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Workshop by Chadwick posted 01-30-2014 10:37 PM 2630 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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In October of 2012, my mother-in-law bought me a Ridgid R4510 table saw for my birthday, and needless to say, I was hooked. I have dedicated every spare moment to this craft, and in only about a year’s time, have graduated up to this setup. Every piece of equipment you see has been earned by work that I’ve done for friends and neighbors. My wife is an Officer in the US Air Force, so I invested my shop time to creating challenge coin displays, memorial flag cases, shadow boxes, etc. and every penny from that has been saved to purchase what you see here :)

The left side of the shop is for storage of about 200 board feet of rough-sawn and semi-surfaced domestic and exotic woods. The cabinet is all finishing products (analine dyes, oil-based polyurethanes, shellacs, etc). The middle of the shop is the outfeed table, with Porter Cable PC160JT Jointer, Steel City 40100 Planer, and Ridgid R4510 Table Saw all outfeeding to it.

The most worthwhile addition: a modified 2hp dust collection system. Every machine in the shop is piped (via automatic blast gate) to this wonderful machine. I built the garbage can pre-separator (Thein Baffle Design) to eliminate chips and large pieces from hitting the impeller, also eliminating the need for plastic bag changes. Another important upgrade was the Wynn canister filter, eliminating dust particles greater than .5 micron.

Craftsman 21400 Band Saw, Hitachi C10FCE2 Miter Saw, and Craftsman 27680 / Ridgid R2401 Routers, all piped into the central dust collection system via automatic blast gates. The boxes on the wall are used for router bit/abrasives storage, and are actually Howitzer cartridge ammunition crates from decades ago.

...The storage and workbench corner – not only hardware, but trim routers, sanders, drills, planers, circular/jig saws, air compressor, and almost any hand tool I might need… not to mention a Hindenburg motivational poster on the wall :)

-- -- "Shortcuts will never make up for the time lost because of one bad accident." --

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 01:27 AM

I love how neat and clean it is.


-- Weth

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 01:56 AM

Nice to see Bucky watching over your shop!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 02:32 AM

@Weth – Only cleaned up for the photo shoot! Was a busy January, and I just needed a reset and a clean slate to get my new assembly/downdraft table started and get moving in February!

@TheDane – I had to look where Bay Settlement was… I grew up in Manitowoc – then Milwaukee for nine years before we got stationed out here in NV four years ago. My wife (a Captain in the Air Force) is from Lake Mills… we’re hoping to get back to the Midwest with our next change of station!

-- -- "Shortcuts will never make up for the time lost because of one bad accident." --

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 05:46 PM

Nice clean looking shop. Wow, I am impressed, your Mother-in-law bought you a table saw!

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 09:47 PM

Nice setup. A VERY interesting ducting setup for sure! Never seen one split off left & right like that. I had mine setup to pull upper and lower… (I am re-running the ductwork. What size trash can is that? I have a 30 gallon and I am not sure it will fit under like yours does, but if it does… a side flip like that is in the future for me!

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 11:08 PM

@KMT – Right?!? I was interested in starting to work with wood in late 2012, and she took me to the local orange store to pick out “one big item.” It’s amazing how much I’ve learned since that day… and I’m working so much that I’m planning on replacing it as soon as we move this summer! Truly found a new love… woodworking, not my mother-in-law ;)

@dbhost – The side-by-side split off the separator works really well, actually! The can was from the local blue store – 31 gallons and about $25. To be honest, it barely fits underneath the impeller housing – so much so that what I should have done is cut a circle in the base so the can is a bit recessed – that would allow clearance so that the lid can be taken off before I pull the can out, instead of disconnecting the pipes and then pulling the can w/ lid out. Overall, the machine seems to like running on the side – I wasn’t sure if the bearing would be happy about it, but as long as you mount it level, the impeller just kinda free-floats in the housing. It’s also nice to have the outlet directly into the filter/bag ring (one less bend for the air to maneuver upon exhausting). If you have any more questions, I’d be more than happy to throw any info I have at you :)

-- -- "Shortcuts will never make up for the time lost because of one bad accident." --

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 04:27 PM

I might take you up on that…

I was thinking on mine setting up the bag stand parts on a riser of sorts, so that the bag, and the impeller housing are 5” higher than what you have, that way I can clear the separator from the can and empty it easier…

Good job though. Looks really nice, and yeah, I have exactly that same can, just using it for a scrap bucket now…

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 04:34 PM

Super looking shop.

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 05:06 PM

You have a very nice shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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