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Hi. I currently have a workshop that measures 23’X18’. This is after a renovation the summer of 2010 where a wall was knocked down and the shop opened up. You can see my blog series on the transformation “here”: http://lumberjocks.com/Lenny/blog/17797. Four years ago my shop became a dedicated workshop at the rear of my garage but was only 8’X18’. Prior to that, for about 22 years it was an 8’X11’ room I carved out of our basement space. I am currently experiencing woodworker euphoria as I now have a wonderful workspace complete with two skylights, heat and a wall mounted air conditioner. Now, when the weather is not too hot, I can open the window in the summer. I finished the walls with texture 111 (T-111) so there is a good bite for hanging things even when you don’t catch a stud.

As noted in my profile, for years, my Craftsman radial arm saw was the workhorse of my shop. In May 2009 I purchased a Powermatic 2000, 5 hp beast and wow did I love it. However, after a serious table saw injury in August 2012, I sold the PM and bought a Sawstop 3 hp professional cabinet saw. Other tools I have are: Rikon 14” band saw, Delta 6” jointer, DeWalt 735 thickness planer, Ridgid 15” drill press, Bosch 12” sliding compound miter saw, General Industries Hollow Chisel Mortiser, Leigh 24” dovetail jig, Delta oscillating spindle sander, Craftsman 12” lathe with a copycrafter attachment, Rikon belt/disc sander, Kreg pocket hole system, Worksharp 3000, Jet Ambient Air Filter system and an entire router station set up that includes a 17” Incra LS Positioner, a Pinnacle router lift, a Porter Cable 3 1/4 hp router and a Woodpecker table top. I built a router station cabinet for this equipment. I posted a blog series on the build. Just about all of the floor tools are on mobile bases. I also have a Delta 1.5 hp dust collector (DC) and installed 6” plumbing around the perimeter of the shop with 4” drops for the tools. I added a trash can separator. I inherited a 5 gallon air compressor that I plan to station in the garage, just outside the shop, and run the hose through the wall. When/if space becomes an issue, I might place the DC out there too.

I built an adjustable height workbench that also serves as an outfeed table for the table saw and an assembly table. Thanks for stopping by.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI


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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 10:26 PM

Lenny, thats a nice looking workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Lenny

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 10:27 PM

Hey CJ. Thanks a lot. I am loving it!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Loucarb

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 10:37 PM

Awesome workshop Lenny & some really nice toys. You did a fantastic job.

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ellen35

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 10:40 PM

Awesome… but it looks better in person!
You did a great job!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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patron

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 10:42 PM

welcome home lenny

looking real good there

and in time for the cold too

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Viking

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 10:45 PM

Lenny;

You have a great shop and some awesome tools to be creative with. Really like all your natural light from windows and skylights.

Thanks for sharing.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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SPalm

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 10:51 PM

What a wonderful place. Well done sir.
Wow, windows. My shop is still in the basement.
You have moved up and out.

Enjoy,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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grizzman

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 11:02 PM

Lenny i just love your shop…so neat and clean and i really am happy for you that this happened and you got to expand your shop…you have done a great job , the vac system is very nice…and i love the ladder from your childhood in there…very nice touch…..thanks for posting your new update , am looking forward to the projects that will come out of the great shop…merry Christmas buddy..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Lenny

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 11:16 PM

Lou, thanks so much. Ellen, thank you and I look forward to your next visit! David, thank you sir. Viking and Steve, thank you. I am so glad I decided to include the skylights and move the A/C from the window. Grizz, Merry Christmas to you as well and thanks for the kind words. Psst, I must confess, the shop is only clean because I was staging for the photos!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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tenontim

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 12:44 AM

Nice job, Lenny. Very nice use of your space. My shop is about the same size, except I have a stairway in it, that I hope to get rid of this winter or spring. Makes it look a lot bigger when you have all of that open floor space. Bet you’re glad no one bought your saw back when you had it for sale. Thanks for the update.

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rozzi

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 12:56 AM

Very nice shop. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Duane, Iowa

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Lenny

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 01:59 AM

Thanks Tim. While I love this saw, I have become a firm believer in the Sawstop technology. If I could sell the PM for a fair price, I still would. Thanks rozzi.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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dannymac

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#13 posted 12-08-2010 03:32 AM

great shop dude have fun

-- dannymac

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lilredweldingrod

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#14 posted 12-08-2010 04:39 AM

It’s coming together very nicely, Lenny. Thanks for taking us along on the build. It has been a very enjoyable trip.

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Napaman

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#15 posted 12-08-2010 04:45 AM

so dang tiny!!! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA….SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now filler up in retirement!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND DUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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