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Shop photos updated March 2013!

My shop is in a freestanding garage which came with a treated floor and air compressor. I recently measured it and I’ve got about 500 square feet to play in. This space is part of why we bought this house, and I spent April through September 2010 choosing my machines, working out my budget, and – the fun part – ordering them! 2011’s largest improvement project was running some permanent dust collection ducting through the shop. about 85% of it was completed by the end of 2011, and the remaining few lines on the back wall were finished in October 2012.

In December 2011 I had an electrician in to replace four of my five single incandescent bulbs with eight foot banks of fluorescent lighting. On Dec 26th 2011 I installed three sets of wall mounted lumber storage, which has really helped with organization. Next to learn how to use my wet grinder, sharpen my tools and get back to some turning projects that I’ve had on hold for a while.

I’ve kept a photo album of the shop’s development since buying the house in 2010; it can be found here.

My husband “blogged” about my workshop in March 2011 and again in April 2012.

Tools list, in order of purchase:

Air compressor (came with the shop)
Secondhand Delta lathe
Triton personal respirator unit
DeWalt scroll saw
Secondhand spindle sander
Porter-Cable floor drill press
Grizzly 14” bandsaw (converted to 220V) dedicated to curves
Carba Tec mini lathe
Secondhand router table
Grizzly belt/disc sander (4”x36”)
DeWalt Router with twin bases
13” DeWalt planer
SawStop cabinet saw (220V)
Grizzly 8” Jointer (220V)
JDS ceiling mounted air filtration system
DeWalt sliding compound miter saw
Harbor Freight 1 HP portable dust collector
Laguna 2HP cyclone dust collector (220V)
Tormek wet grinder
SoleusAir dehumidifier for Oregon winters! (This died after 18 months and was replaced with a PerfectAire model in Aug 2013.)
Canon D420 toner printer at an amazing price; now I can easily copy patterns.
Rikon 18” bandsaw (220V) dedicated to resawing and milling.

Recently completed projects:

  • Figured out a way to connect dust hose to the spindle sander’s very shallow port (2/12/12)
  • Built a 220v extension cord for my table saw so the miter sled doesn’t interfere with the cabling (spring 2012)
  • Made a ””Create word game for my nephew for Christmas (11/25/12)
  • Made a wooden height chart for my son (3/21/13)
  • Finished replacement ends for three wooden beds (the topic of the April 2012 blog post). Two of the three are done, as are the under-mattress slats for the third. (summer 2013)

Projects currently on the boil:

  • Build a miter saw station on top of the long table in back – I’ve got everything done but the movable supports
  • Learning to use the Tormek grinder
  • Pen turning
  • Learning to make bandsaw boxes – I’m using 4×4 western cedar

Projects planned for the near-ish future:

  • Very slowly finishing the sanding on my wall mounted baseball cap rack project, and adding keyhole brackets
  • Lots of scroll saw practice

Longer-term projects:

  • Folding/removable outfeed table for Sawstop
  • Outfeed table for 18” bandsaw
  • A “vase with flowers” turning project with my next door neighbour

38 comments so far

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1630 days ago

Well Elizabeth
It depends what your going to make in your shop . The layout of course has to do with the size of shop your working with.

Here’s a link that might help.

http://grizzly.com/workshopplanner.aspx

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Elizabeth

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#2 posted 1630 days ago

Hi Jim,

I’m not planning on doing big stuff like furniture for the foreseeable future. I am drawn toward simple small toys, scroll sawn puzzles and boxes, “mechanical marvels” with gears and moving parts, and musical instruments of the whistle/flute/ocarina variety. I want to start with a few machines (drill press, scroll saw and table saw will probably be among the first) and then get more as I have the need and skill.

The space itself is about the size of a double garage.

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bigike

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#3 posted 1630 days ago

well the site he sugested is the best site for tools too very low prices they even have the dewalt scrollsaw so there is other tools in there too. GOOD LUCK!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1630 days ago

I think you have a pretty good plan. don’t forget a good workbench or table and a chop saw might be a good addition also, and of course clamps are a big help too. you might play around with the Grizzly shop planner and see what you come up with. let me know if you need more help.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Splinterman

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#5 posted 1630 days ago

Hey Elizabeth,
Post some pics of your progress when time permits.

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Elizabeth

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#6 posted 1630 days ago

Will do, Splinterman! I’m hoping to get started in May.

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NBeener

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#7 posted 1630 days ago

Elizabeth: the single most helpful thing you could add to your shop is a1Jim, who lives only about an hour and a half from you :-)

Good luck!!

-- -- Neil

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1630 days ago

Maybe my son who lives in Creswell

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Elizabeth

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#9 posted 1630 days ago

I’m definitely hoping to get to know the local woodworkers, suppliers and events. Creswell’s only about a half hour from me. Jim, is your son on Lumberjocks?

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1630 days ago

No but he’s a very good woodworker .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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donnyTop5

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#11 posted 1597 days ago

Hey I grew up in Creswell and use to work in a cabinet shop there. Legacy Cabinets, though I’m in Medford now…

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sillac

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#12 posted 1398 days ago

Elizabeth: Looks like you have a SawStop professional table saw, how do you like it so far? Don’t wait too long to get a dust collection system. How did or is the woodworking class go/going at the U of O? Looks like they have a lot of good equipment.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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GaryL

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#13 posted 1398 days ago

Wow..all new equipment right out of the gate! Now that’s the way to get the ball rolling.
Glad your budget let you get started so well.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Elizabeth

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#14 posted 1398 days ago

Sillac, I like the Sawstop but bear in mind it’s also the first table saw I’ve ever used. It’s easy to set up, looks great, seems relatively quiet and has a good dust collection setup. And of course I know that if I am ever stupid I won’t lose a finger for it. I am a musician so I really need to keep my fingers. The woodworking class at U of O is halfway through and I’m enjoying it a lot. I tried to get a head start by jointing my boards before I brought them in, but they warped in the autumn Oregon weather so I had to joint them again anyway. On Wednesday I will probably be starting assembly of my bench. On the advice of my neighbor I am waiting till I know my machines are all where I want them to be before putting in DC ducting, and he was right – I’ve already moved a couple of things since thinking that I was ready.

Gary, I figured if I bought the right stuff at the start then I won’t have to replace them for 30 or 40 years! I’ve been saving for this for a long time but a big help was the exchange rate of UK pounds to US dollars, as all my saving was done while working in the UK.

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NBeener

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#15 posted 1398 days ago

Hm.

Missed this, when it was first posted.

May I simply say …. WOO-HOOOOOOO !!!

Way to hit the ground running !!

And … great tool selection ! If I’m not mistaken, am I looking at the rear end of a G0555 band saw ??

Veddy nice !

-- -- Neil

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