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This is my modest workshop. I built all the cabinets, installed all the lighting, installed the utility sink, ran a sub-panel to handle the power tools and put all my power tools on casters. I aslo built my workbench but will eventually be upgrading that with a real woodworking workbench. The tools that aren’t shown on the plan are my mortising machine (Delta), 12 1/2” planer (Delta), and 4” jointer(Craftsman) which are on separate carts that I roll into the shop when needed from an adjoining storage room. Tools are all budget to mid-grade due to finances but they seem to work just fine. I have thoroughly enjoyed putting my shop together in the past year.

Update September 12, 2011 – I have recently replaced the 4” Craftsman benchtop jointer with a Ridgid 6 1/8” stationary jointer. I love it. What a nice piece of equipment. Also, I have purchased the Harbor Freight benchtop oscillating spindle sander and it works like a charm.

Update October 19, 2011 – I have replace the Ridgid Shop Vac with a Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector. I then built and attached the Thein separator which works wonders. In addition, I replaced the filter bag that comes with the HF dust collector with the 1 micron cannister filter from Wynn Environmental. I love this dust collection system.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan


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#1 posted 02-07-2011 03:20 AM

Hey Bob,
Nice cosy set-up with lots of cool tools to play with…good job.

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 02:54 PM

Bob, it looks like you have a nice shop in which to play. I like the ceiling height that you have in your shop and you have utilized your overhead space pretty well by mounting your cabinets high on the wall. They can be a challenge for those of us who are vertically challenged to get to but are a good way to organize and store tools/supplies that are not used often. You also have put together a nice collection of tools as well.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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Stephen Mines

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 05:14 PM

Thanks Bob, especially like the miter-saw stand with integral dust collection…you’ve given me a great idea. My miter saw is on a roll-around, factory built, collapsible, adjustable square tubing stqnd (maybe like you had?) that really doesn’t like to be moved…it’s a real hassle. Like your great use of space, too.

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 07:40 PM

Thanks all for your comments! Scott, I was lucky that our house ended up having 10’ ceilings in the lower level. Most of the upper cabinets are used to store household stuff which will be going to my son when he graduates from college in about a year. Then I can put my wood storage and rarely used tools up there and gain a little extra space. Stephen, the miter saw stand is very simple and cost effective depending on the materials you use. I’ve made most all of my roll around tool carts and stands out of particle board and they have worked just fine over the past year with no signs of loosening or coming apart. Most of my carts are based on a free plan for a planer stand I got from The Woodsmith Shop website and then sized them to the particular tool I wanted to place on it. I took care to glue all connections as well as screw them in place. $19 per sheet for particle board vs $43 for birch ply at HD adds up and I certainly don’t care about how it looks. Just has to work well.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 03:52 AM

I like your miter saw set up, very nice to keep the dust out I’m sure.

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David175

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 03:56 AM

nice shop, looks like you can build anything you wat in there

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 06:19 PM

Bob thats a nice workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 10-01-2011 08:49 PM

Bob, nice set-up. Looks like a great place to relax and have some fun.
I’m not too far away from you in Marysville. Depending on your definition of far..lol

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 04:37 PM

Gary,
YOUR shop is the one to die for. I am truly envious of your setup. Mine started out as just a hobby shop but has become more in the last year. I’m bursting at the seams. I don’t necessarily need more tools, I just need more space to be more efficient. Maybe someday . . . . .

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#10 posted 04-07-2012 06:32 PM

Nice shop!

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