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I have a 20’ x 24’ basement shop with 9’ ceilings..When I built my house a couple years ago, I planned for this space being a shop so I ran 2 power circuits under the floor to the table saw location. My house has a 6-zone forced air heating system and the shop is on it’s own zone. It’s a nice feature and very efficient. I have a 1HP Jet dust collector with an add-on second stage. I do have blast gates. I have a wye with two gates at the horizontal run at the ceiling for the TS and RAS, and one on the run to the lathe and one that runs to the floor sweep/ vac port. The suction is great as long as one gate is open at a time. That first stage collector drum is great. It actually has a cyclone effect inside. I also have that Jet air filtration hanging from the ceiling. With both running, I probably get about 95% of the dust. Also, it’s clean because I am really anal about keeping it that way. Believe me, It has looked pretty rough in there but it only lasts a couple days max before I have to clean it. I have access to it from the rest of the basement and also through a Bilco door that leads to the end of our driveway. It’s great, I just back my truck right up to the door to unload materials. I made the 8’ door into the shop so I could get 4×8 sheets down the stairs with ease. The shop is still growing. The views you see are from each of the four corners of the shop. All the cabinets in the shop either came from the Merilatt factory outlet( 5 bucks for a 30” base cabinet!) or the local University auction( 1 dollar for a 6’ base cabinet!). The brown cabinets under the RAS are from the auction. They came out of a chemistry lab. I have a usual compliment of tools. Thats my restored Craftsman RAS.The RBI scroll saw I got for free from someone who didn’t know what it was worth..(I wasn’t even aware about it at the time) I’m most proud of my autographed picture of Norm, see if you can find it. The floor is coated with a waterbased epoxy and the walls are poured concrete with a light coat of primer to lighten it up. I also ran the power for the entire shop through a few switches mounted up high on the wall. That way I can shut off the power to everything and my two young children can’t reach them to turn them on. I also just recently built the 4’ x 8’ Torsion Box assembly table and supporting cabinets. It is the same height as my table saw and acts as a great infeed table.

-- Tony, Ohio


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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 03:43 PM

Interesting. Thanks for posting. How does the dust collection work. I see that you have some type of secondary collection and then a run of pvc to the tablesaw. How is the suction? Do you have blast gates?

Thanks,

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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GaryK

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 03:51 PM

Veyr nice! Is the towel under the door a secret you’re keeping to yourself?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Blake

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 06:33 PM

Nice shop. Looks really well equipped and organized.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Tony Z

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 07:42 PM

Ha!The towel is there to keep the cold air out. I haven’t installed a seal yet. That Bilco isn’t very weather tight. My house has a 6-zone forced air heating system and the shop is on it’s own zone. It’s a nice feature and very efficient. I have a 1HP Jet dust collector with an add-on second stage. I do have blast gates. I have a wye with two gates at the horizontal run at the ceiling for the TS and RAS, and one on the run to the lathe and one that runs to the floor sweep/ vac port. The suction is great as long as one gate is open at a time. That first stage collector drum is great. It actually has a cyclone effect inside. I also have that Jet air filtration hanging from the ceiling. With both running, I probably get about 95% of the dust. Also, it’s clean because I am really anal about keeping it that way. Believe me, It has looked pretty rough in there but it only lasts a couple days max before I have to clean it.

-- Tony, Ohio

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grovemadman

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#5 posted 01-30-2008 02:39 PM

Cleanliness is next to Godliness they say. anyway I’ll say it sure looks like a place to create great stuff!!!

-- --Chuck

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 12:53 PM

Hi Tony,

I am just now getting around to some of the posts that I have missed. You have a really nice shop. It is well equipped and highly organized. I like the fact that you have taken safety into account with regards to your children. I will have a kill switch put in mine when I wire it for some 220 outlets. Painting the floor and wall really lightens up the area as well. I could work in your shop without any problem.

Thanks for the post.

By the way I did find your picture of Norm.

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 12-03-2008 05:47 AM

Nice shop, Tony.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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