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62 posts in 2001 days


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My workshop is a single bay in a 3 car garage (spilling over into 2nd bay now) and definitely a work in progress. We just moved into a new house about 9 months ago, but of course the priority has been getting the family settled… not getting the workshop put back together. That means that I get a couple hours a week to either re-assemble/re-align machines or to move materials around to get things organized. I’ve got several projects in progress that will help, but they progress slowly.

The shop is very well equipped. I’ve got the following machines:

- Cabinet saw (actually have 2 – one is unused in the crate and needs to be sold)

- Planer

- 6” Jointer

- 2 lathes (a Powermatic 2035 and a Harbor Freight cheapo I learned on)

- 18” Band saw

- Drill Press

- Bunch of Routers (I think I’m up to 5… need to stop buying them at estate sales)

- 2 Scroll Saws

- Ridgid Sander

I’ve also developed a taste for hand tools. I have a bunch of planes that I bring out to play occasionally and a few collectors items I let look nice in my office on a shelf.

Right now I’m working on a bench… which I’ll blog about. And some cabinetry for our bonus room… which has turned into toy central for our boys.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1958 days ago

Your shop sounds interesting. How about posting some pictures of it when you get the chance?

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 1958 days ago

Pictures is a great idea. I hear you on the new move/getting settled ;-) Sounds like you’ve got a good setup so far…what kind of saw is crated up ready for sale?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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topspin

62 posts in 2001 days


#3 posted 1958 days ago

The saw in the box is a Steel City 3 HP cabinet saw 35618. It’s the same model as the one I’m using currently.

Added some photos, my computer wasn’t working correctly last night… so had to find the laptop to use.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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8iowa

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#4 posted 1958 days ago

Here in gainesville I too have been setting up shop in 1/2 of a two car garage. I can understand your challenges. I’ll suggest painting those unfinished walls with semi-gloss white paint and installing several fluorescent fixtures with the electronic ballasts and “daylight” T-8 bulbs. This has made a huge difference for me. I also had to have an electrician install a 60 amp breaker box in the garage as my garage, as most others, had only two 120V 15 amp circuits.

Keep us posted as you progress. Good luck.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 1958 days ago

You have a nice shop space in which to work. I like the way you have organized your tools by making wall shelves for them. This keeps them available and ready to use. This, in my opinion, is a preferable option to hunting for them in a drawer. Your clamp cart is a good idea. It keeps your clamps organized and out of the way. That is something that I have on my to do list (along with a bunch of other projects). You are pretty well along on the bench as well. It is looking pretty good and should be a nice addition to your shop.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour.

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

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topspin

62 posts in 2001 days


#6 posted 1955 days ago

Lights are in the future plan… just haven’t gotten to them yet. You can’t see it in these photos, but there are plugs in the ceiling that I had installed for light fixtures and a switch on the wall by the table saw(s). They’re on a separate circuit from the additional wall plugs I had added.

If it looks like we’re going to be in this house for a while, I’m thinking about investing in some dust collection ducting and a cyclone…. we’ll see. That’s farther down the wish list.

I didn’t add a sub-panel for the shop because the main breaker box for the whole house is right behind the Powermatic Lathe. The shop/garage bay has 3 220V outlets installed (1 – table saw, 2 – lathe, 3 – future Jointer/Planer upgrade).

Thanks for the great comments and support.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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