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Workshop by Toddmc posted 05-13-2009 11:13 PM 1285 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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General description:
My workshop consists of a detached double car garage. The measurements are 25ft X 25ft. I also have an attached garage that is used for cars so I do not have to share any shop space. This detached garage also has a useable attic area, there are pull down stairs to a space that I can stand up in for about 75% of the 25ft X 25ft attic area. The attic area is currently used for wood storage. I have no A/C or heat so this is an excellent area to dry wood. The outside is vinyl.

The shop has electrical outlets every 4 or 5 feet (there are also about 4 outlets in the attic area as well as lighting). as far as lighting the downstairs part has florescent shop light in only about half the area, the part were the garage doors open up do not have any lighting so half the shop is fairly dim. The wall are not insulated which makes the winters not the best time for working. I do have a shop fan and open all the doors in the summer so it is not bad for those times. I have only one 220V plug so I defiantly need some more. The shop has its own distribution panel in it so there is room for expansion (about half the slots are used). Three of the four walls are pegboard with 2 walls having about 20 cabinets total. There is storage space galore (have not filled up half of it yet).

Typical shop projects:
I build furniture like most others here. My clients consist of myself. I am currently building a bedroom suit for my oldest daughter. I have 3 other children and one on the way to build bedroom suits for. Each will have a different design and made of different wood. I am currently working on the first set (bed complete, night stands in progress, with dresser to follow). Other than that I do anything else family or friends request for materials and time compensation. Time compensation is nearly zero since I enjoy doing the work and not looking to make any money off it. I do woodworking as a hobby and hope to continue to do so far far into the future.

Large Equipment:
Craftsmen 10” compound miter saw
1970 cast iron stationary table sander (weighs about 150lbs)
Craftsmen 10” drill press (bench top)
Craftsmen 15” drill press (floor model, currently broken – needs new chuck)
Craftsmen 10” 1/3hp band saw (bench top)
Craftsmen 10” table saw (broke twice and repaired, barley runs now)
1954 rockwell 6 1/8 jointer (despite age this machine runs great and weighs about 200lbs)
1970 model bellsaw 12 1/2” 5hp planer (works great)
1970 model bellsaw 1” table sander (works great)

Small Tools:
Craftsmen 1/4 router (table mounted)
Makita 1/2” router (not table mounted)
4” hose craftsmen shopVac
2” hose craftsmen shopVac
14.4V rigid impact drill
18V craftsmen drill
Pocket Hole Jig
Dowel Jig
Smooth Hand plane
Assortment of other small tools

Future plans for shop:
Install insulation
Install window A/C unit

Future tool acquirements:
Steel City 14” 1 3/4hp granite top Band Saw (pick it up on 22nd of May)
Steel City 10” 1 3/4hp cast iron top Table Saw (pick it up on 22nd of May)

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 11:30 PM

sounds like a good shop

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 05-14-2009 01:41 AM

Your shop sounds interesting. How about posting some pictures when you get the opportunity?

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

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#3 posted 05-14-2009 06:04 AM

Hey neighbor! Sounds like a great place to make wood dust associated with fun projects. I have a SSTW granite 14” band saw. It cuts great once I modified the upper guide arm so I could see where I was cutting.

-- Wuddoc

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