My shop will never be featured in an article on home shops because it is much more Charles Neil in appearance than Marc Spagnuolo. By this I mean its a shop where I spend my time making furniture and not making a shop.
As I discussed in previous blog entries, my main priority is making a fair amount of furniture as I have both lots of pieces I want to make and a places to put them in my house.
At this point in my woodworking journey I’m not spending my time making elaborate tool cupboards or under-the-table-saw storage units. A good number of my tools are stored on shelving units repurposed from my house.
Dust collection is very important to me and a dust collector was one of the first two tools I purchased when I got back into woodworking (the other being a jointer). It sits more or less in the centre of my shop with about 20’ of flexible house (10’ of 4” reduced to 10’ of 6” which is then connected directly to main intake of the collector). I manually switch the hose to each machine as I work. My tablesaw, jointer, planer, bandsaw and router table all have 4” ports.
I did make a really nice bench (you can see it in my project section) and I’ve loved working on it. it was a both a bit of an indulgence (I really wanted a big solid maple bench) and a really good challenging first project. I’ve used about every wood holding and clamping feature of the bench and have been very pleased with it.
Space limitations means I don’t have a dedicated assembly table. I wish I had the space as it would definitely allow me to speed production at times. My workbench does double duty as a workbench and assembly table.
Right now my shop consists of the three basic milling machines – table saw, jointer and planer and then three supplementary machines – bandsaw, router table and drill press. I also have the Rigid belt / spindle sander.
I also have a broad and growing selection of hand tools that I use for a variety of purposes.
I very deliberately don’t have a mitre saw, a horizontal mortiser or drum sander.