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Workshop by mark76wa posted 03-27-2009 10:37 PM 1408 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My workshop takes up about half of a one car garage. I share the space with bikes, the freezer and general household storage. I’ve traded up from secondhand Shopsmith to free standing machines.
Table Saw
I found a Powermatic 64A at a price I couldn’t pass up so I got it and built a mobile cart. My first version was 8 feet long and could only be used in the driveway so I built a smaller 63” long version. I lost the built in down draft table but it fits cross-ways in my garage. It has a custom drawer on the right side designed to hold saw parts, cubbies to left to store the router/table saw fences when not in use, built in electrical wiring for the saw, router, and dust collection, and a built in out-feed table that also encloses the motor for dust collection. The left wing is a Bench Dog router table with home made router lift from shop notes. I purchased an aftermarket blade guard called the Shark Guard. It collects almost all the dust and is a great addition to my shop. While my saw is on wheels, I have it set up in such a way that I can cut all but a full sheet of ply without having to move it. This allows me to use all my tools with the garage door down year round. As such, I’ve put it up on blocks so it doesn’t move and aligns with my Saw Station.
Saw Station
I modeled my miter-saw station out of Shop Notes. It’s 8 feet long with 5 shelves. The top is wood storage for rough wood, the second is for milled lumber and the third from the top holds my jigs and has cubbies for short scraps. The work bench level has an open work surface with peg board holds general hand tools, my miter saw and my drill press. It is 1/2” lower than the top of my table saw so I can use it to balance long sheets if needed. The open work area is used to put pieces I’m working on. The miter saw in drawer slides so I can move it in and out as needed. There are two dust ports behind it, one that connects to the saw with a 2-1/2” hose and another 4” port intended to catch the rest of the dust. On the right side is my drill press. I cut a whole in the work surface so the post could go through and attached the base underneath. This was the only way to fit it in without loosing storage space above. The post is far enough back so it doesn’t interfere with miter saw. It’s plumbed with dust collection from behind.
Dust collection
My dust collector come in from the left of my table saw and connects to 4” pvc. It goes behind the saw to a junction to a port for my saw wraps around the right side to my overhead dust port. It comes out on the right side and connects to my miter say and drill press. This is done with several blast gates. I have a electronic box that turns it on when my saw comes on. This hose from the collector is fitted with a quick connect and attaches to planer, band saw, and other tools. The unit itself is a second hand ShopSmith that has done the job pretty well so far.
The Rest
The table saw and miter saw station were parts one and two of my shop upgrade. My next step is to make roubo stile workbench and the tool cabinet from Fine Woodworking. I have the wood, oak and walnut, but just need the time. Not pictured is a flip top cart for my planer and belt/spindle sander.
My wall tool cabinet is modeled off of what you see in Wood smith Shop but will be replaced and I noted. Yes that is an Optimums Prime helmet mounted behind my band saw. The only purpose it serves is to make my shop just that much more awesome.

I build a bunch of stuff with my middle and youngest sons. They are 10 and 11 and want to start making YouTube videos. We have a lot of fun building together!

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 11:55 PM

Mark, you have a nice shop space in which to work. It looks like you have organized it well and having a shopsmith puts a number of tools in a relatively small space. I think that it is a great idea to get your son involved in woodworking. That is a wonderful experience for the both of you, I am sure.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 03:44 AM


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#3 posted 03-29-2009 05:37 PM

oooh….that does look like a great router set-up!!! thanks for the PM…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 08:42 AM

Nice workshop…..........

-- mike...............

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