|Workshop by sras||posted 12-30-2009 12:45 AM||2215 reads||0 times favorited||16 comments|
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Okay – I wanted to wait until I cleaned it up, but I guess that is not likely to happen. So here it is – mess and all.
First, my shop is a room off the back of the garage. It is about 15’x24’ with a 10’ ceiling. The walls are insulated and the doors are weatherstripped, but no heat. Only on the really cold days do I run the electric space heater. The windows do not open – an oversight I think. The plus side is that the room can be very airtight which makes dust control manageable when applying finish.
On to the photos…
1st photo: Lots of stuff here…
We’ll start at the lumber rack. This is my solution to lumber storage. Long lumber on top, sheet stock on the left, shorter boards in the middle. On the left end of the bottom shelf you can see my stack of shorter pieces. The tiny stuff is in the box directly below that.
The closet on the right holds my dust collection system. The switch turns the blower on/off. I have 4 inch ducts routed under the floor. There are inlets centered on the 3 remaining walls and 3 in the floor. The filters clean up any exhaust air before re-entering the room.
Below the lumber is my air compressor. You can see a hose running up to a wall inlet. I have 3/4” black pipe running to several outlets in the shop (plus one in the garage).
2nd photo: Not as much here
To the left of the lumber rack wall is the doorway between the garage and shop. To the right of the door, there is capped piece of plastic pipe. This is pass through I put in when I was using some finish with a lot of bad fumes. I used a forced air ventilaiton suit and set the pump in the garage. Not sure when I’ll use it next, but it was great for keeping me supplied with fresh air.
One of the things I like best as a shop feature is the tub sink. Keeps the sink in the house clean – this one is a mess! The cabinet was a weekend project of laminated MDF and fir trim.
Next to the sink is my crosscut sled. This is a project that I just finished recently. I plan on posting project details in the future (posted here).
Saw blade clock, pencil sharpener and old draw knife are the remaining details. The draw knife is from my grandfather’s Iowa farm.
3rd photo: On to some hardware
Grizzly 1023L table saw, Jet 14” bandsaw and ShopSmith Mark V are the main elements here. I used the ShopSmith as my table saw from 1982 until this year. I figured after 27 years, I was entitled to an upgrade. I’ll keep it for the rest of its features. Grizzly tenoning jig on the saw and an outfeed table behind it (another future project posting). Tall fence on the extension table. I built that to be able to modify the lazy susan I worked on earlier this year. The chalkboard was a rummage sale purchase for $3. Have not used it as much as I thought, but it looks good.
Just to the left of the photo collage is an outlet for compressed air.
4th photo: Workbench
The workbench is 15-20 years old. I had intended to add drawers, slide out shelves and doors underneath but have not gotten around to it. If you think that is bad, wait until you see my router table! The tool cabinet is equally old – I think I made it the year before. Mortiser on the bench and scroll saw on the left side. A lot of tools piled up underneath – kind of embarassing. I have limited hobby time and choose to make projects rather than organize… There is another compressed air outlet on the wall and a co-ax jack in the corner (for a TV someday).
5th photo: Clamps & tools
On the right is my clamp storage. I have a lot of spring clamps that I justified buying when I built a cedar stip kayak. Some forms from the kayak project are below the clamps. In the center of the pic is my “crude but effective” router table. This thing deserves a project posting. I threw it together 27 years ago when I needed a way to hold my router. I thought I would build a good one later – I guess later is still in the future. Another compressed air outlet next to the door.
Update: I have started a shop blog that will track updates and changes. You can find it here .
-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive