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My workshop is a work in progress. I read quite a bit before arriving at this layout. This was the first year that I got serious about woodworking. After taking over 1/2 of our 2 car garage I was able to set up my first shop. Since I have to share the other half with my wife’s car I needed the ability to move things around. Pretty much everything is on casters with the exception of my band saw. I build mostly tables and smaller casegoods so I have tried to set up my shop accordingly. From the pictures you can see my stance on clutter and sawdust…I hate and avoid both as much as possible.

Everything is centered around the placement of the table saw as it takes center stage. I have a shopmade production bench that does triple duty as the TS runoff and tool storage with a power source. The production bench along with my mobile planer stand (not pictured) are made as cheaply and quickly as possible (MDF). I currently have 2 layers of 2’x4’ birch shop ply as my top. I hopefully will replace with solid maple and add a vise at some point as I seem to do most of my work here vs. the 2’x8’ workbench behind it. At some point I need to add a true cabinet makers bench either of solid maple or beech. I keep my jointer and planer parked in front of the TS when not in use. I simply roll either out and attach my 4” hose to them and I am in business. For right now I have clustered my bandsaw to the right of my TS and it seems to work fine for now.

As far as keeping sawdust down to a minimum I have a two prong approach. I use a dust collector along with a air filtration system to help take out any residual airborne wood particles.

For those of you who like lists here are my highlights:
Jet Air Filtration System AFS 1000B
Delta 1hp Dust Collector AP400
Grizzly 14” Band Saw G0555X with 6”riser
Grizzly 6” Jointer G0604
Delta 13” Planer 22-580
Delta 10” 1.5hp Table Saw Left Tilt Contractor Saw 36-979 with cast iron wings and Biesemeyer fence
Delta 17” Laser Drill Press 17 959L
Hitachi 10” Compound Miter Saw C-10FC2
Porter Cable 895 Router Kit
Porter Cable 557 Biscuit Joiner
Porter Cable 2600 2 hp 6 gal. Pancake air compressor
WoodTek 1 hp bench top Mortiser
Kreg K3 Master System
Various other small power tools
Various hand tools: Chisles, planes, card sraper (I love my card scraper) etc.

Still Needs (wish list)
a cabinet makers bench (either make it myself or purchase one)
Jet 18”-36” open end drum sander
Vaccum Press & Table
More storage more space

-- Brian, Folsom, CA

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#1 posted 2306 days ago

Hey BFD,

Cool shop,

I think I figured out what happens to the dust and clutter at your place. It moves over to mine during the “Dead Of Night” That must be why yours is so neat and mine always looks like a disaster area.


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#2 posted 2305 days ago

Great shop!

I have about the same amount of space available to work in and have been wondering how I could possibly get all of the tools squeezed inside. Your shop gives me new ideas on how I can situate tools within my own shop. Thanks for the inspiration!


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#3 posted 2304 days ago

Nice shop BFD. Lots of great tools and decent space.

I used to live in Orangevale, and liked the Folsom area.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 2301 days ago

Nice! Don’t fall victim to the “filling every bit of space with tools.” You have a nice shop with a great amount of space to work in.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 2234 days ago


Great looking shop! Your my kind of guy! A place for everything and everything in its place. I lived in Lemoore, CA. for five years and my daughter lives in Hanford.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 2234 days ago

Nice shop. When I saw the rail sticking out from your table saw I thought of the time that I had a similar set up. I still have that dent in the side of the car door.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 2234 days ago

I like the wide open space. It’s almost like working outside..only you’re not ;) A clean shop just says ‘get busy time’, doesn’t it?

-- Jason, AL

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#8 posted 2165 days ago


You have a nice shop space in which to work. And you have a nice set of tools to play with as well. It is very organized too.

Thanks for the shop tour. I really appreciated visiting with you.

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

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#9 posted 2047 days ago

Thats a nice workshop, BFD.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 2037 days ago

Hey Brian, I hadn’t seen your shop yet, so I thought I’d stop by. Looks great to me. Clean, organized, open and well lit. Seems like a good place to work.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 2003 days ago

Very nice and clean workshop…..
... (sure you got to clean before and after or else all have to stay outside…LOL).

Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 1494 days ago

Nice shop, I am very OCD about keeping mine clean as I can see you do too. A clean shop is a safe shop.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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