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I have been woodworking for a few years now…of course there is never enough time to do everything you want, either in terms of projects or the shop.

This is my shop today, though, after relocating to Delaware from Texas where my shop was in my garage. One of the criteria I had for the new house was to have a dedicated shop space, which is in a portion the basement. While somewhat small (about 350 sq. ft.), it has a lot of nice features, including an outside (but below ground) entrance, heat and A/C, good lighting, a wall of built in closets, plenty of dedicated power circuits, sound proofing, a sound system and a PC and drafting table. There is also a small kitchen and a full bath just steps away, yay! You never have to leave!

The duct collection system and the compressor are in a small sound-proof closet within the shop. There is also a Jet air filter to get dust out of the living spaces of the house as much as possible.

Due to the tight space, I have most of the equipment on mobile bases. I’d like to get a band saw next, but that will require reshuffling some equipment, probably the drill press. I made need to remove the drafting table or one of the workbenches to free up more floor space for additional equipment in the future.

Primary Equipment
Table Saw: Ridgid TS2400 contractor saw with the older type of lift stand (someday I will get a cabinet saw). 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
Other drills: Milwaukee 0234-1 1/2” hole shooter, Ryobi 3/8” 18V cordless, (old) Craftsman 3/8” corded-dedicated to pocket hole drilling.
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
Planer: The basic DeWalt model.
Spindle Sander: Ridgid combo splindle/belt sander.
Jigsaw: A Ridgid model I bought on clearance. I need a bandsaw.
Circular Saw: Makita 5007MGA 7 1/4” (cuts through things like butter)
Dust Collection: Shop Fox

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

-- 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.

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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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