in the workshop #1: My shop

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Blog entry by Loren posted 01-01-2012 03:45 AM 6060 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My current shop is a 2 car garage. I’ve made some sacrifices to keep the space workable and have the machinery in there I want.

I have no router table, but I can use my shaper or the Woodrat or the little green overarm router made for the printing industry.

The cyclone dust collector, made from the plan first published in Wood Magazine in 1997, takes up surprisingly little floor space. Running the ducts hung from the ceiling is the only viable solution but there are more bends in the pipe than I would wish for.

I’ve given up on having a lathe in here even though I would like one. I have my eye out for a used mini lathe. The full-sized Legacy mill, a rarely used tool, is hung from the ceiling by an electric hoist. There’s a hand towel wrapped around the leg I most often run into with my head (ouch!) to pad the blow. I may cut off the legs and put a hinge on them sometime.

On the back wall you see a Plano glue clamp, which I really like. It is really a neat tool that saves both time and space in glue-ups.

In the foreground I have a 20” Delta band saw, a 12” Belsaw planer, and an 10” Inca jointer/planer which can be used as a jointer only since the planer drive belt is currently broken. In any case, the Belsaw is an excellent planer.

You can’t really see my bench in this picture. It is heaped with junk as usual and my hand tools aren’t well-displayed at all.

The right wall you can’t see has a partially-built panel saw I am working on. The saw will be 12’ long with about a 66” up and down cut capacity. It is modeled on the idea presented by Bob Fasano which you can read about here:

My panel saw has a Dewalt saw, not a Festool, as the engine. I may change my mind and upgrade to a plunge saw like the Festool after I get it done, but for now the Dewalt is what I have for it. The top beam of the panel saw is a 14’ long 90mmx90mm extruded 80-20 style rail. More pictures to come of the panel saw at some point.

As much as I poo-poo reliance on the table saw to make furniture, my slider earns its keep despite my grudge. It hogs up a lot of space and I am alway maneuvering around it, grumbling… but when I need a precision rip or crosscut it is there.

Tenoning is done on a Wirth Machine (early version of the Matchmaker) while mortising can be done by several different methods.

All the machinery was acquired used. I’ve built up this gear over the years, very seldom losing money on machinery upgrades.

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 07:14 PM

Nice shop,looks like an efficient layout.Where do you assemble?

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 07:15 PM

You can keep listing off tools ‘til the cows come home, but … I’m just transfixed by that Felder saw, and oblivious to the rest ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 07:18 PM

That is one fine looking shop

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 07:39 PM

I have no permanent assembly table. Being So. California I have
a big 3×8’ rolling table outside (also tilts) that gets used for
larger assemblies… or I set up a leveled hollow core door
on sawhorses.

In keeping with my theory that Felder’s main customers are
doctors with hobby shops, I bought the saw used from an
engineering professor who teaches at a local college….
close enough to my theory.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 08:09 PM

Great looking shop.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 02:49 AM

I like the Pallet Jack idea. I was offered one that needed some rehab but I was reluctant to accept thinking, ”
What would I need a Pallet Jack for?”. Jokes on me now. I have a 300 lb beast to move around when I need to get to my hot water heater…lol. Great Shop. I’ve been told doctors change hobbies as fast as they change…well you get the point. Cheers.

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 02:56 AM

You have a lot of good equipment ,just like my shop your tools are in pretty close quarters.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 03:44 AM

Nice shop, you have some good equipment!

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 05:38 AM

The pallet jack is a “mini” with the 36” forks 20.5” wide. If you get
a full sized (common) jack the forks are too far apart for moving saws
like mine that have holes in the base for the purpose.

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