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Workshop by Retseih posted 10-22-2010 08:50 PM 1678 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Monument, CO 80132
United States

My shop is in Monument, Colorado home of “Shop Nite” where I was fortunate enough to build a dedicated space for doing woodworking. This occurred back in my “High Tech” days as a manager for a very large computer chip manufacturing company.

The shop is about 900 square feet but has a staircase that takes up a bit of space along one wall. It is virtually a walk out basement of a “detached garage with living quarters (about 450 sq feet that acts as my wifes pottery studio.)” I utilize the area under the stairs for my compressor, cyclone separator, steam box and various projects that never seem to get finished.

I recently “rearranged the furniture” in my shop and really like the new arrangement. I sat back and decided to ignore the consequences (i.e. dust collection and power) and optimize the layout with a work triangle of jointer, planer, tablesaw in mind and it is making a huge difference in my produtivity. It turns out the DC was significantly improved and I was able to eliminate over 20 feet of mainline. I had some extra power and just added three 240V/20A outlets. So take a look and tell me what you think.

-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 04:18 AM

Hey Retseih,
Sweet lay-out with some real cool toys to use in there…like that extendable roller table…nice job.

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 04:21 AM

That’s one well equiped shop very nice

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 04:22 AM

Nice set-up! Lots of cool “toys”.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 04:24 AM

This is certainly a nice shop that you have put together. It looks like you have plenty of room in there and I really like the assembly area and table saw outfeed set-up. You have some nice tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed the visit.

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

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 02:47 PM

Thanks everyone. I saw in the forums several times about “should I buy used tools.” Thought I should mention that the planer, jointer, shaper, drum sander, and dust collector were all purchased used and the sanding station and drill press were given to me. All required some sort of clean up/refurb and all perform superbly. The table saw, bandsaw, chopsaw and HVLP were purchased new. I have to admit I love taking tools apart and fixing them up better than new (e.g. the Byrd shelix head on the jointer is pretty awesome.)

I bought the extendable roller table new…probably spent a bit too much but I needed it for the 12 foot frames I made for the high school…just couldn’t quite deal with that length without a litttle help.

thx, Dick

-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 03:10 PM

Thanks for the pictures. I especially like your vertical wood storage rack on casters. I need something like that.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 03:45 PM

Great Shop.
I can imagine you have great fun in there.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 04:09 AM

sorry it took me so long to reply. I had to clean the drool off of my keyboard. 900 square feet is a GREAT space to work in for sure!

Your set up looks wonderfully thought out…

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 06:50 PM

Wow, that looks like a really great space to make some sawdust in, Thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

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