|Workshop by TechRedneck||posted 1452 days ago||2940 reads||4 times favorited||28 comments|
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My shop is in my garage/basement which is 48’ x 34’. I have to park my wife’s car, my car and my truck (with snow plow) in the garage during the winter. In summer I park the old Chevy 1500 outside.
I used the computer to draw a scale model of the space and measured each tool and the work area that was needed around it. I was able to drag each item around virtually to find the best placement and shortest runs for the DC piping. This is what I came up with.
Here you can see the Hybrid Table saw with a home made down-draft table as an out feed table. The down draft table is used to clean the air in the shop and is also used as a sanding station. The used furnace fan pulls around 1200 – 1300 CFM through two sets of filters. It has a timer and electrical hookup for sanders. The DC system is piped overhead and down the back side of the saw. The downdraft table is on lifter legs to adjust hight.
I also built a torsion box assembly table which is 4’x4’ and houses a 12 gal compressor and 35’ hose reel. The assembly table serves as an out-feed table for the 6” jointer and light duty 12” planer. Since the planer has a fixed base and movable cutter head it was perfect here. Between the bench and the jointer is a floor sweep. All the DC ducting and blast gates are conveniently located in one area here. Between the router/jointer is the drum sander.
The DC system is hard piped using 4” S&D with blast gates and a primary separator. I opted for the WoodCraft remote control switch which is excellent when you are at the tool, ready to go and need DC. I just clip it to my belt loop and tuck it into my pocket.
In the middle of the shop is a Milwaukee 12” dual bevel sliding compound miter mounted on a Skill stand which has extensions for longer boards and trim. Next to it is the router table housing a Triton 3.5 HP router and is set at the same height as the miter saw and extension arms allowing me to run long boards. The nice open space under the miter saw allows for easy scrap storage an cleanup.
The house and shop are heated with Anthracite Coal using a Hitzer 55 Coal/Wood furnace with gas backup.
The back wall houses a home made cyclone unit using a large Shop VAC and a 25gal garbage can. This high velocity system is separate from the primary DC system and is used to collect the fine dust coming from the router, Scroll saw, spindle sander, belt sander and floor standing band saw. All tools pull out for easy access.
I store most of my lumber in home made racks hung off of the floor joists along the edges of the garage and built a mobile sheet goods rack that tucks in against the wall below some of the overhead racks.
I would like to thank Marc Spagnuolo and the good people here at LJ for a lot of ideas and inspiration in designing this workspace.
-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle