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: http://www.talkfestool.com/vb/festool-tips-techniques/3662-ts55-vertical-panel-saw.html
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.