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My shop is an attached 2-car garage, reduced to a 1.5-car garage when a mud-room was extended into it years ago. It serves triple-duty as wood shop, automotive shop, and general garage-storage (tractor, yard tools, etc.) so creative storage and intelligent usage of space is a must. At least there are no cars parked in it :)

Major Tool List:

Ridgid TS3612 Table Saw
Ridgid JP06101 6” Jointer
Delta 22-540 12” Planer
Craftsman 10” Radial Arm Saw (Emerson)
DeWalt 12” Compound Miter Saw (actually on loan from my Father)
Home-made Router Table, housing Craftsman “Professional” router (model #27680)
Craftsman 9” bench-top drill press
Harbor Freight 2HP Dust Collector
Craftsman 33 gal. Air Compressor

Eventually, I’ll be putting a 16×12 shed in the back yard that will be home to the garden tractor, yard tools, etc., which will free up some space. For now though, my woodworking activities are generally contained in the back area blocked off by the table saw, dust collector, and drill press. It’s pretty messy at the moment as I’m in the middle of making various Christmas gifts, but it’s actually a nice, cozy area in there where I don’t have to go too far to get to much of anything. Keeping it back there also makes it fairly painless to make room when i need to pull vehicle into the garage for maintenance.

In the (hopefully) near future though, my “expansion,” if you will, will be to add a router and planer in the forward area, creating a sort of stock preparation space. Probably a band-saw too eventually, mostly for re-sawing. It’ll all need to be fairly mobile to accomodate auto maintenance, but I think a few carts and/or mobile tool bases should do thet trick. My wife and I try to keep our hobbies from impacting (negatively, anyway) the family finances, which means that I need to fund those purchases on my own. It’ll be a few months now before I come up with the money for those two items.

BTW, that big box… That’s the one the HF Dust Collector came in. And until my 90 days are up, I’m keeping that box just in case… In the meantime, I find it actually makes a REALLY handy little table. So much so that I think an outfeed table will be a must. I find myself setting up saw-horses out in front there to sand large items, and use the box there to set the sander on, extra sand paper, small pieces, etc. The big blue blanket I use to cover the saw when I’m done for the day.

I like having the Computer setup out there too – very handy for googling stuff when you’re in the middle of something. I also have an older TV card installed in that PC so I can watch TV out there – very handy during football season.

Anyway, here it is!

-- Bill - Western NY

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