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I recently began to renovate my 12×17 detached garage. The first thing on my agenda was to take it down to the studs and have a new floor poured, as my old one was in disrepair and a hazard. After the floor was poured, I ran conduit from my house to the garage, underground, and installed an 100amp service. I know this is excessive, but hey, I only wanted to do this once with all my needs being met now and in the future. I added a 3×5 sliding window, which looks out into my backyard. This was to bring natural light in and also to keep an eye on the kiddies. Finally, a new insulated garage door was installed.

I have 3 220volt lines installed, for a table saw, bandsaw and DC system. The rest are on 110 lines. After the electric was run, I closed the walls with T-111 tongue and groove exterior siding. I stole the idea from either a member on this site or another, I can’t remember. I chose this type do to its ruggedness to stand up to abuse. Much more durable than sheetrock. I then installed 5 Lithonia 2bulb T12 diamond plated lights throughout. Subsequently, the interior was primed and pained. Now on to the good stuff!

I purchased a Craftsman 36inch wide locker style cabinet. I chose this over the Gladiator due to the storage on the doors, which is convenient for small cans of stains, etc. Next, I purchased stock wall cabinets from Lowes and hung them at waist height. I keep a majority on my tools in their cases, which are now all stored in the cabinets. I then built countertops and used vinyl oak flooring strips as the tops. Next, a Kobalt rolling cabinet was purchased and stores my Bosch router table on top. Inside, my Delta 13inch planer and router accessories are stored, all locked up so my son can’t get hurt! A lumber rack was purchased from Rockler and keeps all my wood off the floor. I purchased a JET 708457K JJ-6CSX 6-Inch 1-HP Jointer from a woodworking show back in February. It’s sitting on the Jet mobile base. I cut a piece of plywood to fit the base and attach the jointer with leg screws to keep it secure and stop the mobile base from flexing.

Several days ago, I purchased a JET 708115K JWBS-14CS 14-Inch bandsaw with a Kreg bandsaw fence system and a JET DC-1100VX-CK Dust Collector 1.5HP w a 2 micron canister. These were purchased at another tool show. They were already on sale, plus an additional 10% off and with $50 instant rebates. The DC system will be placed in a small alcove that is attached to the garage and piped through the wall, along with my air compressor. This is to give me more floor space and keep the noise to a minimum. In addition, I have a small Porter Cable Disc/Belt sander combo, which is OK for now. I have several routers as follows: Bosch 1617EVSPK, Bosch Colt Palm Router and a Porter Cable 690LR.

I recently finished building my first workbench. The top base is made from 2×4 covered with red oak T&G flooring. I wrapped the top in poplar for a distinct look. A Rockler front-end vise was added. I finished the whole bench in Boiled Linseed Oil. To finish it off, I used Rocklers Caster Kit to keep it mobile. Most, if not all of my tools have to be mobile, as the shop is less than 200sq ft. Lastly, I will be drilling 3/4 holes for bench dogs.

The last item on my list is a table saw. I was planning on getting the Grizzly 0690, however, after talking to a gentleman that has over 50 years of woodworking experience, he stated to me, before I mentioned I had children, that if he was to teach his son the trade, he would hands down purchase a Saw Stop. Though much more money than I expected to spend, I realize this is the right move. Though I may have to wait another 6 months to get it, so be it.

My goal is really dial in on my skills over the next several years and start a small business when I “retire”. I plan on teaching my son along the way, as he loves spending time in the shop and knows more about the tools than I do!
I have to thank my beautiful wife for allowing me to spend the time and money to enjoy my hobby and passion. Without her, none of this is possible <3

-- “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 02:19 AM

Very nice, its a great start!

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 12:47 PM

You’ve got a nice shop! Like your big workbench, Looks like a fun place to work!

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 07:53 AM

Thanks AJ, it was (is) fun putting it together, and even more special the time I have to spend doing it with my son, who is only 4. He has a blast and it makes it all worthwhile!

-- “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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Andy Panko

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 07:53 PM

Nice setup. I also personally recommend the SawStop…no question! I have the “contractor” version, upgraded with the cast iron wings and 36” rip capacity. I would have loved to get one of the more powerful cabinet models, but honestly, I’ve yet to encounter any task where the saw didn’t have enough power. And it runs on 110v. Obviously the safety aspects of the saw are revolutionary and unique to SawStop. But the overall quality of the saw is top notch as well. Highly recommend it. Well worth the money.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 10:50 AM

Thanks Andy, I don’t get much time to use the shop as I like. As you know, life gets in the way. I’m still waiting for my SawStop, which probably won’t get here till next summer, so I am holding out rather then getting something I will regret.

-- “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 01:27 PM

You have a really nice shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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