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Update my workshop with some felder equipment in 9/12

There are a few things I’ve done that I really like and I would do over again. And a few things I would do differently. I guess this is the forum to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most of the ideas listed below were developed while I was working in a 2 car garage. I was fortunate enough to build a larger garage and incorporate many of the ideas. Setting up a shop is more of a continuous journey and not a discrete event. I’ll never be done. There is always something else I need (want) and something I need to sell.

The pics can be seen at “my workshop”

The good -

Position the saws, planer, jointer, shaper so the outfeed is in front of the garage door and you won’t lose valuable working space.. I realize this only works when the weather is nice and you have a large garage door to point them at.

Make a covered patio and supply electricity to it. It’s nice to work outside in the shade and it’s healthier too. Clean-up is easy with a leaf blower.

Put skylights in the shop to let in natural light. Supplement with a lot of T8 florescent lights

Make dedicated cabinets to hold items. e.g. plane cabinet, sanding cabinet, drill cabinet. ...

Learn how to make customized dust collection fittings. it will save you a bunch of money.

Mount your dust collector and compressor outside (if possible). They take up floor space and are noisy.

Put dust collection floor sweeps in the corners and blow the dust from one end of the shop to the other.

Plumb in a lot of electrical outlets (inside and outside) and install airlines to get to the major areas.

If you have both a radial arm saw and the miter saw build them on the same platform to reduce space.

Put equipment on good castors to move it easily.

The bad (what I regret):

I wish I would have put the dust collection piping and some electrical outlets in the floor. It would look nicer and be safer to work around.

Don’t install too many windows because they take up valuable wall space.

I would consider having a wood floor because it would be more comfortable than standing on concrete. I don’t have any experience with wood floors and I’m not sure they would withstand the weight of some of my tools.

I wish I would have purchased a 3 phase rotary converter and purchased 3 phase equipment. I believe three phase is less expensive and better than single phase. Higher end equipment is made with three phase power and it can be cheaper than single phase.

I made an office that I really don’t use. I would rather have the shop floor space.

Before I acquired some of the bigger tools there was enough room to park a car in the shop. Now I regret allowing a car there because my wife thinks it’s her parking space.

The ugly:

Don’t use the rubber flooring that I used. It shows all tracks and never looks good. I would use epoxy with sand next time.

I hope this helps.

Made some dust collection fittings. Dust collection on jds Multi router before video

After video

Update on 10/2013. Used a clear view mini to separate the small stuff from the big stuff.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.


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Toolz

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#1 posted 1045 days ago

Great looking shop!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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RONFINCH

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#2 posted 1045 days ago

SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1045 days ago

This was well worth a second look. I simply can’t think of anything to add from my previous comments about your shop space. I would enjoy working in there so I am sure that you do.

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

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DamnYankee

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#4 posted 1045 days ago

If I hd that shop I think I’d quite my day job and never leave.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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juniorjock

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#5 posted 1045 days ago

Daaayyyuuummm….. Looks like one of the ultimate shops. If you get a chance, give us some info (size and stuff like that).

- JJ

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Splinterman

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#6 posted 1045 days ago

“Outstanding”.

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redryder

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#7 posted 1045 days ago

Nobody likes a show off. Great shop….....

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

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mbs

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#8 posted 1044 days ago

Here’s the info you asked for:

The shop is 32’ by 48’ with 10’ ceilings and a 16’ by 16’ covered patio where I like to sand and do router work. It’s insulated, drywalled, textured and painted. I also made an office but it primarily functions as a changing room for my other hobby – dirt bike riding. I still have enough room for a car without taking away from woodworking space. There are eight 2’ by 4’ skylights which provide enough natural light that I rarely turn on the flourescent lights during the daytime.

Before I built this shop I had the tools in a 3 car garage. Rather than placing the table saw in the center of the garage, I put the table saw/shaper, jointer and planer in front of the garage door so I could use the car port as thart of the tools working envelope. I liked this trick so much I did the same thing in the shop I built.

The 5hp clearview dust collector and a 5hp compressor are mounted outside the shop to save space and keep it quiet inside (one of my older pictures shows the compressor inside the shop). The dust collector discharges to the forest so I dont need a filter. Copper airlines run throughout the shop so I can get to just about everywhere without dragging a hose around. I installed one hose reel above the table saw that extends to the outside patio.

There are 4 cabinets like the plane cabinet shown in the picture. One holds all my sanding supplies, one holds all my portable drills/nailers/ and small corded tools, one holds wrenches,sockets and krieg tools. I also have a large roll-away that holds pliers, screwdrivers, drill bits, router accessories, ect.

There are two workbenches. One is an assembly/finish bench that has wood storage underneath. The other is a sjoberg 6’ bench. I made a workbench which I showed in my gallery but its in my garage. I will put it in my shop when I get around to it.

Almost all my tools are purchased 2nd hand. Most of the floor tools are made by Delta (not shown – lather, scroll saw and shaper). I bought them second hand 20 years ago from a guy that set up a shop and never used them. My non-Delta tools are a two Powermatic sanders, a Rikon bandsaw, a makita chopsaw and a multi-router. Most of my older hand power tools are porter cable with a splash of milwaukee, makita and bosch. My newer power tools are made by festool.

I did a lot of research on different types of floor coverings (epoxy, paint, rubber, mats…) I went with a rubber floor that is a beige color. It was pretty expensive but the manufacturer said it wouldnt show any prints and cleaned up well. I hate it! the floor shows ever spec of dirt/dust and, for some reason, the rubber floor chemically reacts with tires so it has permanent tire marks it it! I would go with speckled epoxy next time.

Thanks for looking.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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jm82435

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#9 posted 1021 days ago

yeah… I am fighting the jealous urge to just say: “oooh – you suck!”
thou shalt not covet… thou shalt not covet… thou…

Congratulations. You have a beautiful shop; it must be a joy to work in!

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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NH_Hermit

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#10 posted 1021 days ago

OK, this intimidates me too much for me to show mine.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 700 days ago

Nice looking workshop!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bertha

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#12 posted 669 days ago

Nicest shop I’ve seen in a long time. You need to post new pics with your Felders!
How do you like that LN scraper plane?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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mbs

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#13 posted 669 days ago

Bertha,

Truth be told, the place is a bit of a mess. I found a camera angle that showed the Felder but hid the mess.

The workbench is full of parts that I haven’f figured out what I’ll use them for. I need to build racks to store the accessories. My unisaw and shaper are pushed up against the wall while i figure out if I like the Felder or not. I have walnut stacked up around the inside perimeter of the shop because I ran out of room on my lumber racks. My Rikon bandsaw is sitting in the middle of the floor. I haven’t decided if I will keep it or not. I have a home made panel saw that I use once a year at most that needs to go too. I have a good week of work in the shop to get it picture ready.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 668 days ago

You have a fine shop. It would be a pleasure to work in a shop like that.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dave T

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#15 posted 668 days ago

Wow, that’s an awesome space. Very well setup and I love the exterior

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