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MattNC's Workshop    

Raleigh, NC
United States

Here’s a panoramic of my shop, newly painted and probably the cleanest it will ever be. It’s a 22×22 garage with 10’ ceilings.

This picture is the dust collection setup I put together. I have changed this around many times but now its mounted high to be out of the way with a trashcan separator and a remote control. I used to have all of my equipment stationary and plumbed with 4” duct, but the duct and blast gates would get clogged from time to time and I wanted more open floor space, so now its all portable with a single quick connect flex tube.

Next to it is my powermatic model 100 planer. An awesome beast that I restored to functional condition. Its a 1957.

This picture is my adjustable height work bench I conceived. Its still in progress and needs the trim, vises, holes for benchdogs and holdfasts added. The design was from my head and based off motorcycle lifts. Its timberframed in design out of eastern red cedar and white oak slabs for the tops. It will be a split top design when done and adjusts from 32” high to 55” high. Its very heavy and very sturdy. The adjustment is done with a trailer jack built in underneth with pillowblock bearings.

Most of the workbench joinery (mortises) were done with this beast of a mortiser attachment on my radial arm saw.

This is my portable miter saw with built in dust collection via a bucket top shop vac and a automatic switch.

This is my combo bandsaw and router table. Works pretty well and they stay out of the way of one another.

This is my flipup design for my tablesaw to keep it out of the way. The cabinets above are all made from ply and the doors swing out and are made from 2×4 dry erase board sheets so I can write on them.

This is my lathe that works OK in this area for bigger stuff I take it off the counter. To the left is a delta drill press with a mortising attachment installed. Below is the air compressor, a Hobart MIG for metalwork.

The last pic is my jointer, drill press for drilling (no mortiser) and the shop cat (1 of 3) who loves to explore and cause trouble. No mice to worry about though!

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 04:16 AM

great looking shop you have matt.very clean and well orgnized.i really like the adjustable table.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 02:00 PM

Nice workspace Matt. Like what you did with your DC. Looks like you enjoy photography as well

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 01:44 AM

Nice looking shop. Thanks for the tour. I have to say the mortising attachment for the RAS looks like it could be scary but neat.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 04:08 AM

Nice shop and well organized with great use of space. Hard to believe you have all that equipment in there and still have what looks like lots of room.

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 01-18-2014 08:24 AM

I like the way you have it organized and personalized…....................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 01:23 PM

Thanks for the comments. The RAS attachment is not too bad to use. It has a spring loaded guard and the blade isn’t exposed when plunging. The main issue is learning how to work with the direction the chain runs to avoid going outside the mortise.

As for the space that was my main goal. I wanted to be able to park the car in there if needed. I also wanted space to be able to work without feeling cluttered. The trade off is having to roll out the tools. The small rigid table saw has been good but not as nice as a cabinet saw. Again a trade off for space.

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 08:49 PM

Nice looking shop. Looks like you have a lot of stuff on wheels. You have a very nice space and some nice tools.

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#8 posted 01-29-2014 02:22 AM

Nice, clean setup Matt.

Is that the Platte River attachment?

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 02:16 PM

Yes it is. Perhaps I should do a review on it sometime. It actually works pretty well and is a neat concept.

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#10 posted 01-30-2014 02:18 PM

You have a wonderful shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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