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Building the Shop #31: Miter Station / Ducting / Air Filtration / A/C & LIGHTS

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Blog entry by Lance posted 09-08-2015 10:29 PM 1634 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: SawStop - Why'd I wait so long!!!! Part 31 of Building the Shop series Part 32: Shop Additions - A/C, Insulation, LED Lights & Wall Cabinets »

I’ve been working on the build of my shop since 2011 when we bought our house, started buying tools off CL or on sale, as well as building shop furniture to be more organized. I haven’t posted on LJ in a while and I wanted to share whats been added to the shop in the last year. Many of you who have followed me on YouTube know that I’ve been a seasonal woodworker (April-Sept I’m golfing due to the Oklahoma heat) and moving forward that won’t be the case anymore! I’m extremely happy with the addition of A/C to the shop, and so is my wife as her list of projects will get done faster.

In addition to the A/C I went with a new Laguna 2HP DC and hooked it up to Nordfabs ducting, worth the money as I was able to install all the ducting within an hour, (3 drops with 5 blast gates).

I finally got around to building my mitersaw station I’ve always wanted, the new Clearvue Mini was released just before I started building it so I was able to incorporate it into the station, works amazingly well.

Since I wanted to insulate the attic to help with the A/C I decided it was the perfect time to add lighting to the shop, I’ve need additional lighting for years and it’s made a huge difference from before and after, I swear I’ve been woodworking in the dark! (Added 8 LED’s fixtures, 10 total).

Finally, I installed a Jet Air Filtration box to help with the air clarity for the A/C, this machine picks up so much fine dust.

All in all, this past 4 years my shop has been a huge under haul of planning and shop design to get the best use of the space I have.

A/C update – It’s bringing my 600 sq. ft. shop down to mid 70’s while it’s mid 90’s outside with NO humidity, the system does run all day since my exterior walls aren’t insulated. Electricity bills didn’t go up drastically like some would think, Mini Split units are really efficient.

Future shop projects:

MFT Cart
Split Top Roubo

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""



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Ken90712

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#1 posted 09-09-2015 01:08 AM

Love it Lance. I’m in the same boat I need air conditioning as well. Love seeing your shop. Hope all is well buddy. Which Saw stop you have. I’m about to pull the trigger on one. I’ve been hemming and hawking long enough on this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 08:09 AM

Looks great Lance! Been watching on Instagram.

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 12:35 PM

Looks awesome Lance! How many btus is your ac unit? We recently moved into a new house (where I have about 640 soft of shop space) and I also installed one of these units in my shop. I installed an 18000 but unit and it does an excellent job bringing the temperature down even in the summer. I have not insulated my garage doors yet, something that is definitely on the short list of improvements. I consulted with several sources and I arrived at the 18k unit, just wondering if you did the same.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop http://youtube.com/c/dreadknotwoodshop

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 12:38 PM

Nice update Lance. You have come a long way. I see you have a different dust collector there. ?? or, am I just not with the program… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 01:14 PM

Very nice shop – excellent use of your space. It looks like you have a JET combination planer/jointer. Which one is it and how do you like it? i want to get one as well but haven’t decided on the brand yet.

Jim

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Lance

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 04:47 PM

Ken, How are you doing? I’ve got the 3HP Professional, excellent table saw!! Buy it, worth the money!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#7 posted 09-09-2015 04:48 PM

Thanks Matthew, Instagram is a lot easier to post for me than YouTube or LJ.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Lance

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#8 posted 09-09-2015 04:52 PM

Emetric, I got a Mitsubishi 18,000 btu heat and air mini split, works really well.

Insulate your garage, makes a huge difference, I installed 2 types on mine.

This one helps with radiant heat:

http://www.amazon.com/Reflectix-BP24050-24-Inch---50-Foot-Insulation/dp/B0009XCJA2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1441817416&sr=8-3&keywords=garage+insulation

This one helps the R value:

http://www.amazon.com/Matador-Garage-Door-Insulation-Designed/dp/B008OPLHVE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441817416&sr=8-1&keywords=garage+insulation

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Lance

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#9 posted 09-09-2015 04:53 PM

Roger, I did get a new DC, the Laguna 2 hp model, works really well!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#10 posted 09-09-2015 04:56 PM

Spartyon, I have the 12” helical model, really nice machine. My only con about the units it the infeed and out feed tables, there too short if you need to run a board longer than 5’ and Jet has some wave technology on the cast iron tops that i don’t care for. Other than those 2 things, it’s a nice machine for a small shop.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#11 posted 09-11-2015 10:44 PM

Doing well bro, Been a little hotter than we like for us sensitive Southern California whimps. In the low 100’s. I really need to put air in my shop like as well. Will talk soon.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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