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Manitario

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781 days ago

It seems like every project I realize that I need to make a new jig or that my workshop could use some other sort of improvement to improve efficiency/safety/increase storage space etc. I’ve had a bunch of stuff to build for my new house, so the shop projects have been sorely neglected. Recently I made a list, of which I hope to tackle at least one shop project between each house project. What shop projects are on your list?
Here’s mine:
-cross cut sled for TS
-improve overhead DC for TS
-base for drill press with storage for drill bits/accessories
-new mobile base for planer
-hand tool cabinet

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil


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kaschimer

89 posts in 891 days


#1 posted 781 days ago

- Whatever my wife wants/needs ;)
- Fix and tune my bandsaw
- Tune my TS
- Crosscut sled for TS
- Tool bases to get everything off my bench
- CNC router

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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Elizabeth

724 posts in 1645 days


#2 posted 781 days ago

I’ve just made a 220v extension cord for my table saw, which gets the cord out of the way of my miter sled. I’m also in the middle of getting shop humidity down to a reasonable level. Next up are:

- A log resawing jig for the bandsaw
- Finish up the last two metal runs of the dust system, to the spindle sander and the miter saw/router
- Long-term projects – I’d like to make a folding table saw outfeed table, a bandsaw outfeed table, and a dust collection hood for the miter saw.

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SnowyRiver

51451 posts in 1982 days


#3 posted 781 days ago

I am currently building a maple hope chest. Once that is done (about 30 days to go) here is the list.

-Fishing rod rack
-King size mission bed
-Mission chest of drawers
-Mission night stand
-12X14 storage shed in the back yard
-Foyer table

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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DS

2080 posts in 922 days


#4 posted 781 days ago

I’m a bit scared to write out this list, but, I think it needs to be done. Great topic, btw.

- Insulate the overhead doors
- Circle jig for bandsaw
- plumb the DC hoses overhead
- add a lighting fixture to East end
- storage shelving above overhead door
- refurbish the assembly table
- rework router table storage (LH vs. RH at new location)

Hmmm… that wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Whew!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 781 days ago

assemble dust collector
hot rod dust collector
build mobile bases x6
hang air filtration
tune #6,7,78 handplanes

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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cuttwice

60 posts in 1187 days


#6 posted 781 days ago

Shop projects:
bench hook / shooting board
winding sticks
TS crosscut sled
DC installation
proper bench
flip-top planer base / assembly table
More storage cabinets

Non-shop projects:
potting bench
hanging planting boxes
Mission bedside tables
Mission queen bed

(Yikes! What am I doing sitting in front of the computer?!!???)

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crank49

3245 posts in 1473 days


#7 posted 781 days ago

I’m building my shop so I have more “todos” than “dones”. And, due to a major reduction in pay after a period of unemployment it’s going real slow. But I’m working the list down.

1. Sheet storage cart with panel saw jig mounted on one side, my own design.
2. Miter saw work station.
3. Dust collector closet. To reduce noise.
4. Slat wall and brackets for storing lumber.
5. Clamp rack.
6. Tool storage board.
7. Router table with shop built lift, plans from “Shop Notes”
8. 16” Band saw, shop built, from “Woodgears” plans.
9. Drum sander, shop built, from my own design.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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Hoakie

303 posts in 2538 days


#8 posted 781 days ago

@Manitario. I think my list is the exact same as yours

In addition I need to:
  • Build better workbench,
  • Redo my lathe tool storage,
  • Update grinder stand and storage
  • Drill press bit storage
  • Sandpaper storage
  • Build Thein separator

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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dbhost

5280 posts in 1734 days


#9 posted 781 days ago

Just off the top of my head…

#1. Build a shed to store lawn and garden as well as shop items during the following projects. #2. Strip sheetrock from all non common walls and ceiling. Run subpanel and circuits, rerock and repaint. #3. Reframe for, and install heavier duty folding attic stairs. The 250lb rating scares me. Rerock and paint as needed. #4. Prep and apply epoxy floor coating. #5. Re-mount lumber rack, tool stacker, clamshell cabinets, and library cabinet. Add bridge shelf to top of clamshell cabinets so that the entire space end to end of both cabs and the space between will have an 18” deep shelf above it. #6. Build miter saw station along common wall, making sure the fence area clears the freezer that will have to be stored next to it. (Bargain I made with LOML…) #7. Re-design DC location, and ductwork to reduce the distance from DC to tools including side flipping the impeller housing / motor and putting the Thien under the impeller housing. Upsize to 6” duct. #8. Rolling sheet goods rack with clamp storage. #9. Box Joint jig. #10. Complete drum sander project. It’s slow going, but it’s going. #11. Build a full on table saw / router workstation for my BT3100, I am using BT3Central member jnesmith’s workstation as inspiration. #12. Rebuild / build a proper workbench. I found out a mess of things I don’t like about the design of the workbench I built and can’t wait to get started on a new one…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Ripthorn

665 posts in 1487 days


#10 posted 781 days ago

Mine is too long to put here, but the top items are: – Finish Thein separator – Tune up bandsaw – Start building a workbench – Finish the fliptop tool cart – Put in another fluorescent fixture over the TS

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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DamnYankee

3165 posts in 1064 days


#11 posted 781 days ago

TS Cross Cut Sled
BS table
DP table
Rebuild workbench
Install shop drawers (I have them, they are ready to go, but installing includes previous item – rebuild bench)

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Manitario

2181 posts in 1385 days


#12 posted 781 days ago

Nice lists; it seems sometimes like we spend more time making stuff for the shop rather than making stuff with the shop! I keep thinking that I’ll reach a point where I’ll have all the tools I’ll need and all the jigs and shop projects complete, but I don’t think I’ll ever reach that point.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Richard

681 posts in 1192 days


#13 posted 781 days ago

#1 on the Shop list is to find a place to have a real shop, even if it is tiny. working out of the carport is a pain when you have to haul everything out and then back inside when your done.

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barecycles

250 posts in 830 days


#14 posted 781 days ago

Shop lights…Shop lights…SHOP LIGHTS!!!!!

Until I can see what I’m doing in the shop dungeon, I’d just be wasting my time working on anything else.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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KMT

590 posts in 1164 days


#15 posted 781 days ago

Well, I just finished a router table ( will post in projects soon).

Need an Air filtration unit.

We have the house up for sale so I am now working on installing the trim around the doors and windows in the shop. For some reason it bothers me that I didn’t finish it when I built the shop a couple years ago, so I want to see it completed.

I’m sure I have a long list of to do’s ahead of me at the next place (which I have told my wife MUST HAVE a shop) http://lumberjocks.com/KMTSilvitech/workshop

Other than that I can always find something to do to improve my enjoyment in my shop.

-- - Martin

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