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My shop is 22’ Wide by 32’ Long, and utilizes a 200 amp service (100 amps for the shop) in the cellar of my home. I also utilize a small 5’ Wide by 13’ (airtight) display area for my projects right next to the shop, where I store finished work away from the dusty shop environment.

One of the fun elements of my wood projects is I get to utilize my engineering/design background while I continue to expand my woodworking skills, so I do use CAD software to help with my project planning when needed. It is especially helpful with reducing material waste, and utilizing my wood inventory more efficiently.

The equipment I use: Epilog Legend EXT 75 Watt Laser, Enco 13” x 40” Geared Head Lathe, Enco Heavy Duty 1.5 Hp Shaper, Small Vintage Sears 8” Table Saw, Enco 20” Heavy Duty Planer, Enco 6” Belt x 9” Disc Horizontal Sander, Wilton 6” Belt x 10” Disc Vertical Sander, Sears 10” Radial Arm Saw, Turn-Pro 4”Ø – 1/4”Ø Oscillating Drum Sander W/Inclined Table, DeWalt 12” Miter Saw w/Laser Tracking, Rigid Drill Press w/Heavy Duty 12” x 6” X/Y Table/Vise, Rigid 6” Band Saw, Engravograph IS400 Rotary 3-Axis CNC Engraver w/12”x12” Bed, Dremel 18” Variable Speed Scroll Saw, Powermatic 6” Jointer, Rigid 10” Table Saw, Speedaire 2 Hp Air Compressor, and (2) Enco 1 Hp Portable Dust Collectors.

-- Dave

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 03:23 AM

Very nice shop … well equipped, and well laid out.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 04:13 AM

Dave, this is a shop that I certainly would enjoy working in. It is well organized, spacious and you have put together a pretty nice tool collection. Thanks for the tour. It was fun to take a look at your shop.

By the way let me welcome you to LJs as well. It is good to have you on board as a member of the group.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 04:22 AM

Nice looking shop.

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 04:23 AM

WOW that shop is what is in my minds eye when I ponder “my” shop.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 11:29 AM

Real sweet multi-functional shop…nice job.

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 02:44 PM

Nice shop. I don’t see dust collection, but no dust. Whats the secret?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 05-24-2011 04:48 PM

That is an outstanding shop, Dave. You have some wonderful equipment and it’s very well organized. I have always wanted one of those laser engraving machines. Is it used for a sideline business or is it just for a hobby? BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-24-2011 04:59 PM

Great shop, Dave. Seeing the type of equipment you have in your shop tells me that your woodworking is professional. Besides the equipment, I was struck with the open space on your walls, ha ha…in a 12×20 shop, wall space is at a premium. Thanks for the tour and best of luck.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#9 posted 05-24-2011 05:37 PM

Beautiful shop! Thanks for the tour.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 05-24-2011 08:11 PM

Thanks for welcoming me to Lumberjocks. I appreciate the kind words. I am a bit of a neat freak, but I vacuum the shop out really well once per month. The dust collection I use does work well for large chips, but when I get to fine sanding, things get dusty pretty quick. I do have a side business with making custom projects for people (all word of mouth/no advertising), which helps me afford the price of some of the equipment. I work in the shop @ 2 days per week on average 5 days a week in the winter. I am not a professional wood worker, but I am professional engineer. I am still a wood working rookie learning new techniques each week/month/year. Next winter I plan on starting furniture, so I am excited about the future…...............

-- Dave

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#11 posted 05-26-2011 06:43 PM

Wow, i love it. How effective is the mill table on your drill press? Can you actually mill material with it? I imagine machine tools are plentiful around your area…
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#12 posted 05-26-2011 06:49 PM

Serious shop. Serious equipment. I was just about to ask JM’s question above! I’d like to know who makes the xyz vise and are you happy with it? Also, do you like that Rigid press in general?

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#13 posted 05-27-2011 03:14 PM

The mill table is not bad. You can find various X-Y Mill tables in the Enco Industrial catalog. The have numerous types & styles. The Rigid Drill press is pretty decent. It does all my work accurately, and I really don’t have any issues with it….............

I will say the vise setup w/mill table really helps with making accurate/straight/aligned holes in the drill press. It is a handy setup to have. I never take it off the press stand anymore. You can mill with it, but setting the depth of a pocket milling operation can be a little tricky. I would say you can get used to it easily enough after a few trys…........

-- Dave

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