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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.

Shop Projects

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,

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 02:07 PM

Jay, you have a nice looking shop. The pegboard that you are using is a good idea as it helps to organize your hand tools and keep them ready for use while being fairly economical to use. You also have a nice set of tools to play with.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 04:44 AM

Thanks for the posting, Scott. You have a great workshop yourself. I have Sawstop envy!

-- jay,

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 04:46 AM

Nice looking shop.

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 04:50 AM

Looks good Jay. Also looks like I am about 12-15 miles away from you.

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 12:04 PM

Hey Jay,
Sweet set-up and cool Incra gear..well done.

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 04:32 PM

I really like your miter saw / drill press / table saw outfeed cabinet. Great use of space!

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 05:35 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments, guys. I sure love this community!

-- jay,

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 03:54 AM

Nice space you have

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 06:12 PM

Hi Jay, After your metaphysics comment on Teststor’s thread I tought I’d check out some of your projects posted to see what you’ve been cutting. Telescope parts? lol. Ok then check out the shop. You do have youself a nice bunch of tools and a cool place to use them. Hope that when you get your workspace finnished we’ll get to see some of your woodworking. In the meantime work safe and have fun.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 04-29-2011 06:45 PM

Hey, Darrelll!

Thanks for the comments! Check out my “disclaimer” above! LOL!

Over the past two years, I’ve been working on a kitchen remodel, which included a tile job throughout much of my home’s lower level. It’s been very time consuming trying to work around three kids and a couple of jobs (one of which is building small observatories). I’m making great progress, as now I’m in the kitchen cabinet rebuild phase (the fun phase), but it has kept me from doing a whole lot of other things.

I have completed a few boxes, an aquarium stand, boy scout wood-projects, shop fixtures, and mirror frames during that time…and my kitchen island is almost complete…but I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t like to give partial project presentations and tool reviews. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, even if my work isn’t always perfect…far from it. For that reason, I haven’t added much to the LJ site in those areas.

I’ll try to do that soon!

As for my history, I actually started woodworking in high school…building a lot of my own furniture way back in the day. Of course, I never saw the need to document any of that stuff…and never really kept it around. None of it was very pretty anyway…I only started caring about the quality of things I did once I started astrophotography…the science behind doing things really translates to other aspects of life.

Anyway…I appreciate the input to the workshop! I’ve enjoying planning out various projects to make my space even better. It’s very much my man-cave…and I get a lot of provide out of what it will become.

-- jay,

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#11 posted 08-11-2011 09:05 AM

Hey Cosmicsniper

You left a comment on one of my posting and I decided to check out your workshop. I’m in a similar situation. I work out of my garage and everything is set for 110v except I run an extension cord to my circuit breaker box where I installed an outdoor 220 plug for my table saw.

I would like to install a sub-breaker but I don’t have any special funds for something like that. II was able to install the 220 plug but there’s noway I could put in a sub-breaker.

I’m in constant organization mode for my garage to get everything to fit. I had a jointer but actually sold it because I really used it and it took up room. After I finish my TV stand I’m going to continue building shelving for the garage so I have room to store everything.

I was wondering where you keep you yard and normal garage stuff. I build a shed behind my garage to store most of the yard stuff although the lawnmower is still in the garage.

I enjoyed your future garage plans and can’t wait to see the progress. I understand about everything taking time to put up online. I started a website regarding woodworking and it’s a lot of work trying to keep up with it.

Good to meet you

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#12 posted 08-11-2011 05:44 PM


Thanks for checking out my shop!

What you don’t see in my photos is that the other side of the garage has bicycles, wagons, scooters, and boxes of stuff that will be sent off to charity! I do have a shed in the back for my lawn equipment and pool stuff, but I need to figure a way to store all the kid’s stuff. I could reorganize that shed and make room for that stuff by maybe getting rid of pool toys in the shed (build some outdoor toy boxes for the pool stuff?), but the only problem I see then is the kids having to go through my locked gates just to grab a scooter.

My wife still wants to be able to park in the garage, and she has said that if I make that happen I can get an air conditioner for the garage…so I guess that’s an acceptable trade-off. Much of my tools and shop furniture can be rolled around to make use of the space once I temporarilty evict my wife’s spoiled Honda Pilot, so it’s a quasi win-win scenario for me. It does mean that I’m stepping up my efforts in finding a better place for all that stuff.

Regarding posting projects, my biggest issue is that my lapwhen dent down, which was my main method for uploading images to my website. Since then, I haven’t bothered getting a reliable FTP client for my PC in order to do all that. I guess I could just get a Flicker account and hotlink from there, but I’ve tried to avoid that. My peers pressured me into a Facebook pages, much to my regret, so I’m trying to resist all the other social networking trends. LOL!

-- jay,

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#13 posted 09-16-2011 11:42 PM

Nice shop! Isn’t it so deceptive designing the layout in sketchup? I think somebody should make and “Add Clutter” plugin to give a more realistic view ;)

-- Jesse --

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#14 posted 11-16-2012 09:28 AM

Nice looking shop there mate, like must of us always in a state of constant flux. It suppose that’s all part of the fun, designing it one way then finding out in reality it could be tweaked or altered in some way.

Have fun in there and good luck with the home projects.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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