|Workshop by Don||posted 12-23-2006 09:05 AM||4801 reads||6 times favorited||22 comments|
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It’s small, but I love it. Yes, it would be nice to have more space, but that isn’t possible. With barely 6’5” of head clearance, my workshop is about 12’ x 14’ with a small dog-leg at one end where I keep my bandsaw, lumber rack and compressor.
In the way of stationary power tools, I have a 3hp 12” cabinet saw which is the heart of my shop, a 14” bandsaw, a combination jointer/planer, a router table with a Triton Router fitted with a Precision Router Lift, a lathe, and a drill press.
I have two other routers, loads of hand tools which get regular use, a sharpening station (in addition to the space described above, and a small kitchenette and a W.C. (No bed yet, but sometimes my wife threatens.
The space was originally a small basement suite for the son of a previous owner of the house. They installed artificial turf as carpeting. My original intention was to remove it. But after dropping a few of my favorite chisels, (and you know they always land pointy side down) with no damage to them I decided the carpet was good protection for this oft-clumsy woodworker.
I am very concerned about the health effects of inhaling wood dust. (Some of the Australian Eucalypts are particularly carcinogenic. See Badwoods) Therefore, I’ve installed a DC system to which all of my stationery tools are hooked up. You can see where the flexible 4” piping goes through the wall to a crawl-space where the DC unit is kept. I can turn it off/on from within the shop. Additionally, I have an air filtration unit mounted near the ceiling on one wall and wear a Triton Air Respirator when working wood. Over-kill? No, remember it’s the dust you can’t see that gets into your lungs and can eventually kill you.
Feel free to ask me about anything you see in these pictures.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/