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A few months ago I decided to finally clean up the garage/shop and start reorganizing. I previously had my workshop set up on the other side of the garage (in the two car stall) but when we bought the house I originally planned to use the single car side. Here’s my chance to finally get set up like I originally intended.

The first pic in the view in from the single door. The North State 14” band saw sits in between the doors (with bats and balls on the wall behind it). If you’re not familiar with North State, it’s a clone of Delta/Jet that is available in the Charlotte area. I’ve found it’s most similar to Jet, including the paint color. I got this one from a guy who was closing a cabinet shop and scored a shop made arc cutting jig from him that he made for it. Seems to work ok, but needs a little more TLC especially to get rid of the vibration/bouncing.

Just in front of the band saw is the Jet 6” jointer. This was another Craigslist score, just like the band saw. Works great and required very little effort on my part to get it up to my satisfaction level. Basically just needed to have the cast iron cleaned and waxed. Thankfully everything was straight and true.

Next to the jointer is the underpowered Craftsman benchtop table saw. I shouldn’t complain too much about this saw, since this is what started me down the path into woodworking, but you get what you pay for. I’ve had a few failed attempts at adding dust collection to this thing and finally just gave up. I did add a melamine face to the fence, a zero clearance insert and a Freud Diablo thin kerf blade. All made noticeable improvements. I do plan to upgrade, just not sure when.

The saw horses next to the table saw support an old desktop that serves as my assembly table. When I upgrade my table saw, this desktop will become part of a permanent out-feed table for my new saw, and still double as an assembly area.

Next to the entry door to the house is the Craftsman drill press. Yet another Craigslist buy and a pretty good deal as well. It also worked great immediately and right now only needs a dedicated wood working table.

Next to the drill press is my tool box. I used to do more work with cars so I have a decent collection of mechanics and general purpose tools that reside in there.

The planer sits on the wooden cart on the right side of the first pic. This is where it sits when in use since that’s the only place I have a 220V outlet right now. It’s an old Sears 12 or 13” cast iron beast. It could stand to have some improvements, mainly pulleys and an upgraded belt drive, some in-feed and out-feed extentions, and dust collection. I plan to add some ducting for dust collection when I finally get a dust collector. When not in use, it can be wheeled over to the space between the band saw and jointer, but I’ve not bothered to do that yet.

The second pic shows my 2×4 workbench that has served me pretty well. This was the first shop fixture I made when I moved in to this house 2.5 years ago. There are some things I would do differently and I plan to replace it eventually, but more pressing projects are on my agenda first. Since the pic I added a retractable air hose reel under the left end of the workbench, right next to the air compressor. Very convenient!

The wall cabinet above the bench holds my hand held power tools and is out of space. This will get modified or replaced when I redo the bench. It also holds the saw blade rack and acts as a shelf for a few other things that rarely get used.

The third pic shows the view from my work bench. The double door side of the garage will still allow for vehicle parking. Well, once I get everything arranged and put away, that is.

The fourth pic is of the miter saw bench and router table. I added 2.5” dust collection tied to a shop vac. I also got one of those cyclone lids for a five gallon bucket, but will probably make a Thein style separator when I get a dust collector. The router is mounted on the left side of the bench, but I have run out of space trying to rout long boards on more than one occasion. When I get a new table saw, I plan to move the router table to the extension wing. This whole bench will be going away once I build the new miter saw bench and cabinets.

The fifth pic shows the view from the double door. The bicycles will be finding their way to the other side of the garage, as will all the lumber and the ladder. The wall the ladder is on (pic 6) will be where the new miter saw bench and lower storage cabinets will go. I think I may finally start on those cabinets after the holidays. Above them will be a wall of pegboard. The lumber will go on a new lumber rack on the side wall on the other side of the garage.

Once I get the miter saw bench and cabinets up, I plan to add more electrical capacity. Next on the list is a dust collector and associated plumbing. Somewhere in there will be upgrading lighting and when I find the money or a good enough deal, a new table saw. I’m excited about the improvements I have scheduled, and I hope I will get most of it done in the next year.

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 07:21 PM

It does look like you have a lot going on in there. Bummer about all the “non-essentials” taking up room in YOUR shop but I guess they have to be stored somewhere. I have a corner of mine that has a push mower and weed eater in it along with some shelves that hold oil, gasoline and other automotive products. I have tried to convince my wife that these would be better suited in the the upper garage but she somehow is reluctant to give up any of HER garage space. :) But I am glad that we added a third garage in our walk-out basement that I converted into my shop. I can honestly say that if I asked my wife to use part of her garage for a shop I would be out in the weather before her vehicle would be. Good idea on putting one vehicle outside though. I tried for years to keep both a garage and a shop and eventually just gave up and let my truck sit outside. Besides this gave me more room for tools!!!

It looks like you have organized things pretty well and you have put in some nice additions like the miter bench. It looks as if you could use a lumber rack to store the wood, though. This would free up some valuable floor space. It looks like you have a nice assortment of tools as well. And I am glad to see a picture of the shop forman included. I am sure he finds ways to keep you busy. :)

Thanks for posting pictures of your shop. I enjoyed the tour.

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

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 07:43 PM

A big lumber rack and sheet goods storage will be part of the new and improved workspace. I just need to find time to do the major overhaul. I’m planning to swap everything over to the other side of the garage so that the van can park on the double door side instead of the single. Since I still have a few projects that need to be done sooner than later, the redo will have to wait.

Oh, and the shop foreman and his cohorts are always keeping me on my toes! It has trained me to unplug everything after use!

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 01:54 AM

Great workshop!

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 04:35 AM

super shop,nice tools, Cute little guy

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 02:17 PM

With the limited space you seem to be doing OK…...well done.

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 02:30 PM

good to see it’s working out for you .
sometimes , time is the only solution .
that way , we get to eat also !
nice shop and tools .
thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 10-23-2009 09:00 PM

I updated the description and pics of my shop now that I cleaned up and moved things around. Hopefully there will be more updates on the shop in the next year.

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 09:33 PM

Looks like you are getting there. I don’t think workshops change as much as they evolve to suit our concurrent woodworking obsessions. How old is that Craftsman planer? I’ve never seen one that old before.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 12:34 AM

I was looking around on to find more info on it since I don’t have a manual to it. It seems to be a late 1940s model, but I didn’t see any others on there that were that old.

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