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Workshop by Gator posted 05-03-2008 03:34 AM 2571 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My shop is a 16×24 garage behind my house. The inside walls are insulated and covered with 5/8” drywall for that extra “bump” protection. Wired with 110 and 220, with a sleeve air conditioner and a natural gas furnace to keep the climate consistent year round. Lots of fluorescent lighting to keep the eyes sharp, and a home built dust collector hanging from the ceiling to help me breathing a little longer. Clamp storage is mostly on the wall and on the side of the wood rack. As far as machines, I have Sawstop table saw, General planer and jointer, King bandsaw and dust collector, and they are all on wheels so I can keep them out of the way when not in use. Various other hand and power tools and jigs that keep me learning how to use them.

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I have edited the shop pictures to show my recent upgrades. I added a wood storage rack, and the bench at the end of my bench is actually an inside kennel for my beagle Zeus. Now he can get into the shop from the back yard through a dog door I put in the back wall of the garage into his own little apartment inside out of the cold or heat depending on the time of year. I added a door on the inside for the days that I don’t want him to get in past his house. At the end of the wood rack is a couple wall mounted shelves for storing jigs, and some small pieces of wood. I still have to share the shop with the lawnmower and other tools, but hopefully can build another shed out back soon to give me a little more room in here. There is a vac system mounted on the wall that runs from a secondary shop vac to the cut off saw and band saw to keep the dust down and the King dust collector takes care of the dust from the other machines. I try to spend as much time as life allows here, but it just never seems to be enough.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#1 posted 05-03-2008 04:03 AM

That’s anice looking shop you got there. I like your helper also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-03-2008 04:17 AM


You have a nice shop. It looks like a well-organized space in which to work and you have a nice set of tools to play with. I am sure you don’t have to worry about your tools walking off with a trained guard dog like this on duty. :)

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed looking at your shop and Zeus.

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#3 posted 05-03-2008 05:59 AM

A nice looking shop. Have fun working there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 09:46 PM

Thanks guys… I really enjoy my time out there. I am an office geek by day, so it is very relaxing to spend the evening building something, or even doing nothing but sharpening chisels …

The only danger anyone would ever be in with Zeus, is if they had a treat in your pocket… :)


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 07:51 PM

i took a look around your shop while i was on you page. i looks like a great space. my shop is in the basement and has a low ceilng i would love to have my shop in a garage. looks like you have lots of room and then some if you get the shed.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 05:03 AM

Gator thats a nice shop.

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 07:51 AM

Good shop and nice tools.

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#8 posted 10-08-2009 08:30 PM

Great shop you have there! Cool shop foreman too!

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 04:31 AM

That is one great looking shop. I love to see a neat organized shop. Our shops are close in size and have similar equipment. I keep my jigs and off-fall in a shed outside the back door of the shop. My extra solid stock is kept in the unfinished basement.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 10:06 AM

Great looking Shop, Got me Drooling LOL :)

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#11 posted 08-12-2012 01:53 PM

Really, really, really NICE!!!

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#12 posted 08-13-2012 08:11 PM

Very nice shop. It looks like it would be a pleasure to work in your shop.


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#13 posted 12-03-2013 11:28 PM

Great looking shop Gator! You’re only a stone’s throw away across the river.

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

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#14 posted 12-05-2013 11:07 AM

Thanks Gary, I really should update the pictures, as I have made so many changes and additions to the shop it does not look like that anymore. I actually go through Marysville often. I ride my motorcycle down the river road quite a bit during the summer. It is a beautiful ride on both sides of the river.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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