slydog's Workshop

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Workshop by slydog posted 05-24-2014 08:03 PM 1826 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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A two car garage which has to remain available to house 1 car, meaning I get 1 bay for all of my workshop and can spill into the other for short periods of time.

My key pieces are:

1. a Sears radial arm saw (circa 1970’s) that I bought from my Uncle.
2. a Grizzly 220v table saw – the workhorse, if you will, that does all of the bulk and big cuts.
3. a Grizzly router table
4. A Grizzly Floor Drill Press – extremely useful when you want that perfect hole!

I’ve a number of other pieces of equipment, but they get used sporadically: scroll-saw, jointer/planer, bandsaw, wood shaper, 15” Grizzly planer, Mitre Saw.

The brands I’ve tended toward (sans buying equipment from my Uncle, which were generally Sear’s Craftsmen circa 1970) has been Grizzly, DeWalt, Milwaukee.

The best planer I’ve found of use is a hand planer by DeWalt.

The majority of my equipment are on wheels so that I can pull them out or tuck them away.

I’ll try to show in my photos, how the wood supply is setup. I’ve basically, a few bins (ahead of where the car parks) for the various scrap pieces and a series of shelves for the larger scale stock. I initially tried a side-by-side- arrangement, but found the boards warped too often. The shelving arrangement has worked better.

A real problem I’ve had to deal with here in the Houston area is high humidity (compared to Oregon where I grew up), so everything rusts. I’ve tried to combat that with silicon/oil or just plain usage of the equipment. PLUS covering everything!

-- slydog, Houston

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#1 posted 05-24-2014 08:49 PM

Shop looks good and you’ve got a nice group of machines to use. I built an attached shop off of my garage with a wood floor. I have not had any problem with rust since then. The temp stays more constant in there. Used to use the garage as you’ve described. Perhaps you could put a room AC in ther and keep the door closed most of the time to combat condensation.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 05-25-2014 02:55 PM

Welcome my friend. It was nice to get together. Next time we can talk more shop!

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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