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When I grew up in New England, our basement was where we did our woodworking. In Las Vegas, it’s pretty rare to find a house with a basement, and if you do, they are usually finished as a game room or extra living quarters. I don’t have one, so my garage doubles as my workshop. I have a “swing garage” (a third garage bay which is separate from my two-car garage) which is convenient for storage as it keeps the clutter in the two-car garage to a minimum.

My main requirement when I purchase a new tool is that it has to be mobile. I’ve spent a lot of time building rolling bases with locking wheels for everything so I can roll it across my driveway when it’s time to clean up and put the cars back in the garage. My focus now is on building cabinets and drawers to organize my hand tools and power tool accessories so I can find them when I need them. Every time I’m in the “shop”, I try to spend a portion of my time working on organization. I’m getting there.

My main tools are (most expensive to least):
Festool TS55 Track Saw with two 55” tracks
Porter & Cable 7518 3 1/2 HP Variable Speed Router
Craftsman 10” Table Saw
Rigid Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander
Festool ETS 125 5” RO Disc Sander
Porter & Cable 1 3/4 HP Router & shop made table
Bosch Jig Saw
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Master Kit (I love the Kreg screws)
Hitachi corded drill (manly used for drilling pocket holes with the Kreg Jig)
Ryobi 12v Lithium Cordless Drill (I really like this little drill. It’s light weight, drives pocket screws all day long, and came with two lithium cells and a charger.)
Dremel 18” Scroll Saw with Disc Sander, flexi arm, and stand (picked this up for a song on eBay)
Dremel 395 & assorted accessories (one of my first tool purchases, still not sure what I needed it for)
Several detail sanders (5” Dewalt RO Disc Sander, Skill Octo-something detail (I hate the dust collection bag that always falls off), Rigid 1/4 sheet sander)
ShopVac QSP 6 gallon (it is actually very quiet for a shop vac)
Several Japanese and Arkansas Water Stones
Hand Planes: Anant #5 Jack, Groz #4 Smoothing, #3 Smoothing, and Small Block. (I’d love to get a set of USA made planes and chisels someday, but I’m not ready to open that can of worms yet)
Footprint Chisel Set (1/8” – 1 1/4”)
Stanley Miter Box & Saw (the old fashioned way to do trim work)
Lots of clamps

Wish List: (in order of what I think I “need” most):
Steel City Bench Top Helical Blade Planer #7 Jointer Hand Plane
Festool Dust Extractor
Festool Kapex Miter Saw (drooling…)
Biscuit joiner or Festool Domino (drooling again…)
Bench top Variable Speed Drill Press (with mortise attachment)
Bench top Band Saw

I’m not too proud to accept donations if any of you “more experienced” guys would like to will me some of your used tools when you are done using them.

I’ll post some photos of my “shop” soon, once I get things a little more organized.



-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 04:35 AM

My table saw set up for ripping on it’s new rolling base which also holds my crosscut sled when not in use on the right hand side:

A little unorthodox, but it works. This is how I connect my Shop Vac to my Festool TS 55 track saw. It does a pretty good job collecting the dust. I’ll eventually get a Festool Vac to go with my saw, but I’m not sure when. I have a few other tools that I think I need more right now.

My version of a multipurpose table. I replaced the top on an old Craftsman work table with 1.5” of MDF and added a small vise, some Kreg Muti-track, and built a rolling base for it. My jigsaw, sanders, and some other tools fit undneath. I mainly use this table for drilling pocket screw holes with my Kreg Jig and cutting miters by hand. I plan to add 20mm holes in the top for use with my Festool clamps and bench dogs.

My little 6 gallon QSP Shop Vac in it’s natural state. Sometimes I think this vac must have been designed to operate on it’s back because it is constantly falling over. I plan to built this vac into my router table to solve this problem.

Cutting with the TS 55 between my workbench and my router table. I had this in mind when I built both tables and it works great. I also love having all the extra work space for assembly.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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