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I just had this shop built, and wired it myself. This was my first attempt at wiring like this. I ran a 100 amp panel, 220, 12 position set up. I have 3 8 foot tubes up top and a 4 footer over each workbench.

I am a young’un, with regards to woodworking (with a grandchild on the way I am sadly not chronologically youthful, though). I used to do some a few years back, but I am ready to get back into it again. So here is my 1 month old woodshop. It is nicer then the garage I used to use. It’s not much, but it is my little slice of “get the hell out of my kitchen!”

So since I have had some questions asked, I should share a bit more. I have a Ridgid TS3650 for cutting chores, with the herculift system. It is great to have such an easy way to move the saw for cleaning, or if i just need some more space in my small shop. I use Forrest blades for my finer woodworking, and currently just use the stock blade for MDF work (although I am looking into a new blade for MDF work). I have built a router table into the extension table area, giving me a larger work surface for the saw, and the use of my saw fence for my router fence. I built a nice slip piece that goes over the saw fence to use on the router side of it.

Router Fence

This is it initially. I have since added some T-tracks to it, as well as enclosing the rear and adding a chute for my “dust collection system”, but it gives you an idea of what I did. The enclosing of the rear space works amazingly well. The router is one of 2 DeWalt DW625 3 HP plunge routers, so the table has a ton of HP on tap. I also have a 12” Portable Delta 22-540 planer I got for fixing a guy’s riding mower. It works pretty dang well for me, and is definitely worth the time and money it cost me to fix his mower. I need to work a chute up on this for my “dust collection system” as well. I also use Makita cordless drills, an antique Skil circular saw (every bit of this old girl is made from steel, it was my grandfathers and it still works incredibly well), and various other sanders and odd tools I can’t recall off the top of my head. I have 6 or 7 tool boxes under my bench full of hand tools as well. I also have a HF 21 gallon compressor and various brand pneumatics at home (all Ingersol Rand at work though).

My “dust collection system” at this point is just my large Ridgid Shop Vac. It is a 2 1/2 inch tube, so it fits the chute that comes on my saw so it works well for me now. I am going ahead and building my version of the Thein Cyclone system to aid in dust collection. No, it isn’t much, but you know what? It really does everything I need it to. Being that I work with a lot of MDF (as a speaker builder) and it works for me, I think that says a lot.

Future? Drill press is the next purchase. I want to start doing some mission style furniture and a DP is a must. I also want a band saw, and I would like to try my hand at turning, so a lathe may be coming soon too.

The shop is 12X24, so it is small but it is dedicated. It is my new little slice of heaven. But being so small everything I add really steals valuable space. As I go I need to work the space to be more organized, that is for sure. I have a ton of cherry wood I have recently acquired and it takes up a lot of space as well so this is a bigger challenge now.

Thanks for looking.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 05:54 AM

Nice shop with some good tools too.

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 07:42 AM

Nice shop.

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 04:10 PM

I’d love some details on the shop, like size and all. Also what plans do you have moving forward? Insulation? Heat? Cooling? Dust Collection?

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 10:39 PM

DB, pretty small, 300 sq feet, but it is dedicated space. I plan on adding a window air conditioner (built in to the wall, so it is a “permanent” fixture) and a blue flame heater I will feed propane from the LP line I heat my house with. Insulation soon to follow. Dust collection is simple, a large Ridgid shop vac, as it fits my saw chute (2 1/2”), and I built a chute into the router fence. I am incorporating it into equipment as I go… I need to get it built into the planer (just a 12” delta portable I got for fixing a guy’s mower) as that is a shavings happy unit.

And tools… I am a mechanic, so I am a tool hound. I have roughly $80K in automotive tools, from hand tools to pneumatics, to diagnostic equipment, to storage. I spend about 2-3 grand a year on average. So I plan on doing some more tooling I have a 20 gallon/120PSI compressor, and I am looking at HVLP paint, with a small booth outside the shop (actually I have spoken with a friend of mine who does auto body and I am contemplating doing a lean to, encasing it in plastic with 4 vents using a topdraft, and painting cars as I also restore cars for a goof). I also want to get a good freestanding drill press pretty quickly as I want to start doing some mortise and tenon joinery for some mission style furniture… a bed for one, and an entertainment center for another… Also a band saw, also a freestander, as I have seen some neat stuff done on them. After that, I want to maybe try my hand at turning, but those are the future.

Just last year I was diagnosed with 4th stage colon cancer and told I would likely not last the year. After surviving that (no cancer detected in my CAT and PET scans 2 months ago), I feel inclined to take up the things I enjoy with fervor, so I will be doing a lot of woodworking here in the near future.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 10:57 PM

Nice workshop!

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 10:13 AM

Hey Sandy,
Coming along nicely….good job and sweet tools.

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 05:16 PM

I am only a 73.75 sq/ft larger than your shop. And not dedicated I share it with WAY too much stuff… I am working like a lunatic to make it a dedicated space though. 300 sq/ft of dedicated space, not attached to the house, with everything else I have done for my shop would be a dream come true!
Read my blog entry on air conditioning a windowless garage workshop for info on insulation. It’s critical.
Not sure what a “Blue Flame” heater is though… I am using a Mr. Heater Portable Buddy 8K BTU unit. It is enough to chase the chill away…

Read up on my shop post about the Thien cyclone. That planer is going to choke that Shop Vac in nothing flat. A Thein Cyclone in line before it will get you a LOT more capacity, not to mention keeping the filter clean longer so you don’t lose suction.

I started out as a mechanic, and yeah, I have a good investment in high end professional automotive tools from the best names in the business. Snap On, Mac, Matco etc… And if you make your living working with your tools, there is no sense in buying anything less than the best. In some circumstances though, even in that field, there are some tools that are used so infrequently, or are so basic (pry bars are an example) where the cheapies are every bit as useful as the top dollar ones. FWIW, I gave up spinning wrenches after I moved from Arizona where shops were cooled with swamp coolers, to Houston, where shops aren’t cooled at all, and every single shop manager / owner I worked for was a crook… (I am sure there are good shops in Houston, just the ones I worked at were run by people that should be in jail…)

On the cancer issue. I am happy to see you are in remission (not sure if I spelled that right). I recently lost my sister in law to breast cancer, and have a couple of good friends in treatment for various cancers. Your case offers up a little hope. I must say cancer or not, to live your life to the best of your ability is always great advice!

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 02:10 AM

Thanks DB, I actually did read up on the Cyclone on your page yesterday, and snagged a 5 gallon bucket from work today to make one. I appreciate the lead. I have looked at similar units at Woodcraft and considered making my own, but was concerned about losing suction and more importantly if they were of any value at all. After reading your input I decided to give it a go.

As far as the AC, as a tech who does AC I understand the necessities of moisture removal and insulation. While I am aware I will not gain all the benefits if I am uninsulated at first, being that the shop sits in the shade for the majority of the day (by about 11AM it hits the shade), and I do have Thermo-Block on the ceiling, I will gain some benefit… the biggest being dehumidification. I live in the southeast now and humidity is just abysmal.

Here it is before paint, at about 1 in the afternoon… you can see the sun in the background, and that it doesn’t touch the building at all. It was placed there for a reason… Shop

Blueflame heaters are more efficient then they suggest. A buddy of mine has about 650 Sq Ft and uses this linked heater and it drives you out of the shop in the middle of winter. Of course, he is insulated and drywalled (a really nice, well equipped shop).

Never been in a cooled shop. I worked as a wrench in Buffalo, NY, San Diego, and Orange County, CA, and now in Greensboro, NC. The heat and humidity here are just amazing. The desert (So Cal) was always perfect, and Buffalo was snow and rust. The vast majority of my tools are MAC, my pneumatics are almost all Ingersol Rand, and I use Fluke meters and leads.

My family is glad I am in remission right now as well, thanks. Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to your family. As far as your friends, there is always hope. My case was almost “hopeless” just 8 short months ago. I was wheelchair bound and bed ridden, a skeletal 6’1” and 168, down from a 230 # guy who was physically fit (Bowflex work well, even for us old fellas). Now I am back to work full time, with some limitations of course, but I am back to being the biggest earner in the shop. I am back up to 200#s again and have most of my stamina back. I believe it all has to do with attitude and prayer. On that note, I will remember to keep your friends in my prayers.

Take care and thanks for looking, and for the advice!

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#9 posted 06-14-2010 06:37 AM

Great shop!

That gives me an idea on getting out of the garrage.

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 06:13 AM

Great looking space for making sawdust, didn’t see much of it, good job, Steve in Oregon

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