|Workshop by SirFatty||posted 05-16-2012 12:37 AM||1540 reads||0 times favorited||10 comments|
My shop is restricted to a two car garage. Since we garage our cars in the winter, the tools/benches have to be mobile. And since I live in the Chicago suburbs, I can’t do any work from Thanksgiving through spring break because it’s too cold out there.
The center the shop is my Porter Cable tablesaw, the Craftsman was retired after many years of service.
The center of the shop is my 20 year old Craftsman contractor saw. I bought it new and have cut miles of wood (it seems like it anyway). The Forrest Woodworker 2 with a blade stabilizer was the first and best accessory I purchased for the saw.
My bench is a all metal, heavy and on locking casters. Made by Workplace it is load rated for 600lbs. It’s height is set to work as an out-feed for my table-saw.
In the back of the shop is a somewhat recent acquisition: a 1950’s era Craftsman radial arm saw. It’s been in the family all these years, so I am the current caretaker. I have to admit I don’t find it too useful, and it isn’t the most accurate piece of equipment. On top of all that, it takes up valuable floor space. I will probably disassemble it, store it in the basement and put a band-saw in its place.
A cheap Tool Shop sliding compound miter-saw and a Ryobi AP-12 thickness planer round out the heavy equipment.
But I’ve done the majority of the projects with the table-saw and my trusty Porter Cable router.
The cabinets are made from 1/2 OSB, with some ubiquitous peg board storage below. I have wood stored whereever there is room, I have some 75 year old walnut waiting for a project, and tucked way up on top are parts from a couple pianos that I help demolish. Those will most likely end up as headboard/footboards.
It’s a small, cramped space, but it works. I might even put a furnace out there one of these days.
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