|Workshop by DickB||posted 08-30-2012 07:20 PM||2485 reads||2 times favorited||11 comments|
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My shop is actually my garage, and space is limited. However I can get both vehicles – a minivan and a roadster – into the garage when necessary. To accomplish this, I custom built built the cabinets, work stations, and dust collector and vacuum closets.
All of the workstations are on casters and several do double duty. An example is the table saw. I removed the manufacturer’s work surface to the right and built in a sander using parts from a kit. Another is the miter saw stand with folding wings. In the cabinet is a planer that swaps places with the saw when needed.
I have a dust collector in the adjacent crawlspace and use a Rockler Dust Right collapsible hose to connect to the tool that I’m using at the time. The hose is stored out of the way when not needed. Similarly, to the left I built a closet for a flexible central vacuum hose. To use, I just open the door and pull the hose out. When done, I stuff it back where it doubles over on itself in a storage space in the crawlspace.
On the wall above the workbench is a custom computer. It is self-contained and uses a wireless keyboard with joystick mouse. I can browse construction articles, auto repair manuals, listen to mp3s or Pandora, etc.
In the cabinets I have a stereo receiver and iPod dock, and you can’t quite see the small speakers on top of the cabinets. I like my tunes. I also have a classic pair of Koss Pro4A headphones and a radio transmitter/receiver pair. Whatever I’m listening to on the stereo, be it iPod, Pandora, or whatever, is also broadcast to the headphones. I slip them on when sanding or running the planar, and they do a very good job of protecting the ears as well as playing tunes.
-- Dick, http://www.carveshop.com