Shop Upgrade #1: Pics of the new shop in progress

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 02-26-2008 08:44 PM 879 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Folks,

Wanted to share a few pics of my shop upgrade in progress, I’m a bit into it now but nothing that is too advanced – just some basic framing. I’m working out of a 2-car garage and wanted to maximum my shop space while still retaining some use of the garage.

The major tools that I needed to accomodate were:
- Grinder
- Drill press
- Spindle sander
- Mini lathe
- Bandsaw
- Tablesaw

I built the bench to hold the grider, drill press, sander and lathe with a spare bay as an ‘assembly station’. I also installed a Delta AP400 dust collector with the hoses running under the worknbench. At each station there is a blast gate mounted flush with the bench and next to the dust collector I have a floor sweep.

I still need to run an auxilaary line to connect on the table saw and planer – once I get one!

Here’s a picture of the bench -

The worbench is 21 3/4” deep, this makes it flush with the door leading into the house. There’s still room a the opposite end to store our lawnmower and access the water heater.

I try not to waste anything in the shop so for the bottom shelves I used random pieces of 2×4’s to create cross-support braces – reminiscent of setting up a waterbed frame in you remember those. Since they won’t be visible they only needed to be functional and not visually pleasing.

Here’s a pic showing one of the supports:

My plan for here is to finish closing in the worbench. I’ll add 2 doors at each bay. For the bottom shelf I’m going to use drawer slides to make a sliding shelf for easier access.

Still to come are a rolling bench to be used as a miter saw staion, possibly with a router table integrated. Once everything is situated this should still leave 1/2 where a car can be parked if needed.

Any comments or suggestions are welcomed and appreciated!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 09:06 PM


This is a nice space. I particularly like the mats in front of the bench. The bench looks pretty solid. I am interested in seeing the finished pictures as well.

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

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 11:23 PM

Looks like it will do the job for sure.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 05:33 AM

Great Tim. Looking great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-27-2008 04:42 PM

Nice work, keep that pics comming.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 02-27-2008 05:14 PM

Looks like you are off to a good start. Looking forward to see the projects that come from all of it .

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 09:21 PM

Great! Good Luck.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 10:36 PM

The bench looks very solid and dependable – just what you need.
I’m jealous of your space – I work in 8’ x 10’ – its good, but I’d look more room.

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