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My shop is in my basement and one problem are the two poles that hold up the I-beam that supports the upper floors. That really limits where you can put a table saw, and in my case it was the last thing I bought so it just went in the last open space. I can’t do 4×8 sheets but I just cut them down a bit with a circular saw anyway. I have a chop saw in between the lumber rack (4 levels, 8 feet long) so wood comes off the rack and can be rough sized right there. The next steps are jointer and planer, clustered around one of the poles along with the bandsaw. The arrows in the picture show the feed direction. Around the other pole is my router table and table saw. The boxes with dashed lines are on wheels, they stay on the perimeter until they are needed and then wheeled out in the middle of the room for use. That puts my pancake air compressor (in a compartment on a stand below a sanding station) on wheels, which is really handy. My finishing cart has two doors and the space behind them holds brushes, paint, solvents, filters, gloves, masks, tape – everything needed during finishing. The work table, or woodworkers bench, is a hefty frame of doubled up 2×4s joined with mortise and tenon. The top is 1 3/4 laminated maple (I just bought that, too hard to make). I have a rapid acting vice on the table. I didn’t show my mobile clamp rack, mobile shop cart and “third hand” stand, they’re mobile too. I’ve been working on all this over the course of a year (mostly just weekends), and I’m just about done with it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA


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#1 posted 11-02-2011 01:59 AM

Nice layout. It’s always good to turn a nuisance into a good thing.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 09:06 AM

I too had two posts in my shop that were a constant pain to work around. I finally had enough and put a beam from wall to wall and cut out one of the posts and had to make peace with that post that was left. Good luck…...........

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 10:40 AM

Nice set-up.

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 04:58 PM

Well it sounds like you’ve got it figured out how to use your shop in spite of it’s drawbacks and that’s what counts. Sooo congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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dpop24

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 12:44 AM

Great shop, very well set up. What are the dimensions of your shop?

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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doncutlip

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 12:47 AM

The area I’m using is about 16 by 24 feet

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 01:18 AM

Beautiful workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 03:59 AM

Very nice! I really like all of your hand built stands, cabinets, and worktables. Great job.

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doncutlip

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 12:33 AM

Added a cart to hold table saw accessories

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 11-18-2011 02:47 PM

I like your workshop. You have a lot of the same limitation I have…so it’s kind of cool to see how you tackled your issues. I’m still in the process of building mine and purchasing tools. So far I have a small tablesaw that my wife’s dad gave me, and a Grizzly G0555 bandsaw that I just purchased. I also have a scroll saw and a miter saw. I’ll post pics when I am complete (hopefully some time in 2012).

Also, do you remember what green you used for the rolling cart? I’m building a stand for my bandsaw and I would like to color match the Grizzly Green.

Adios!
-Jim

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Tradeturnhobby

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#11 posted 11-27-2011 06:55 PM

Hi Don,
This is a nice shop! Great job! I am envious of the space. To be honest I cut most of my sheet goods with a circular saw as well. Not since my days in the cabinet shop have I been able to have a saw large enough to handle sheet goods and that saw took a lot of space. Anyway, point being that it is nice to see others have to accommodate what they have like I do.
You have done a great job. I can’t wait to see the work you turn out of this shop.

-- TTH, UT

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doncutlip

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#12 posted 12-15-2011 01:08 AM

Added a cart for my drill press.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 08:10 PM

Shop Cart

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 08:11 PM

Router table cabinet, encloses open frame metal tool stand

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 01-01-2012 11:24 PM

and one problem are the two poles that hold up the I-beam that supports the upper floors.

Thats nothing… be thankfull you only have the two work around 2… I have about 8 house piles to work around (in close proxiimity)... and a least you have a nice concrete floor and it is flat… :-) My basement

Shop looks great… The thing I find is as you say you “can’t do 4×8 sheets…” neither can I on the table saw but I have a work around… I take it outside set up a straight edge and out comes the circular saw.

I would be in heaven if I had that much space and room to swing the cat. (oh not that I swing the cat… lol)

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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