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Dekker

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Unfortunately, my workshop is only a single car garage. It is cramped, and it shares space with all the normal things you store in a garage, but when I need to work on a project, everything else gets cleared out and dedicated to woodwork.

Shop Tools:
  • ShopVac: Ridgid 5HP, 45L (yup, probably the most important tool)
  • Tablesaw: Craftsman 9-1/2” (circa 1981? Can’t find that size blade anymore!)
  • Router: Freud FT2000E
  • Router Table: shop-made MDF (project photos to come)
  • Jointer: Ridgid JP06101
  • Planer: Ridgid TP400LS
  • Miter saw: Craftsman
  • Bandsaw: Delta SM400 - Great for the budget-minded woodworker, if properly adjusted!

Check out the photo to left. The router table is posted as a project, even though it is very basic. As you can see, whenever I need to work on a piece of wood that is over 3’ long, I need to do some re-arranging. The worktable is out-of-frame to the right, and it is a 1970’s era kitchen table, with steel legs and what looks like melamine top. It was a dumpster rescue, but it’s functional!

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/


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WayneC

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#1 posted 2485 days ago

I’m in a similar situation. What are your main tools? Any neat workbench or storage solutions? I’m sure others will be along to ask for photos…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2485 days ago

Bonjour. Welcome to the LJ Shop.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dekker

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#3 posted 2485 days ago

I updatred my workshop profile with some of my tools.
I’m writing all this from work, so I may be off on my model numbers ;)

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2485 days ago

Thanks for the update. I have the same planer. : ^ )

I’m not sure I have seen a 9 1/2” blade. Other than the blade size, how does the saw work?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dekker

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#5 posted 2484 days ago

Sorry Wayne: I checked last night and I updated my planer model. Goes to show how little I remember!

But as fro the tablesaw, I’d say it’s pretty good, however it is in desperate need of calibration. I need to spend a weekend fixing the miter/angle settings since the act of changing the blade angle moves the portion of the blade that is at the insert/guard. So when I want to cut extreme miters (over 30 degrees?) then I have to take out the plate next to the blade… Never a good thing when you have to bypass safety!

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2484 days ago

Perhaps you can make a wooden insert for it for use on high angle cuts.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Karson

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#7 posted 2484 days ago

Great start. Post some pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dekker

147 posts in 2485 days


#8 posted 2480 days ago

Finally updated the workshop with a picture… And that is a CLEAN workshop, in the sense that it’s not as cluttered as usual…

Notice the heater on the router-table… it’s what lets me work well in the shop well into November, and later if I don’t mind fogging up my work-glasses.

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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Dekker

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#9 posted 2479 days ago

Oh, and if you look at the far back of the garage, in front of the window, you will see a 1960s era futon/couch in the reclined position. Why is it there? Well, the mattresses have died, the “springs” are shot, and there’s some serious damage to one of the cross-members, and she’s butt-ugly by today’s standards.

BUT, the thing is made of solid teak. It was my dad’s, and since he doesn’t want it… every other piece of teak with the set has been sold or recycled, but this one is for me. Namely, I’m going to chop it down for wood! My wife wants me to get rid of the thing, but I think I’m gonna have to sneak the thing apart into pieces and move it to my lumber pile…

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2427 days


#10 posted 2317 days ago

Hi Dekker,

You posted this before I came on board but I am glad it came back up on my list. You have a cozy shop but it looks like you have the tools necessary to do the job.

Do you still have the futon in there?

Thanks for the post.

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

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Dekker

147 posts in 2485 days


#11 posted 2304 days ago

Scott,
Yes I pretty much have what I need to get (most) jobs done… Now it is just the time! My upcoming project is a bathroom remodel, with hardwood/plywood cabinet carcasses and rail-and-stile/panel doors. I’ll have to get more active online, once I get back in the garage that is!

As for the futon, yes, it is still there. It has a significant dollar value of teak that I could “reclaim”, but I’m always wondering if I could recoup that dollar value by simply selling it. Problem is, most buyers of used furniture want something dirt cheap. Ah well. I’ll decide in the spring.

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 2304 days ago

I agree. Most people are looking for a “bargain” and are not wanting to pay for what it is really worth. You are probably better off just simply salvaging the wood and making a nice project(s) from it.

Sounds like you have some exciting projects upcoming.

Stay busy and have fun.

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

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