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Workshop by jamsomito posted 03-19-2018 03:06 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Here’s my humble shop. It’s a 6ft x 7.5ft nook in the back corner of my garage. As I’ve acquired the essential stationary tools it’s slowly crept out the sides and down the walls a bit, but I don’t expect to outgrow the “expanded” size I have now as this still primarily serves as a garage for our family. The expanded size is more like 11ft x 7.5ft with a 2ft x 8ft strip down the window wall and 3ft x 5ft section of the raised concrete pad along the back wall. So all in all about 115 square feet.

The house is raised up a bit from grade which is nice because the ceiling level in the garage is the same as in the house. There are a couple steps coming down into the garage from the house, so it leaves my ceilings at about 9.5 feet. I am using all of this height for lumber storage, etc. It’s actually very open to work in because of the high ceilings, and when I’m working with big stock, I can just back one car out of the garage and have a full 20ft behind me at the table saw, or for misc big glue-ups, etc.

I positioned the table saw so the wing extends over the raised concrete pad – I never use the whole 50” capacity of the fence. I can get about 24” capacity before the outfeed hits the wall, and I have never actually needed more than this. The outfeed is a full 8ft 3 inches to the back wall, so I have never had a situation where I’ve had to move the saw. It’s ideal. However, if I have to, I can always wheel it around.

Even the band saw has plenty of outfeed and I can use it without moving it most of the time for the types of things I make. It’s about a foot and a half behind the saw to the window. The mobile base makes it easy to move if needed though, and I have. Really not a better spot for this machine.

I started from a drywalled but unfinished garage. It was ugly. Half the lights worked. I mudded the joints and painted everything, then added the cantilevered shelves per the Wood Whisperer’s design (I think it’s his but I’ve seen lots of implementations of this). It’s crazy strong. Really happy with this. Added 100W equivalent 5000k LED lamps to the simple sockets on the ceiling and along with the white paint really brightened up the shop. Hard to tell in some of the photos because during the day I don’t need them on. But at night it’s as good as or brighter than daylight. Love it.

I made a scaled drawing with little cut-out scaled shapes of tools to draw out how the shop would all fit together. It was literally a puzzle getting everything situated properly. This part was a lot of fun, and I’m happy with how everything is fitting together. I also really like the challenge of making the most of small spaces.

Future miter saw station plans. Might shift it left or right a foot or two inside the cabinet depending on how much clearance there is to work with the table saw where it is. Would like to leave 8ft to the wall on the right-hand side if I can, but we’ll see when I get to it.

I’m using a kitchen island that my dad made for me and my wife in our first apartment when we had no counter space. I hate that I’m beating it up, but there just wasn’t a place for it in the house, so it is now my work bench. I cherish this piece. Eventually I’ll build a more substantial workbench with a nice vice and this will become strictly outfeed / assembly, but it’s already really heavy and sturdy.

Now that I’m a bit more serious about the hobby, I really want to get dust under control. I wanted to wait until the whole shop was built out to post it, but my goal now is saving my pennies for a ClearVue CV1800. I plan to put it in a shed directly out back and pipe it through the back wall. I can run 6” pipe through the miter saw station to the band saw, then up and over to the table saw. In the meantime I will get a wynn filter for my HF unit because anything is better than nothing, and I can re-use that filter on the CV1800 to save some costs on that purchase when the time comes (or use it as a shop air cleaner and just get the 2 the come with the unit).

Before I can do that though, the garage is only on a single 15A breaker and I can’t even run the table saw and shop vac at the same time, so a permit and a subpanel is in the works also. There is an old hot tub pad out back already wired with 50A 240V, so I will just extend that a few feet through the back wall into the shop. I lucked out there, that’s as cheap as a subpanel will get!

So it will be at least a couple years until I tackle my dust collection issues and can continue building out the shop. Till then, this is what I got. It’s not much, but it’s mine :). Kudos if you read this far. Any comments and critiques welcome.

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#1 posted 03-19-2018 06:18 PM

Great use of space and some good tools! thanks for showing…

-- Mike

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 04:27 PM

I hope you’re able to add the subpanel and some circuits soon. Once you have that, you’ll be able to get going with the rest of the project. Nice job figuring out the puzzle for puttinng ten pounds in a five pound sack!

-- A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown

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