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This first photograph actually shows the one thing in my shop that is not mobile: the tear-down workstation. I have plans to replace it soon after the current projects are completed. I bought plans from the New Yankee Workshop of an assembly table. It has a unique way to drop the casters on the floor for moving the table around. However, I plan to make a change in Norm’s plan a bit. Tune back later to see how I changed his mobile idea for my shop. With this view you only see the start and stop button from my planer. It has a mobile base but I do not move it many times. Another photo shows the planer’s work location better than this photo.

Also in this view you see my dust collector. Since I have a one-man shop I decided to locate my dust collector near the machines I am using to collect its dust. I did convert its electronics or electrical source from 110 volt to 220 volts. It runs with less amps by converting it to 220 volts. Virtually all of my power equipment runs on 240 volts. The exceptions are the floor stand drill and my hand power tools. I even converted my Porter Cable table saw from 120 volts to 240; I had to buy a new circuit board for the remote start system because of that, but the remote start does not work that great anyway.

In the photograph below you see the typical spots I relocate my table saw and my workbench from there storage locations when I have my vehicles in the garage. My table saw is stored along the north wall shown in the foreground. This north wall is also my JIG hanging wall.

The workbench is small. It was one of the first things I built for my shop. I took a multi-use cart plan from Woodsmith and made my bench top a bit larger so I could mount a front vise. It works okay for me. It will eventually replace it or covert its use to something else, but it is okay with me as it is, for now.

In this view of my shop I am looking in the opposite direction from shere I am standing behind my table saw work location. In the background is my south wall where I have some wall storage cabinets. The coffee cans storage rack holds my bolts, screws and other small hardware odds and ends.

Also on this wall I have hung my turning chisels in a rack. I have also hung my cordless power station. Here is where my cordless drills are stored. To the left is my sheet goods storage station. A better view of it will be shown in a later photograph.

This next view is towards my east wall where you can view the location of my jointer’s work location. Behind it is my pegboard storage locations where many tools I keep handy for daily use. My hardwood lumber storage racks can also be seen. Several of my work-in-progress projects can be seen in this photograph; for instance my eight drawer dresser in on my shop’s floor tucked out of the way for parking my pickup truck.

I made a tall fence to ride on top of my router’s fence. This tall fence was for use of a new router bit I bought for making locked miters. That project was a walnut nightstand I was making for my daughter Jenny. Over the top of this fence is a better view of my hardwood lumber storage racks. Mluy ceilings are twelve feet tall. I attempt to make use of that with my lumber storage running all the way to the ceiling.

This past fall I insulated the attic above my garage to R30. I also resurfaced my garage floor last Spring.

When I converted my garage to a woodshop, I had a storage shed built. All my lawn and garden equipment is stored in it. I hired an electrician to wire my shop. They were amazing to watch. They did not waste any motion. They coordinated their work together like a dancing troupe. They installed a new 100 amp panel, dug a trench from my main service, drilled a hole through my foundation wall, laid wires in my attic by using large pipes from the panel and on the other end of my shop for additional 120 and 240 volt service outlets. You will notice the electrical drops from my ceiling. Last Fall I added another 240 volt drop circuit and an electrical heater sized for my 3-car garage. It has kept my shop warm so I could work all winter.

I designed my lights for a certain lumens value at desktop height. The electricians followed that design. I had them buy and install daylight lamps rated at 6,400K light temperature; pure daylight like it was straight from our Sun.

In the photo below you can see where I place my jointer for its work location. My 15” plane pretty much stays parked where you see it. I only move it if I have very long boards to plane. I can stretch my dust hose from its currently viewed location in my shop to the planer and the jointer. The beauty of this mobile dust collector is that I can push or pull wherever I need it.

This last view is of an item I added to my garage long before l even dreamed of converting my garage into a woodshop. My brother Kyle and his two sons and a daughter came over to install this I-beam I bought, painted and drilled. My brother Clive installed this electrical 1 1/2 ton lift and electrical cord system that will automatically retract the cord when I am done with its use.

It is here to lift things I am not suppose to lift. I have painfully learned to follow the orders or advice from my spine surgeon.

This power lift system has become useful many times. For example: when I assembled my table saw I used the crane to lift the heavy saw on top of its metal stand. Using this crane to lift my heavy Grizzly equipment from their pallets and onto my woodshop floor was also helpful. I did use my good neighbors to lift my 600 pound planer off of its pallet. I did not want to risk pulling down my garage’s ceiling by lifting too much weight. I have used this lift for other things like unloading new kitchen appliances purchased from a local store as well as the 5th wheel hitch that goes over my truck back axle in the back of my truck’s bed. etc.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 04-07-2015 12:20 PM

Great shop, sorry about your back.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 04-07-2015 03:36 PM

I wrote this while being very tired. I have since reread my post. I need to correct some typing errors or whatever you call them. I wonder if I can straight forward can fix some words or maybe I will be forced to delete the first post and redo it all. I will find out what needs to be done…

First, I have a wood project to work on and move it towards the finish line.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#3 posted 04-08-2015 03:23 PM

I went back to edit and correct some of this text above. I was very tried the day I first posted this workshop information. Hopefully, it reads much better now.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 12:43 AM

Great shop.well organized and clean.thanks for sha

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 07:43 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 06:35 AM

Charles, thanks for your kind comments. Was that your new red shop building I saw? Wow, it is going to be big. Congratulations.

Other woodworkers on this site have been very helpful to me. I appreciate it.

I have been under a lot of time pressure to get four, now two, of my projects done. I plan to personally deliver them to family members in a couple of weeks. I think I can see the end of the tunnel, so to speak. I will need a couple of good days yet to make my goal.

I have false drawer fronts to make; eight for the dresser. They will be made front nice figured cheery. They will be overlay types. I am still trying to determine what I am going to do with these fronts. Maybe a simple bevel on the front on my table saw or a new router bit to have a special raised panel look cut on my router table. Either way I will need to hold the boards flush against the cutting surface, etc.

The drawer front on the walnut nightstand will be a flush false front. A simple modern looking finger hold will suffice. I will make a full scale drawing of the drawer front with its finger pull before cutting it.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#7 posted 09-04-2016 10:47 PM

Well, after reviewing this post about my workshop I noticed a few changes I have made. First, I gave away my teardown workbench. It was the only thing in my shop that was not mobile. It served it purpose by allowing me to test if I had the will power to woodwork. I found out that I enjoyed working with wood again. I gave this teardown workbench to my neighbor Steve who lives across the street from me. I am glad to see it in use in his garage.

Second, I bought a Saw Stop 3 hp cabinet professional table saw earlier this summer. So the Porter Cable table saw that i enjoyed but it hurt two of lefthand fingers last year. I asked my son Andrew if he wanted it. He said he had a fence repair project that he could use it. I gave that table saw to him. Of course, I told him to careful. If his mind told him that some action was dangerous, then it was. Don’t do it. That is harder to adhere to than you would believe. We have to accept what our mind and body is telling us, and act.

There are a lot more jigs hanging now on my north wall. I suspect more will be made.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#8 posted 09-04-2016 10:50 PM

Setup for dust collection on my new Saw Stop.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#9 posted 10-10-2016 02:07 AM

Today I rearranged my shop. Last year before I added insulation in my attic above my 3-car garage, I added a couple of 220 volt wire drops from my electrical panel, up through the conduit pipe, along the base of my attic and placed a drop in locations where I would need power. One of those locations was for a new table saw location. I knew I wanted a Saw Stop PCS table saw. I figured out a good location and added that drop.

My new photos shows how I have rearranged my shop to accommodate the new Saw Stop location and clearing the location for the assembly table taking its place to the west of the saw. I relocated the storage location of my dust collector next to the Saw Stop. Also I brought my small workbench so it can also function as an outfeed table.

What these changes provide me is time. I do not have to move the saw or the tables every morning when I begin work in my shop. However, I can move any of these items to better locations for room, etc that fits my needs as they arise.

This is not the storage location of my mortising station that also currently hosts my Grizzly water grinding station. I use Tormek jigs to sharpen my turning chisels.

The storage boxes shown along this wall I intend to build mobile storage cabinets. The boxes will be replaced. I will also find some way to make this stationary table mobile, if I can. Currently, I am storing my horizontal slot router station on it. I will most likely build a mobile base for it as well as the Grizzley water base grinding station.

This is my wall tool storage. Eventually, I plan to add cabinets or shelves above this storage unit. I also have plans to build a hand tool cabinet. I am reviewing different designs. I have the fortune to have a 12 foot ceiling height.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#10 posted 10-10-2016 03:44 AM

A fine looking shop with lots of good space and super tools and equipment.Thanks for sharing it with us.

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