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750 Square Foot Garage/Workshop/Man-Cave
11’ Ceiling
10’ by 10’ front roll-up door
2 side doors
1/2 bathroom
Phone jack, cable tv jack, internet connection, dedicated laptop.
Left wall has 24’ of industrial strength adjustable shelving 8’ tall and 18” deep (bought at a “Going-out-of-business” sale at a local store).
Back wall has 15’ of industrial strength adjustable shelving 8’ tall and 18” deep same as left wall.
Right side has 8’ general purpose workbench (junk bench) and some overhead surplus kitchen cabinets (hung with French cleats.
Right of center has 2 more filing cabinets, a low metal cabinet, and two sets of free-standing shelves (one on rollers)
Center section has two 3’ by 5’ assembly and work tables, radial arm saw, band saw, stand up grinder, metal band saw, rolling tool boxes, and the grand-kids bikes and toys.

photos and tool list to follow
In no particular order (for now)

LATHE: Powermatic 3520B with 50” and 18” extensions.

Surfacing, – Dewalt 733 planer. Sure beats a hand plane! – Grizzly 1182Z jointer. Works pretty good, but needs some improvement on the stops. – Montgomery Ward 4 inch jointer. Old Iron. Got it at a flea marked for 3 bucks including a 1/2 hp motor and a 3-legged stand. Bought it just for the motor, but I fired it up before I took the motor off and it really cuts nice.

ROUTERS: – Dewalt 618PK fixed/plunge router…I like the soft start, variable speed, and dual collets. But setting the depth isn’t good. Once I adjust the depth with the ring it changes when I set the clamp. Will have to ‘rewire’ that. – A couple of Craftsman routers I bought at an estate sale for $20 for both WITH TABLES!!! I keep them under the radial arm saw until I need them. – A Craftsman Commercial model 315.17370 I got at from the widow of a woodworker. Had to replace the bottom bearing…worth the money.

SAWs: – Ridgid TS3650 10” cast iron table saw…bought off Craigs list (my whole shop is recycled).

- Ridgid RS1000 10” Radial Arm Saw. Bought from the same guy as the TS3650. (Will be saying goodby to the Craftsman RAS.)

- Craftsman 10” Radial Arm saw I got at a garage sale for $100. Sometimes you get a good deal. Sometimes you get what you pay for. It cut more than well enough for most of the repair and home fixup I’m doing right now. But it’s not a cast iron arm so I have to be too careful making cuts or it wiggles. And that things a B.E.A.R. to adjust.

- Grizzly 1019M 14” band saw, got it for resawing, gotta get a blade.

- Dewalt 364K. I like the saw. When I bought it I’d been without any saw for a few years and forgot some are righties and some are lefties. So other than having to cut left-handed it works great. I have an old 102” cutting guide that I use for big cuts on large stock.

- Old Iron Craftsman, belt and disk sander, circa 1950, 6×48 belt, 9” disk. SOLID cast iron…oil bronze bushings. – A Ryobi OSS450 oscillating spindle sander I got from the widow of a woodworker.

DRILLS: – Alltrade 12”(?) floor stand drill press. Got a 6 inch milling attachment from Harbor Freight for (semi) precision drilling / millling.

- ShopSmith old iron multi-tool. This was made the second year ShopSmith was in business. Doesn’t even have the variable speed head, just a motor and 4 groove sheave.

- United States Electrical Tool Co. 1/2” Heavy Duty Drill circa 1940s. Half way between a hand drill and a drill press.

- Dewalt Hammer drill…what fun for drilling in masonry and brick.

- Black and Decker 1/2 hammer/drill….cheap, but works for drilling

- DeWalt 3/8 9.6 v cordless…secondary portable drill.

- B&D Firestorm 1/2 inch 18V with the pop-off chuck. I LOVE popping the chuck off to put a hex drive bit in. But I must have dropped it sometime because now the chuck wobbles, bad for drilling holes.

- DeWalt 20V MAX 3/8 drill and 1/4 driver. I thought I loved the B&D firestorm, but these things ROCK !!!

DUST COLLECTION – A DELTA 50-840 with 30 micron bags, also from the widow of a woodworker. Looking to upgrade the bags…but it beats rigging the hose of the big shop vac. – Shop Vac 7.5 gallon 5.75 hp (peak) wet dry big vac. – Shop Vac 1.5 gallon spot cleaner – Stinger 1.5 gallon spot vac.

FUTURE PLANS – I have the blower motor from our old air-conditioner. Saw a plan for converting it into a whole-shop air filter. – Better workbench. Got a couple of steel leg, wood top benches, but the legs aren’t cross-braced well enough and they wobble from side to side sometimes. More of an annoyance than a safety issue. – Better Lighting. Never enough light. – Finish the insulation. one wall isn’t completely insulated or sheet rocked. Want to get that done for the visual effect.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 07:13 PM

Can’t wait to see pics of this. And I am SERIOUSLY jealous of the space! Are you heated / air conditioned as well?

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 07:14 PM

Pete, it certainly sounds as if you have an interesting shop. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it.

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 09:08 AM

Hey Pete,
Post some pics of the shop when time permits.

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