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Welcome to my shop. It’s a 20’ x 20’ garage that only sees cars when I’m changing the oil. I upgraded the electrical with multiple 240V and 120V 20A circuits. Next up: improved lighting.

Here’s what I use to make sawdust:


Tablesaw: Laguna Platinum Series 3 hp left tilt cabinet saw with 50” fence. I use Forrest, CMT, and Freud Industrial blades.

Bandsaw: Laguna LT14-SUV, 3 hp Leeson motor, Viking (Timberwolf) blades

Router table: Bench Dog Promax RT cast iron router table with 32” ProFence. DeWalt DW618 2.25 hp router in the table.

Jointer: Grizzly G0490X 8” helical head

Planer: Ridgid 4330 (plan to replace with a 15” spiral head unit)

Drill press: Ridgid DP1550 with shop built table & drawer storage.

Miter saws: DeWalt DWS780 12” slider (Forrest Chopmaster 80T) & DW713 10” CMS

Dust collection: Delta 50-775 1 hp (plan to upgrade to Laguna 2 or 3 hp cyclone)

Air filtration: Laguna Circulator 1400 CFM, 5 micron pre-filter / 1 micron inner filter

Oscillating spindle / belt sander: Ridgid EB4424

Power Tools

DeWalt 20V Max cordless drills, impact drivers, circular saw, etc.
Bosch jigsaw
Ridgid and Bosch ROS
DeWalt DW618 2.25 hp router with three base kit
DeWalt DW611 compact router with fixed & plunge bases
DeWalt sidewinder circular saw
Dremel Multimax and rotary tools

Pneumatic Tools

Makita MAC2400 air compressor, oiled, 4.2 SCFM @ 90 psi
Bostich 18 gauge brad nailer

Hand Tools

Veritas hand planes—BU smoother, LAJ, jointer, scrub, scraping plane, low angle block, router plane
Veritas saws—tenon, carcass, dovetail sets
Wenzloff & Sons half back saw
Pax panel saws—crosscut and rip
Narex chisels (bench, mortise, skew, paring)
Starrett combination and double squares
Mitutoyo digital caliper

To Buy

Dust collector: Laguna 2 or 3 hp cyclone
Planer: 15” helical head

-- John, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 03:35 AM

Love your shop! Jealous of your organization. I’m moving my shop next year and will be so thankful to find a place for everything. Stealing your drill rack idea. What kind of sawdust do you make? Functional? Pretty? A little of everything?

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein.

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 04:26 AM

Thanks Marlys :) mostly functional right now. Let’s just say I have a good relationship with my local Baltic birch plywood supplier. I do aspire to make furniture soon. I have a good,local source for curly maple which I enjoy working with. Right now I am enjoying building shop shelves, storage, etc. I’ll post a quick write up on my drill storage rack in the projects section with some better pics.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 02:48 PM

Thanks for the post about the drill storage rack. Totally missed the circular saw angled rest. Loved your ideas with the magnet to hold it in place. What kind of furniture will you start making? For others or yourself?

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein.

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 04:28 PM

A little of both, I think. I’ve already made a few small things for friends and family. I have a bunch of curly maple that I plan to use to make a new desk for my office. From there, who knows? When I get an idea for a project I jot the idea down, and I have a long list started that will keep me busy for many years :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 06:07 PM

There is very little in that shop that is crying out for upgrades. And even then, not too badly. The Ridgid table saw is spot in, as is the Ridgid planer, drill press, sander etc… I don’t see much in there that isn’t a winner in one way or another…

Some of your choices have smallish capacities, but then again, it all depends on the work you are doing… We all make our tool choices based on our needs, our budgets, our space constraints, and our comfort level with a specific brand or model… And you have some real winners there.

You obviously put some time, and effort into figuring out storage and work space, and your solutions look like real winners to me! I especially like the outfeed / storage cabinet. Gives you plenty of work space, and more than enough storage.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 06:59 PM

It’s a really nice shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- 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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#7 posted 07-17-2012 08:16 PM

Wow that’s a nice shop.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 06:01 AM

You have two great things going for you. No car in the shop and organization. Everything else falls into place…...........

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

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 06:32 AM

Thanks guys. It’s an ongoing journey, that’s for sure!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 12:30 PM

Nice workshop, its so neat and clean!

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#11 posted 08-18-2012 11:24 PM

Very nice workshop…and the neatest, too! I agree that you can’t have enough light and electric outlets. I only put one 240 in my shop and wish I had at least two more. Besides a band-saw and lathe, are you planning to get a miter saw/RAS?

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 08:23 AM

Thanks, Jeff. I do have a miter saw now, but it’s just a 10” non-slider. I plan to add a SCMS at some point. Likely the Kapex or the Bosch 12” glider.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#13 posted 11-10-2012 01:21 PM


You’ve got a pretty well organized set up there, and everything looks spankin’ new. Also being new to WW and a fellow Lower Mainlander, want to ask where you buy your Baltic birch and maple from? I’m out in Tsawwassen but have wagon will travel. I’ve heard Windsor Plywood in Bby, Vanc & Coq have some good hardwoods & such.

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 10:52 PM

Hey Steve, sorry for the late reply, I just saw your question here… I do buy my BB plywood from Windsor, usually the Langley store as it’s closest to me. The Burnaby store has a much bigger selection of everything, though. Prices for ply are good, but you pay through the nose for hardwoods there. I suggest Reimer hardwoods in Abbotsford for hardwoods. Good luck!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 12-21-2012 03:22 AM

Great looking shop. Organized and clean, nice to see more locals on here!

-- - Martin

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