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My workshop is a two-car garage. Everything is mobile so I can get our vehicles in the garage when the weather gets bad, but 98% of the time it’s a shop.

My stationary tools are fairly basic homeowner models, but I use the best blades I can afford (I currently have a Ridge combination blade on the table saw and a Tenryu on the miter saw) and I keep the equipment well tuned. I used a dial indicator to line up the blade on my Porter-Cable table saw (a rebranded Hitachi) and added a Biesemeyer fence. It does everything I ask it to. (I’ve debated about getting a cabinet saw, but it’s too hard to deliver in my neighborhood and the only tool outlet outside of the big box stores in the area is Harbor Freight.)

My band saw has a Craftsman nameplate, but was made by Rikon. It would have been cool to have the Rikon name on the saw, but not for double the money.

I used to have a Jet dust collection system with all the ductwork and blast gates and bells and whistles. Now I use a Dust Deputy with a 6.5 horsepower shop vac. It is centrally located in the shop and on wheels, so it takes about as much time to unhook and hook the hose as it used to take to close (“which tool did I use last?”) and open blast gates. I think it does a better job than the dust collector did.

My newest addition is a Nova 1624 lathe (a gift from my wife for completing a seven-year remodel on our home). I have a feeling it’s going to occupy a lot of my woodshop time in the coming years.

-- David

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 11:38 PM

great shop space,it would be nice to have a dedicated shop but im like you the truck comes in at night so all my equipment is on wheels,which makes me stay more organized.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 11:58 PM

Thanks. We have a barn out back I suppose I could set the shop up in, but the garage is easier to heat and more accessible. By the way, I took these pictures when the shop was messy because…it’s always messy.

-- David

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 06:15 PM

Great shop….and hey wheels are where its at!!! I’m in the same boat…thanks for showing..

-- Mike

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 08:11 PM

David, you really have a very nice shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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David Smith

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#5 posted 01-21-2017 12:24 AM

Thanks. Glad to be here.

-- David

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 01:45 AM

A good looking shop.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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