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Recently built an outside shed for the dust collector. In addition to opening up some valuable shop space, it’s a lot quieter and cleaner. The overhead sch 40 PVC duct was previously installed, and it was only necessary to turn around some tees to reverse the direction of flow. There are three 4” drops; one behind the bandsaw, one for the table saw and one for the downdraft table. There is also a 2 1/2” drop that connects to each of the five work stations in the middle of the floor.

There are two 20 amp circuits in the garage. All the woodworking machines are connected to one circuit since I can only operate one at a time, and the other circuit powers the dust collector and some convenience outlets. I’m very thankful for my wife who gave up her parking space for the shop, and also did the putty and paint job on the shed.

The old Total Shop machine (a Shopsmith “knock-off”) was a gift many years ago, but it’s “clunky” and takes up a fair amount of space. The attached band saw and jointer have been replaced by stand alone machines, but it makes a great sanding station with a 6” belt, a 12” disk, and a 14” x 18” cast iron table with a real miter gauge. The features I’m most dependent on are the horizontal boring capability, and the lathe with a 16” swing; these features were both indispensable for making the rim for the banjo project. The Total Shop also powers the custom built thickness sander which is shown as one of my first projects. I guess it doesn’t take up that much space for all it does – but it’s still a bit “clunky”.

The Cutech Jointer was purchased last year. I’m so pleased with it I can’t imagine buying anything else. It is light, relatively quiet, and doesn’t tend to bog down since it’s not pushing six inches of steel through a single cut. The spiral cutters are barely 1/2” in width, and maintenance free after truing the tables and the initial setup. I plan on getting a set of spare cutters – just in case- but debating on high speed steel vs. carbide. Any suggestions?

The Rigid thickness planner has had a lot of use, but it’s been in the shop twice for repairs. That’s a 60 mile drive each way to an approved repair shop, but thank goodness for the 3 year warranty. The warranty is expired now, so if it goes on the blink again I’ll send right out for the Cutech planner.

The 14” Craftsman band saw is less than two years old. I started out going for a Grizzly, but was swayed by several features – including the price – and my own needs. The 8” resaw depth is nice. I haven’t needed it yet, but the lower bout of a guitar is about 16” and it would be handy to resaw an 8” book matched set for a guitar back in the future. I know riser blocks are available for the Grizzly, but why bother if you don’t need them? The large cast iron table (14” x 20”) is nice too. The Rikon fence was an extra, but it was a straight up bolt on with wing nuts for easy removal and replacement. For me the table saw is the go-to saw for most uses. If I had only a band saw I would probably put more into it.

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 03:22 PM

Great shop, I like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 08:05 PM

Hank, you have a great shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 08:09 PM

a very NICE SHOP :<))


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#4 posted 04-26-2017 03:52 AM

Thanks for your comments. My dad had a skill saw and saw horses. I’m still trying to be as skillful as he was.

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 05:28 PM

great shop space looks well organized.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 08:24 PM

Very well organized shop. You have a great view out the window too!
So what’s your secret to getting the wife to give up her parking space?
I strike out every time I try! :(

-- The less an idiot knows, the louder he seems to know it!

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#7 posted 04-27-2017 12:06 AM

Very nice! Really like the tool floor plan.

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#8 posted 04-28-2017 04:56 PM

Very nice, good tools and great organization…..I like your new addition with the space for DC….
Thanks for showing!

-- Mike

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#9 posted 05-08-2017 04:40 PM

Good looking space. I am still negotiating with my wife to allow me room to work.

Also careful with that IPA on the router table hate to see anything start to rust. ;)

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