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This page is about my old shop. I now have a basement and therefore a dedicated :) shop space. Much better! I’ll redo this page at some point when I get some time.

My workshop is also my two-car garage, which has to house two cars, as well as the standard assortment of lawn maintainence, household supply, and storage junk. The good thing is, this garage has this big half-car-bay-size extra space which provides limited dedicated shop space.

Since I’m in you-don’t-know-humidity-until-you’ve-lived-in-Houston, Texas, I added a window air conditioning unit and some garage door insulation that makes this 380 S.F. space habitable, even when the summer inferno is in full swing.

Since part of the space is “dedicated” but most of the space is multi-purpose, I need portable shop solutions. Since I’m new to all of this, I’m systematically acquiring or upgrading my tools as needs arise, but I’ve got a decent start, albeit with some holes.

Primary Equipment
Table Saw: Ridgid TS2400 contractor saw with the older type of lift stand (decent based on my available space). Freud blades and stacked dado set.
Compound Miter Saw: Delta MS250 10” (entry-level saw I bought for a trim project; upgrade needed)
Drill Press: Ridgid DP15501 15” with a small shop-built table and fence (I like it)
Other drills: Milwaukee 0234-1 1/2” hole shooter, Ryobi 3/8” 18V cordless, (old) Craftsman 3/8” corded
Router/Table: Milwaukee 5616-24 2 1/4hp router and a portable table, fixed and plunge bases (great!)
Sanders: DeWalt D26453 (random orbital), Makita BO4552 (sheet), Hitatchi SB 8V2 (belt)
Compressor: Ridgid OF45150 (amazing how much I use this thing) + blow gun, nail guns, & misc. accessories
Jigsaw: a 30-year-old Black & Decker inherited from my parents (upgrade needed some day)
Circular Saw: Makita 5007MGA 7 1/4” (cuts through things like butter)
Shop vac: Ridgid WD0600 (maybe someday I’ll get a real dust collection system)

I’ve built a few fixtures and jigs too. Good practice projects.

We’ll see if or when, but I’d like to add:
-a planer
-a jointer
-a band saw and
-a biscuit joiner

If you have any suggestions, I am open to them.

With my dwindling storage space, I’ll either need to hold off on these new items or have a garage sale to make more space. (Who needs a lawn mower, anyway?)

-- It is better to wear out than to rust out. --Cumberland

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 03:34 AM

Hey AJ
Sounds like a great start better than many. I hope it goes together well for you. Just make sure every thing is on wheels.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 04:19 AM

AJ, your shop sounds interesting. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it when you get the opportunity to post them.

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

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 08:37 PM

Okay, I think this Workshop page is done for now: I uploaded some pics which provide a pretty good overview. Definitely still a work in progress as far as the shop itself goes.

Thanks for the comments.

-- It is better to wear out than to rust out. --Cumberland

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 05:12 AM

Nice space to work in! I like that half bay sized roomish thing…

Since space and mobility are huge concerns for you (as they are for me) benchtop tools help a LOT…

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 04:25 PM

Thanks dbhost. Yes, that extra half-bay space is great because the bigger portable tools (table saw, router table) as well as my assembly table (plywood and some sawhorses) collapse down and get stored there, underneath the wall cabinets that I built that you can see to the right of the workbench. Completely out of the way of the car bays.

-- It is better to wear out than to rust out. --Cumberland

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