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I’m currently in the process of setting up my new shop
When it’s done, I’ll update this section but for now here’s my old one…

Like many others, I have a shop that is too small ;).
Mine is in the crawlspace of our townhouse. Thankfully I’ve got really good neighbours that don’t mind the noise from time to time. There are two ways into or out of my shop, one is the trap door in the hall closet and the other is the short but relatively wide window in the crawlspace. I have 6’6” ceilings in two areas with some much shorter areas connecting them. In order to enlarge the usable space, the first thing I did was put a floor down over the sand and rock along one wall. This new floor now serves as a place for my 6” jointer and my sharpening station.
I’ve used a shop vac with a bunch of pvc pipe to handle dust collection, three blast gates in the shop, one that is split for both the table saw guard and the dust port in the cabinet. Mobility is an absolute must for my space, everything except the mitre saw and the lathe is on wheels. In my main space I can usually only have one machine set up for use at any one time, everything else is either tucked under the bench or wheeled into the bathroom. The bathroom is now really just a storage area with a sink for cleaning up.
In all I have two areas, my main working area is about 8’ x 8’ and the other is an ‘L’ shaped space that fits my jointer, mitre saw and smallish lathe.
With the limited entrances to my shop, anything larger than an average coffee table must be assembled upstairs or outside.

The tools:
Table Saw (Craftsman version of the Ryobi BT3100) with Lee Styron’s incredible “Shark Guard” system
Dewalt router mounted in one of the tablesaw wings
Ridgid 14” Bandsaw with 6” riser
Ridgid Drill Press
Bosch 10” Sliding Compound Mitre saw
General Interanational 6” Jointer
Mastercraft Lathe
Dewalt 13” thickness planer
Ridgid Oscillating Sander
General International Air Filtration System

Given the small entrances into the shop, the table saw, drill press, bandsaw, jointer and lathe all had to be carried down in pieces and assembled in the space they occupy. I’m not looking forward to moving, I’m going to be spending weeks taking everything apart and carrying it back up through the trap door.
Besides the limited space I also have to deal with there being only one breaker running power to the shop. Eventually I’ll drop a couple lines down into it but for now I run an extension cord down and take it from machine to machine as I use them. The biggest problem this leaves my with is not being able to run my dust filter while I’m working (thankfully the shop vac dust collection can run on the shared breaker without tripping it).

Although I can’t wait for the day when I have a double garage shop, I still count myself lucky for having the space I do. Not many people living in townhouses have a woodworking shop hiding under their living room ;).

D.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2113 days ago

Your shop sounds interesting. How about posting some pictures?

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

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John Gray

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#2 posted 2113 days ago

Ingenious shop. Can you tell us about Lee Styron’s incredible “Shark Guard” system?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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John Gray

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#3 posted 2113 days ago

Ingenious shop. Can you tell us about Lee Styron’s incredible “Shark Guard” system?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Devin

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#4 posted 2113 days ago

Thanks for the comments, interesting is indeed a good description. Lumber has to come in the window, nothing over 8’ mind you. I have to cross through a section that is under 5 feet tall to get from my main area to the chop saw and jointer…but as I’ve said, I’m happy to have it. Here’s a few pictures…

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Devin

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#5 posted 2113 days ago

Ingenious? wow, thank-you. Lee Styron (LeeWay Workshop) makes an excellent after market riving knife and blade guard that has dust collection port built in. I believe he makes them for many saws but I found him through the BT3Central forum dedicated to my particular tablesaw. So far I have been able to leave the riving knife on my saw for all cuts except when doing dados. Obviously, the increased protection from kickback this affords me is huge, just knowing it’s there makes me much more focused on my task when at the saw (rather than being distracted by thoughts of flying lumber ;)).

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Zuki

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#6 posted 2112 days ago

Hmmm . . . drill press next to the toilet. LOLOLO

You seem to like Home Depot with the orange sprinkled around the shop. I have one of their portable TS. Great machine.

Great use of space.

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Devin

162 posts in 2114 days


#7 posted 2112 days ago

yeah, the drill press lives in the bathroom due to the lack of space, when I do need to use it there’s quite the little dance that has to take place to get the drill press out and then the bandsaw into the bathroom. There’s only room for one or the other to be in use at one time. You’ll notice I had to take the door off the bathroom to make room as well. Also, did you happen to notice the air filter hanging directly above the toilet? Still makes me laugh when I see it, truly a guys bathroom!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 2111 days ago

Devin,

Thanks for the pictures. I can see what you mean about the hallway entry into your shop. It would be a challenge to try and wrestle a tablesaw into the shop through here. I assume that you have to bring all your big items in through the window like you do your lumber. You have organized your shop well and you have a nice looking set of tools to play with.

I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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JohnnyVee

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#9 posted 1981 days ago

Hey Devin

Great use of space. I will let you know when I have mine in order and viewable. BTW, we have the same DeWalt planer and I think they’re a 13” model… not that size matters.

-- John ..."Measure twice, cut once and always do a finger count right after that..."

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Devin

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#10 posted 1981 days ago

Hey John, thanks…and you’re right, it’s the 13” model…

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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simplypine

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#11 posted 1976 days ago

I see it’s not the amount of space but how you use it that counts.

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HallTree

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#12 posted 1976 days ago

I great use of a small space. Very well planed out. A General International Air Filtration System over the toilet, You probably found out that it also helps to keep the air clear of sawdust. By the way, if the saw blade on that table saw ever binds and stops while cutting, shut that saw off as quick as possible. If you do not, you will have to replace the shims and that is a real bear to do. Otherwise that is a great table saw.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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mrsawdust

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#13 posted 1976 days ago

fascinating, Devin. i can appreciate one not having any space at all. having spent my childhood in a commercial shop, much of my adult life was without one at all! mine is 12’ x 25’ and i complain?
mike

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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oldwoodman

137 posts in 1983 days


#14 posted 1940 days ago

Devin,

I just saw the pictures today of your shop. I admire your determination to work in that space. You have indeed made the most of the space that you have. Great job!!!

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JohnnyVee

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#15 posted 1842 days ago

Devin

I was looking at the pictures of your old shop and noticed that you have a Ridgid 14” bandsaw. I just got one and wanted to ask you a few things about it. – do you have a riser block installed for resawing? – do you get much vibration with the saw? If so what did you do to calm it down? – did you replace your guide blocks with cool blocks?

-- John ..."Measure twice, cut once and always do a finger count right after that..."

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