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What one or two things would you want to add to your shop?

by dbhost
posted 04-10-2012 02:30 PM

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 02:37 PM

Bringing in better electric supply would be high on my list. But I’d also like to get a disk/belt sander. Oh yes, and that reminds me, I do need to improve on the dust collection…

When asked how much money was “enough”, Howard Hughes was reported to have answered, “just a little bit more”. So it is with tools…

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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Derek Lyons

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 02:41 PM

Keeping it to physical possibilities: I’d like to rewire it from the ground up and to install some form of heating other than space heaters…

Narrowing it to fiscal possibilities: More storage, and some task lighting. These are both planned for this summer.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 02:44 PM

My shop is 24×14. I would like just an couple extra feet either way. Most of all I would like 2 feet extra ceiling height as I only have 7’ wall height and 8.5 feet to the ridge beam. Other than that I’m as happy as a sand boy!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 02:45 PM

more space!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 02:46 PM

My list is ever changing, but the top contenders are…

More hand planes and sharpening equipment
More drawers
Better heating and air

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 02:49 PM

Square footage…..about double would be nice…until next year….then maybe double again…..oh, the dreams of life.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 02:52 PM

Well yeah…there’s always that. Sometimes I am certain a 100-acre shop still wouldn’t be big enough. Mine is currently 240 sq ft

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 02:56 PM

My basement shop has 8’-8” ceilings, but ducts and pipes get in the way sometimes, especially when dealing with sheet goods.

Given time I can fix, buy, trade or make pretty much what ever else I need.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 02:57 PM

For me it would be a bigger shop since my business is growing and a couple of tools that I don’t have. It will happen it just takes time.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 02:58 PM

A couple thousand bf of hardwood lumber.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 03:04 PM

A retirement check from my daughters.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#12 posted 04-10-2012 03:06 PM

Shaper and an oscillating spindle sander.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 04-10-2012 03:07 PM

Good one crank

You guys have now changed my list again.
It is now square footage and time.

Interestingly, they both only require money to make them happen. Lots and lots of money. Money to build a bigger shop and money that allows me to quit my full-time job.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#14 posted 04-10-2012 03:21 PM

Funny thing is, space isn’t a non issue, but it isn’t my priority. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked. I would love a 2K SQ/FT shop, but this is hobby work / home improvement type stuff I do, I don’t see a huge need… For me it’s all about keeping up the ability to work year round, without impacting the rest of the household.

I picked insulation and electrical because they are in the realm of the not only possible, but on the agenda for this fall… I will most likely epoxy the floor at the same time so I have all the big stuff done.

At 374 sq/ft my shop is not huge, especially when you consider I have a mower, spreader, weed eater, edger, fertilizer, shelves of flower pots and ant baits etc… not to mention bicycles, and shelves of household, and automotive chemicals in there… I need a lawn and garden shed where I store that junk, and one is on the agenda, but that is at least a year, probably 2 away…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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Don W

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#15 posted 04-10-2012 03:31 PM

My shop list needs
an air purifier.
finish insulation in ceiling
floor for attic area.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#16 posted 04-10-2012 03:34 PM

About 200 more square feet!! After the expansion I would like to upsize my little jointer as well as making a permanent place for my planer.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#17 posted 04-10-2012 03:35 PM

After reading all the postings I’m asking for what I need most. I’m retired, I have enough money, tools and wood gotem, space and heat is fine. So you wounder what do I want? My health so I can use that stuff oh but then I’d have to go to work and it sit. Health.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#18 posted 04-10-2012 03:37 PM

For me, a better air cleaner and a real bandsaw, not the silly little Craftsmen 10”. Space at 520 sq. ft. and 10 ft. ceilings is OK. But could always be a little bigger.


-- - Martin

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Jim Bertelson

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#19 posted 04-10-2012 04:02 PM

The first thing I want to add to my shop is ME! I am on a forced march to go live with EMR, and no shop time for a few weeks now. Two more weeks, and then maybe things will loosen up.

Second is a big bandsaw. Just haven’t had the time to make it happen…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#20 posted 04-10-2012 04:24 PM

At 1200 sf, space is not an issue with me. My original layout has not worked out efficiently. I need to rearrange the space I have. My problem is I have too much junk I don’t want to dispose of, but it takes up valuable space. Also my age has slowed me down somewhat. I can’t lift much over 50 lbs anymore.

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#21 posted 04-10-2012 04:32 PM

Hey, for you guys and / or gals that mentioned not liking space heat. How big is your space, and what region are you living in? The reason I ask is my little oil filled radiator works better than fine for me, but I am at 374 sq / ft and living in coastal Texas. I bet those things make a difference!

For spraying, I make a tent sort of like an overglorified photographers light tent made out of PVC pipe and poly tarps… I am just starting out with spraying though. I really SHOULD use my gun in the house more on the paint projects, but I haven’t figured out how to shoot latex yet…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#22 posted 04-10-2012 04:46 PM

Aside from more space, electrical, etc! I’d really like a drum sander.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#23 posted 04-10-2012 04:47 PM

Enough room to organize all my finishing tools and various sandpapers. My shop is in a two car garage, plenty of electricity, plenty of light, plenty of ventilation, just need more room for the finishing process.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#24 posted 04-10-2012 09:05 PM

I would love to get some sort of dust collection system, as I need to keep my house cleaner. Would love to get recommendations of what has worked best for you guys. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#25 posted 04-10-2012 09:19 PM

Better electrical, definitely. After years of an extension cord that I moved from one tool to another, I am finally rewiring my garage this summer to add a subpanel and outlets at multiple places on three walls of the garage. NEC has been studied, parts have been ordered and I (hopefully) will be pulling wires in the next 2 weeks.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#26 posted 04-10-2012 09:52 PM

One or two things? Yeah, I’m gonna throw that suggestion right out the window.

What I have (and would like to upgrade) – A tablesaw, bandsaw, workbench.

What I lack – Good hand saws, drill press, jointer, planer, router table, palm sander, oscillating spindle sander, belt sander, Worksharp 3000 (tricked out ala Stumpy), good set of handplanes, dust collection system, air conditioning to make Texas summers bearable.

What I will probably never have – Enough TIME to myself to finish projects.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#27 posted 04-10-2012 09:53 PM

More space for sure I would love to a separate finish room

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#28 posted 04-10-2012 10:09 PM

When I bought my house the 2 car garage had an industrial heater mounted in the back corner. I did not need to see anything else, but the wife wanted to look at the rest of the house and back yard etc… Shop heats up in about 10 mins.

What I’d like to add is
More time in the shop
A 14” radial arm saw

-- Nicky

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#29 posted 04-11-2012 01:48 AM

I’m pretty happy with my shop. What I really need is a wheel for my butt to get around to all the projects my relatives want.(for free)

-- Life is good.

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#30 posted 04-11-2012 03:09 AM

I would like another wall. My shop is on the porch, with the house on one side, and nothing on the other. Since it’s only eight feet wide, and sixteen feet long, that wall would really be in the way, but the heater might work a little better.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#31 posted 04-11-2012 04:45 AM

well i wanted to upgrade my dust collector…been working on that (its in my projects) next a new jet cabinet more clamps.maby a radial drill press.more clamps. a 20” planer..did i say more clamps?


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#32 posted 04-11-2012 06:08 AM

One more for space. My 250 sq ft is cozy, but crowded at times. Tool/ system wise it would be dust collection.

-- It is what it is...

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#33 posted 04-11-2012 11:17 AM

Good post DBhost!

I too am fairly happy with what I have in the shop. I feel decently equipped for my skill level.

I don’t have a lot on my wish list right now. Just splurged recently on a cabinet saw and really liking that piece of machinery a lot.

Space, heating/cool, and electrical are okay.

I guess the only thing for the moment I may add in the future would be one of those ceiling mounted air cleaners, otherwise I really need to just use effectively what I do have.

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#34 posted 04-11-2012 11:39 AM

The biggest improvements to my shop that I want to make ASAP is to add more room. The first step is to add a storage shed near the shop. It will hold my lumber in racks and will have ample room for jigs and supplies. My shop is small and this will help relieve a lot of pressure as far as room goes. The next increase in room will be to add onto the driveway side of my shop. This would be a 12 foot extension giving me an additional 216 square feet.

As far as machinery goes I want to add a planer ASAP.


-- 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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#35 posted 04-11-2012 12:13 PM


-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#36 posted 04-11-2012 01:55 PM

Great answers folks. I am a bit shocked I haven’t gotten more of the “Scrap it all and fill a huge building with Powermatic” type answers… You guys for the most part really caught the gyst of what I am going for here… Practical ideas that you can actually pull off…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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