|Workshop by DustyMark||posted 534 days ago||1392 reads||3 times favorited||8 comments|
My latest shop is split between a three-car garage and the fourth bedroom. Yes, my wife is way cool and gave me the green light to take over a bedroom when the second of three step-kids moved into an apartment. This shop annex gets me out of the brutal Florida heat once heavy machining is done.
My shop in the garage holds two cars, two kayaks, a cruiser motorcycle, two triathlon bikes, a tandem bike, lawn mower and trimmers, a gun safe, a freezer, and my woodworking tools. The table saw and sliding compound miter saw are fixed installations. The band saw, jointer, and planer are on wheels.
Dust Collection: I have an older generation Oneida 1 1/2 hp cyclone mounted to the wall. The cut-off saw and table saw each have a drop. The band saw, jointer, and planer share a drop in the center area of the garage after the cars are moved outside.
Table Saw: The heart of the system is an old Delta contractor’s saw with an Excalibur fence and sliding cut-off table. A home-built outfeed table makes life easier and a 3 hp Elu plunger router is mounted on the right side. I built a box under the saw to collect dust off the bottom and installed an Excalibur over-arm guard to collect dust off the top.
Cut-Off Saw: A Makita sliding compound miter saw is mounted between three cabinets on the left and one cabinet on the right. An oak fence with an adhesive measuring tape ensures accurate cuts while using a Beismeyer stop with a hariline indicator to set the cut length. I recently built a dust hood that works only for 90 degree cuts. I will build some kind of a tent shroud to catch the dust for the rest of the odd cuts. The table I built for the saw is too narrow and the end of the rail bumps into the adjoining cabinets. So much for designing at the bench. I’ll have make the top wider eventually.
Band Saw: I have an old Delta 14” band saw. I installed riser blocks for resawing operations. An aftermarket dust hood does a pretty good job of catching much of the dust. I use the carbon blocks to hold the blade tight.
Planer: I currently use a Delta 15” planer with a 3 hp motor. It keeps up to milling my rough lumber. However, a benchtop planer is more versatile for planing thin layers for lamination. I miss my 12” Makita planer for those operations. The dust hood works great on the planer.
Jointer: An old woodworker warned me that a 6” jointer was too small for cabinet work. He was right; I traded the Delta 6” jointer with my Dad and now have a Delta 8” jointer.
Festool TS-55 Plunge Saw: I recently purchased the Festool plunge saw and guide rails for cutting sheet goods. This is very accurate and convenient. I split a sheet of MDF into three pieces and mounted banquet table legs to each piece. I line the tables up and lay down a sheet of 3/4” foam as a sacrifice piece. This works great for Festool system. The removable power cord was bad out of the box since I have to wiggle it around to get contact so the motor will run; definitely a poor design. I’m not sure why they don’t install a permanently mounted cord. We’ll work that out with Woodcraft and Festool. After the warranty expires, I might permanently mount the cord.
Dust Colletion: I purchased an Oneida Mini-Gorilla cyclone to capture the dust off of the lathe. I have a hood for messy work at the bench. I also mounted a Jet air filter on the ceiling. I have a Fein shop vac that I can hook up to my sander and router. I need to keep the dust down to keep my wife happy since this is in the house. The annex is at the far end of the house from the kitchen, family room, and master bedroom; so noise isn’t an issue.
Lathe: I recently bought a Jet 1642 lathe and finished building a large dust hood for it. The very top of the hood has a layer of lexan polycarbonate to allow light inside. The front shield also has a layer of lexan sandwiched in a frame and hinged to the top. The 5” window provides plenty of view for spindle turning. This helps choke down the hood at the front and increases suction. Chips that land on the bed can be pushed into the hood. Most of the sanding dust is sucked in by the hood. I fitted closed cell foam under the lathe bed to plug up the gap between the bed and the end of the hood. While turning smaller pieces, I’ll move the tail stock all the way into the hood area. I mostly turn parts for the chairs I build and this is a good solution to dust control for spindle turning.
Drill Press: I use a Delta 16” floor-standing drill press; an old, reliable tool.
Hollow Chisel Mortising Machine: I use a Delta mortiser. I used to plunge route my mortises with a special jig, but the mortiser is a lot easier.
Sharpening: I bought the Tormek system when it first came to the States. I’ve got about all the attachments and am very happy with the accurate, sharp edge it puts on my tools.
Workbench: I made the European-style workbench from a scrap of bowling alley floor and some birch I cut down and brought to the sawmill in the summer of 1980. I often wish it were longer, but the original bowling alley scrap was only this long. It actually works out better now that it’s located in a bedroom shop annex. The Record holdfast and the tail vice work great for all types of holding operations.
-- Mark, Florida