicsniper||posted 02-01-2011 07:19 AM||2609 reads||1 time favorited||14 comments|
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Shop Update January 16, 2013:
The workshop is a typical 20×20 garage. Being a relatively new home for us, 5 years now, I have gradually added tools in order to do home projects and various other woodworking activities. As with most workshops, this one is a work in progress. I’m building storage features and clearing out typical garage junk as time permits. The work space is confined to one bay of the garage because of all the bikes and other junks, but eventually I will utilize that side with rolling tables/tools when needed.
Still, I like the space and will continue to design and work on (and in) my shop as a source of enjoyment.
The Sketchup illustrations have since been revised and the pictures need to be updated, but it’s fun to play around with it.
The 3hp Delta Unisaw (right tilting) is the “heartbeat” of the shop, complete with a Benchdog router extension wing on the left side. It contains a Woodpeckers PRL-V2 lift, Milwaukee 5625 router, and Rockler router enclosure. The Unisaw is also equipped with an Incra 1000HD miter gauge (with Miter Express) and the Incra TS-LS positioning fence (with joinery package). I also have an Incra v27 miter gauge for quick stuff and use with other tools.
The TS-LS is just amazing, saving me tons of time. I’ve often said its the best tool in my shop.
The Forrest WWII 40T full-kerf blade pretty much stays on the saw except for when I use the DeWalt DW7670 dado set, both of which are excellent. I have other thin kerf blades as well and will use them for specific rip or crosscut jobs.
Stationary tools include the excellent DeWalt 735 planer (on DeWalt mobile table), the Ridgid 6” jointer (JP0610), a 12” Hitachi CMS, the Ridgid Spindle/Belt Sander, a Performax Pro 22/44 drum sander, a HF benchtop drill press, an old Dremel scroll saw, a Craftman pedestal bench-grinder, and the Worksharp 3000 sharpener.
The Bosch 1617 combo is my main handheld router, having previously been in the table with a Rockler FX lift – I still have that lift but don’t know what I’ll do with it. I alos have the DeWalt DW-611 Trim Router Combo for smaller, more delicate jobs. I love both routers.
Other power tools include several by DeWalt (a portable air compressor, hammer drill, biscuit jointer, 7” angle grinder, random orbital and finishing sanders, and nail guns). In addition, there is the cheap (but serviceable) B&D belt sander, a Skil router, a B&D jigsaw, a Craftman Pro 20v Li-Ion drill/circular saw set (underrated tools), a 3.5” Makita Circular saw, a Dremel Multi-tool, and other old hand-me-downs from my father.
Handtools include Groz try-squares, Incra marking tools, Woodriver jack plane, Lie Nielsen rabbet-block plane, Stanley Sweetheart No. 92 shoulder plane, several classic bench planes, Japanese handsaws, Marple chisels, Woodriver butt chisels, and a ton of other rasps, chisels, files, bits, screwdrivers, and wrenches (most passed down from my father and grandfather).
I use the Ridgid 16 gallon shop-vac for hand-power-tool dust extraction, but the 2hp HF dust collector is the main workhorse. I have this ducted with 4” PVC run to the table saw, router table enclosure, and a flexible duct with Rockler Dust-Right attachment for use with the remaining stationary tools. It is equipped with the Long Ranger gate system, so it powers up when I open a gate (the best thing since sliced bread). I plan on adding a Thein baffle/separator in a way that does not increase the existing footprint…as well as a canister filter.
My wishlist of tools includes either a Laguna 14 SUV or Rikon 14-325 bandsaw, though I have recently purchased plans from Matthias Wandel to build one if I can find the time. I’d also like a belt/disk sander station, an upgrade to the drill press, an upgrade to the scroll saw, and a lathe. Actually, I take that back…the next thing I will get is about 20 parallel clamps of various sizes. I REALLY need clamps, but then again, who doesn’t?
Shop Storage and Systems
For wood storage, I have an overhead rack for boards and a shop-built rolling rack for cut-off boards…but I plan on also including wall-rack wood storage as shown in the SketchUp illustration. Still looking for additional sources of good wood around here, preferrably a sawyer as opposed to a hardwood supply store, though Brazos Forest Hardwoods does have some quality stuff for a decent price.
Whereas I have 220v for the Unisaw, I am in sore need for dedicated power for the tools – I have to run an extension cord to an outside wall outlet to run the dust collector – as well as better lighting. I anticipate re-working the electrical very soon…or at least when I can get some of the current projects done. At that time, I will also upgrade the DC system with 5” HVAC ducts.
I will continue to re-build the cabinets for my kitchen, furnishings for my home, and other projects like small boxes and frames (such as the boards for a mitered mirror frame shown atop the Unisaw). Additionally, I am itching to build a workbench, not necessarily like the one in the Sketchup, but something similar. Similarly, a TS outfeed/assembly table is high on the To Do List. I will also build my own cabinets and a work-counter, to give the place a little more “class.” Currently and gradually, I’m switching wall storage over to a french cleat system.
I have also started to construct my first acoustic guitar and have completely several of the jigs required for that crazy task. But I am really looking forward to adding luthiery to my skillset.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!
-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com