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My workshop is a 17×30’ garage that my wife graciously gave up so that I could have a workshop. I insulated the walls and attic and added a wooden subfloor (once you get used to not having to stand on concrete, you’ll never go back!). I also had a 100 amp panel installed in the garage; it is really nice to have all the extra power available (my old house had a 100amp panel for the whole house…). I heat the garage with a combination of a 5000W electric heater and a pellet stove, this keeps the space nice and toasty even when it is cold outside.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 1431 days ago

Nice shop Rob

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1431 days ago

Hey Rob,
Lots of goodies in there….good job.

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#3 posted 1430 days ago

Rob, this looks like a nice shop in which to work. The wood sheeting for the walls is a good idea. It sure makes hanging things a lot easier. I also like the wood flooring that you have in your shop. It is much easier to stand on as opposed to concrete. And the natural light that you get in there is a bonus in my book as well.

You have some nice tools to play with and I am sure you are ready to put the saw into action. It is always an exciting time when we add a new tool to the shop but a new table saw really gets the adrenaline pumping. :)

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#4 posted 1426 days ago

Sweet setup. I see that “Big Red” hood setup. Very nice…

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#5 posted 1352 days ago

Nice shop!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 1337 days ago

Nice looking shop for making some sawdust, thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#7 posted 1334 days ago

Rob, did you put anything on the plywood floor for a finish? And how does that dust hood work on the miter saw? Thanks for your comment on my shop. Steve

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#8 posted 1334 days ago

Thanks for sharing – looks like a good functional shop.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#9 posted 1334 days ago

Steve: I didn’t finish the floor at all, I’ve only “repurposed” the garage into my workshop over the past 4 months, ie. moved the junk out and put my tools in. The floor is at least 6 years old, it was already in place when I bought the house 2 years ago. I kind of wish I would have finished the plywood though, the wood is worn in a few places and makes for a rough surface. As for the dust hood, I’ve found it makes a huge difference, not just to the pile of sawdust that used to collect on the floor, but the stream of sawdust off the blade tends to get sucked directly into the DC port on the hood, which keeps a lot of the dust out of the air. It’s not perfect though, I estimate it gets about 70% of the overall dust.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 1269 days ago

Nice. the dust collection system is nice. What are winters like? do you have a heater or have you insulated the garage in anyway?

-- Anthony

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