|Workshop by DustyMark||posted 09-27-2012 09:28 PM||2391 reads||3 times favorited||8 comments|
I retired to my hometown in June 2014. I had a ranch style house built on a 2,100 sq. footprint with a full, unfinished basement. This is the third basement shop I’ve operated in over the years. Basement shops are my favorite as they are climate controlled and tend to be very spacious. This house is very “tight”, so dust control is important. I installed an overhead dust filter in the bench area and in the machine area to catch light dust that escapes my dust collection hoods.
Dust Collection: I have an older generation Oneida 1 1/2 hp cyclone mounted to a stand at the far end of the shop. The cut-off saw, table saw, jointer, and planer each have a dedicated drop. I installed a drop in the center of the machine area for the band saw and a possible future drum sander.
I purchased an Oneida Mini-Gorilla cyclone to capture the dust off of the lathe when it was located in an extra bedroom at my previous home in FL. I now use this primarily for my lathe and messy work at the bench. I have a Fein shop vac with an Oneida Dust Deputy cyclone that I hook up to my sander and router. I also rigged an old Craftsman shop vac with a Dust Deputy.
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 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. Carter bandsaw guides were a worthwhile purchase.
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 the Festool system.
Lathe: I own a Jet 1642 lathe and built 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, Minnesota