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My shop is in the small basement under our 1906 house in the Highlands. Damp old brick foundations, leaky pipes, and one sad light bulb and one electrical outlet, plus a lot of old, stored junk made it a pretty terrible place when we first moved in.

Since then we’ve moved the original washer and dryer upstairs (technically to make them more accessible, but also making room for the utility sink and router table… nice side benefit!), added new circuits and lighting, and increased the airflow and insulated the perimeter walls. Now it’s quite comfortable to the point where even the dogs come down and visit me!

Current tools and features:
  • Tablesaw: It’s a Delta 36-979 left tilt contractor saw with the Delta fence. I got it on Craig’s List for about $300 still packed in the original box. It’s been a saga (the first two or three were not assembled or machined right, so there was a lot of shipping back and forth with me and Delta, and me carrying it up and down some narrow basement steps) but it’s a fantastic piece of equipment. A few of the accessories that I have for it and really like: A zero clearance plate made from the Fine Woodworking article, a MagSwitch feather-board, the Grrr-Ripper push/support block, and the Forrest WWII blade that makes fantastic cuts.
  • Bandsaw: A Delta 10” that I received when my father in law upgraded his. Price was right (free!) and it does good duty for my current needs, including cutting rawhides in half for the dogs. It’s their favorite machine, actually. I turn on anything else and they run. I turn it on and they sit and look hopeful (see the picture for proof)
  • Lathe: A Jet Mini that Patty, my lovely wife who supports my desire for tools and toys, got me for Christmas a few years ago.
  • Drill Press: A Delta ShopMaster DP400, also a Craig’s list buy. Guy was a motorcycle machinist so it took a lot of kerosene to get all the grease off of it, but it does a great job for me. The chuck has some issues (I think there’s some grit in the mechanism) so I’ll likely replace with a keyless one sometime soon.
  • Grinder: A 3/4 HP Delta slow speed (1800rpm) grinder, for the lathe tools. Sitting on the stand I made for it before I realized the tablesaw (number one of three, see the saga, above) was completely out of alignment, but hey, it works pretty well despite that
  • Router Table: My splurge. I got a bonus at the end of the year and used part of it for this. Went with the “buy it once, use it forever” logic. It’s a Woodpecker 24×36 table with the PRL-2 lift and the Porter Cable 7518 motor. That’s the Woodpecker superfence with the one adjustable side for “jointer mode”. Haven’t really put it all through the paces yet, but I like it. A lot!
  • Utility Sink: Not something usually featured, but going a few months having to go upstairs and use the kitchen sink, this is a great new addition. It’s using a Liberty 404 greywater pump to move the waste up into the sewer line.
  • Air Cleaner: How did I live without this? It’s a JET AFS-1000 with the remote and timer. I’d like to upgrade to the washable primary filter since it collects so much dust that isn’t going in my lungs anymore.
  • Workbench: The simplest knockdown 2×4 bench plan I could find a few years ago. 2×3/4” MDF top makes it pretty sturdy. Once of these days I’ll make my own REAL woodworking bench
  • Lumber Rack: Just put this one up, based on DGunn’s Lumber Rack project which is how I found Lumberjocks in the first place

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 03:17 AM

Hey Todd,
Nice cosy set-up you have there and some great toys…well done.

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 01:08 PM

Todd, this looks like a pretty nice shop that you have to work in. Painting the walls white was a good idea in that I am sure it helps with brightening up the shop. You have a done a pretty good job of organizing your shop and made effective use of the space that you have to work with.

Thanks for the tour.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 03:28 AM

Nice shop Todd, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 04:20 PM

Nice setup for the space. The lumber rack looks solid. Thanks Todd.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 04:24 PM

Thanks Jason, I see you’re in the Springs. Not SO close but we should get together and make some sawdust sometime (I’m up in the center of Denver)

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 04:19 AM

Being Todd’s neighbor, I’ve seen his shop on more than one occassion, and put a few of his tools to use as well.

I can honestly say that I hope my shop is as well laid-out and organized as this one is. It’s a prudent use of space and his dust collection setup is definitely worth studying. With that being said, I’d like to put a request in for some updated shop photos with the dust collection setup so others my benefit from being able to see it as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 04:20 AM

Todd, thats a nice shop.

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#8 posted 12-14-2010 05:43 AM

Good looking shop Todd, how do the floor mats work for you? Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#9 posted 12-14-2010 05:41 PM

Hi Steve,

I REALLY like them. I picked them up at Sam’s Club. They’re the ones targeted at restaurant kitchens. They’re thicker than what you generally see in WW magazines (you can still see the green areas that are those other “foamy” mats stacked 2x on top of each other).

The holes allow the sawdust to settle in without making them slick. They are also everything-proof. When it’s time to get rid of the dust, it’s just a pass with the vacuum and they’re all clear. I think I paid ~$20-25 per square. The edges also interlock, which makes them stay in place (although they’re pretty heavy on their own).

While I’d love to put in the all plywood floors shown in last month’s FWW, I can’t spare the headroom, don’t need the expense, and these work great!

I DID cut some small holes in them so the tool legs could sit on solid ground (the lathe for example). Was easy with a sharp razor blade and a few passes.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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