My Shop Overhaul

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 05-13-2015 09:14 PM 2860 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What you can do in a small space depends on how you use it. Mine is the square footage of about the size of a one car garage except it’s almost square. That’s not a lot but given I have a huge barn to store extra lumber and my planer—it works.

But this is only the beginning of my refurbishing project. I’ve plans for seven separate storage cabinets fitting into each open space, under and over machines, which I will begin next week.

The greatest upgrade was the 2hp Grizzly dust collection system. Shop vacs were killing me. I have one section yet to add where there’s a cap off. This will be another sanding booth. The only thing I’ll use the shop vac for is what the Grizzly DC doesn’t get.

Have a good day

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 05-13-2015 11:32 PM

How do you like the Grizzly dust collection? I have an old delta 1/2 hp from HD that I got 10-11 years ago, which I recently outfitted with a 3 micro filter. Now it can’t even pull chip out of my lunchbox planer.

I love the ducting for the dust collection, looks like a great job. Nice work.

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 01:45 AM

That looks like one optimized shop area – well done.

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 02:09 AM

Thanks guys. Kennymac so far what I’ve done it’s been great at at all stations. I was extra impressed that it was capturing most of the dust at my sander stations, one a downdraft table. Probably could open two blast gates at a time but I want it taking all it can. Made the thein style separator to collect the heavy stuff but this 2hp version comes with 2.5 micron filter. That I will also upgrade as money allows. I will find out more in the coming weeks when I build the shop cabinets. After that I will begin another project of kitchen cabinets at our home, approx 24 ft of cabinets plus appliances. There will also be a large island/bar. This project will be with some hardwood—still undecided on the species.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 10:52 AM

I really like your set up Mike. Can I ask how big your shop is> Looks like you have a good amount of space and your machines are nice and tidy.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 01:18 PM

You have a nice setup. You still have some unused wall space and you could also create some storage space under your router table and out feed table. Your shop is looking really good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-14-2015 05:19 PM

Grant—I believe my shop is about 15ft x 16ft. Pictures often don’t tell the real story. There’s plenty of dust still around from before my dust collection was installed. But you know there’s always going to be situations when dust doesn’t get collected. The goal is to minimize it.

Charles—that is the plan. I really have no choice but do what you said since many of my tools are not in the shop at the moment. Running after something is already a pain. I’ll be glad when there’s a place for them again. I actually picked up some lumber today to get started on those cabinets. Nothing expensive but will work in a shop.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#7 posted 05-14-2015 06:51 PM

Very nice system, I can see you have put many hours into this project.
I have an eight inch dryer flex going from the top where your filter is and through the wall into a eight inch flap gate and all the fine dust goes outside where it cannot get into me.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 05-15-2015 01:57 AM

Hey exelectrian I really thought about that but after reading about filtering through the wall with various thoughts on it I decided not to. Seems most feared the DC system running outside would pull too much air along with it. Living in the south I sure don’t need to lose cool air conditioning during the summer. Probably purchase a WINN cartridge filter soon.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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