|Workshop by sandt38||posted 06-10-2010 05:50 AM||1261 reads||0 times favorited||10 comments|
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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.
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.