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Kingsville, Tx
United States

107 square feet of mid-apartment spare bedroom. It’s just enough space for my tablesaw and workbench with a hanging tool cabinet, miter saw in a dust hood, and the HF dust collector wedged in the closet with a furnace filter installed in the door.

I laid particle board down on the floor to protect the carpeting. For lack of floorspace I decided to build up. Dust control was an important consideration forcing me to build a hood for my miter saw. When not actually in use it sits on my scrap box. With the saw out of the way I can use the hood for sanding projects. Instead of a single dust port behind the saw area I opted for a long slot along the base. The false back in the dust hood acts as a plenum. Dust is either sucked straight through the slot or it settles and I sweep it in with my hand. Since the DC and hood are both hooked up to my DC without blast gates, I seal the hood when I use the tablesaw with a piece of 3/4” ply across the slot. The slot is hidden behind the plywood strip in the pictures. As for the closet, I had to figure a way for the air sucked into the dust collector to escape the closet. I figured a vent would be best, but while I was at it I might as well put a filter in there. Running my dust collector acts as a whole shop filter. Even if I’m pulling only half the rated volume through the DC, it still turns my shop over once every hour. That’s not a whole lot as far as filters go but it’s not too shabby in a 10×10 room. Having the DC in the closet insulates the noise. It’s quite barable to work in there.

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 04:47 PM

Great compact shop. Have fun and show us some projects.

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 04:53 PM

You say you’re in an APARTMENT? Wow, good for you!
Do the neighbors complain about the noise of the powertools?

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 11:56 PM

Thankfully there havn’t been any complaints. My apartment is more of a townhouse without a garage. I talked to one of the maintenance guys who told me all the walls between apartments are two sheets of sheetrock, plus the air space, and then two sheets of sheetrock so there’s a fair amount of material between units. On top of that, I picked the most interior bedroom…on one side is the staircase downstairs, on the other is another bedroom, and the hallway stands between my shop and the master/master bath. There’s a number of separate air spaces between my neighbors and my shop and the only single wall is an exterior one. My unit faces the highway so over the road noise you can’t hear anything else anyway. I’m up at all hours and I routinely work until midnight. Even with the dust collector running and the table saw on, you cant hear a thing outside. So far so good!

Everything I have is on wheels. i’ve got a small project bench that I can glue up panels on and the whole thing fits under my main workbench. I’ll wheel everything away, put the TS where I need it to make the cuts I have to make, and then wheel out the assembly table, glue up panels, and then wheel the project bench with the panel on it right back under my workbench out of the way. I’m only limited by the length of pieces I can work with…4’ panels are about as far as I go on the tablesaw in such a small room. For longer boards, I cut them down to size on the miter saw and any excess length extends right out the door into the hallway.

The only problem I havn’t figured out is how to plane rough lumber but I guess that’s ok because I dont have a planer yet. I’m really leaning towards the dewalt 735 but the biggest drawback is the availability of rough lumber. I’m wayy down here on the Gulf coast of Texas about 140 miles north of Mexico. The nearest decent city is Corpus Christi but they dont have much. San Antonio is a good 2.25 hours and Houston is 3+. I guess if I had to tackle that problem I would probobly set the planer up in the hallway but at that point I would worry about the noise. I guess I could plane small 4.5’ sections in the shop…Do you think that would limit the projects I could build? I’ve never owned a planer before so I’m not sure on the feasibility…

The next thing on the list is a benchtop drill press, followed by the Grizzly G0555LX, and then the dewalt 735.

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