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Woodshop Build #2: My Space

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Blog entry by VarnellWoodworks posted 146 days ago 815 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A lot of you are probably used to seeing woodshops full of tools and sawdust. Some even have woodshops that the brothers Green would be jealous of. Well, I have neither.

In my first blog in this series, I shared my opinions on table saws and told you which one I was purchasing. Today I will be talking about the space that will eventually become my woodshop. As you can see, it looks more like a garage than a woodshop but I’m going to change that over the course of the next few months. I agree with the feeling that a woodshop is a work in progress and will never be finished but I am starting from scratch. I only have a few hand tools, a crappy miter saw and a small shop vacuum.

Just to give you a little background, I have only made two projects in my life. A hardwood toolbox that I made in 9th grade shop class and a plywood portable box for electrical hook up to 110v. So, I am a complete novice when it comes to woodworking. I have always wanted to do some woodworking but I never got around to it. Sad, Huh. About 6 months ago I stumbled across a video podcast called The Wood Whisperer. (Some of you may of heard of it.) Marc inspired me beyond belief and I once again caught the bug. I scoured the internet for anything woodworking related and found a wealth of information and resources. To make a long story short (I know, too late) I am itching to build my woodshop and start making anything that catches my eye.

Ok, I have my table saw on order from Grizzly. It took a little longer than I thought because of financial reasons, but its on order. My shop is a 16’ x 22’ one car garage next to my two car garage. Its a decent space and I don’t have to give up a stall that’s used for my car. The home came with the built in shelving and workbench that you see in the pictures and they will do. (For now)

Any suggestions on equipment, shop layout, dust collection or tips and tricks would be extremely helpful. They will probably not read this but I would like to thank The Wood Whisperer, Woodworking For Mere Mortals, The Carmichael Workshop, Laney Shaughnessy, Gwinnett Woodworkers Association, Pahrump Valley Woodworkers Guild, Drunken Woodworker, and The Internet Woodworker for inspiring me to become a woodworker and getting me started on my journey. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you will come back for more.

———Dustin

-- I am who I am and thats all that I am. ------Dustin



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 146 days ago

I just bought a grizzly as well.

To choose equipment, you must decide what type of work you will be mainly doing. Are you working with mostly handttools or power tools. Great equipment is nice, but not realistic for most of us. Tools do not make a project. The craftsman does. There are lots of great projects posted here that aren’t done in a top end shop. Get tools you can be comfortable with and spend time refining your craft.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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VarnellWoodworks

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#2 posted 146 days ago

Monte

Thanks for the advice. I think I would like to be a hybrid woodworker leaning slightly toward power tools. I would like to start out making small stuff like band saw boxes, cutting boards, crafts and as I get better, things like chairs, dressers, then as I get even better I would like to make high end furniture.

-- I am who I am and thats all that I am. ------Dustin

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paxorion

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#3 posted 145 days ago

In addition to a table saw, a planer and jointer will be invaluable for processing rough lumber when making cutting boards. A router will also help a lot.

-- paxorion

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Todd

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#4 posted 145 days ago

My shop is about the same size as yours. You can see it at http://lumberjocks.com/todd1962/workshop

My layout works fine for me. In a shop this size make sure everything is on wheels. It makes it easier to clean and easier to work. I don’t seem to have room to leave each power tool in a dedicated place to work from. With a TS, BS, DP, DC, jointer, planer, sanders, etc there is not enough room for a dedicated station for each plus accommodate wood of any size. Therefore, I didn’t see any sense running DC ducting everywhere either.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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Todd

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#5 posted 145 days ago

Also, for a shop of that size I find the HF 1.5HP DC to be adequate. I modified mine with a Wynn filter and a thien baffle http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95715 . Get you a 25% off coupon and you can pick it up for $150. You may need more lighting. I have nine 4-foot, 2-lamp T12 fixtures.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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VarnellWoodworks

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#6 posted 143 days ago

Thanks for the tip guys. Does anybony know of a good article about converting 110v to 220v. I thought i had at least one 220v outlet but it turns out it was just a 110v on a 20 amp breaker.

-- I am who I am and thats all that I am. ------Dustin

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Todd

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#7 posted 143 days ago

Sorry. I don’t know what you mean by “convert”. You have to run both “phases” to the outlet. Unless the wire run to that outlet has a red, black, green, and bare wire then you can’t “convert” that outlet. A 240V line will originate from a double-pole breaker in your electrical box. To meet code (and prevent a fire hazard) you will need to have the breaker, wire, and outlet sized for the same amperage. For example a 20A circuit will require at least 12 gauge wire and the properly rated outlet. Unless you are very familiar with electrical you should hire an electrician. If you do it yourself then get a permit and have it inspected.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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VarnellWoodworks

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#8 posted 143 days ago

Todd

Thanks, with my limited electrical knowledge i will have to get an electrician.

-- I am who I am and thats all that I am. ------Dustin

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