|Workshop by David- Johston, IA||posted 01-18-2010 08:42 PM||1021 reads||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My shop is built in the third bay of our garage. It is insulated, heated and cooled. I did all of the work other than electrical myself. There is a large storage shelf at the back of the garage where I keep sheet goods and ultimately will build a wood storage rack. Not ideal, but will work given the lack of space. All of the structures in the shop were built by me. I have quite a lot of drawer space and some cabinet space.
The bench I built is of southern yellow pine and serves as an outfeed table for my table saw. Cabinets are all of birch ply and the faceframes are of poplar – I chose not to spend a bunch of $$$ on wood for the shop cabinents but to put the $$ into tools and project wood. Dust collection system is 6” PVC into a 5hp Penn Cyclone. Works great.
I have tried to get high quality tools, as I’ve learned that you pay for cheap tools many times through your life in the shop. If you buy really good stuff, it only hurts once. I have a General Mortiser, Powermatic jointer, PM planer and PM scroll saw, PM disk/belt sander, Jet spindle sander, 16” Laguna HD Bandsaw (awesome!), General Drill Press, Laguna TSS with 5hp motor upgrade, scoring and I replaced the european fence with a Beismeir (required extensive modification to work, but I love it now that it’s done). I have a Dewalt chop saw, a bunch of routers for different purposes- Jessem Master lift on a Bench Dog Router Table. Two commercial jigs that I really love are the Leigh FMT and the 24” D4R. Both turn out excellent work. I love my tools and am happy to give an unbiased opinion about any of ‘em if people are interested in buying the same models.
The one thing I’ve really liked is that I installed Wixey digital scales on everything that will take them (router lift, table saw, planer). I’m working on a way to modify one for the Chop saw table. While this precision is overkill for most wood working, it is really cool to know that things are going to go together with great precision if I cut them right. They have helped make me better at setups as well.
-- David from Johnston, IA - The four most expensive words in woodworking: "I can fix that..."