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I built this shop in 2010 after I retired. The shop is 24’ x 28’ 672 Sq. ft., Insulated, heated and air conditioned.

My main tools are:

• Saw Stop Contractors Saw w/ built in router table in right wing
• Craftsman Professional 6” Jointer
• Craftsman 14” Band Saw w 6” riser block
• Craftsman Belt/Disk Combo Sander 6” x 48” Belt , 9” disk
• Delta 12” disc sander
• Laguna 14” Band Saw with 1” Carbide Blade
• 24” Grizzly 1066R Double Drum Sander
• 12” Dewalt Miter Saw
• 13” Dewalt DW735 Planer w/ Bird helix cutter head
• Grizzly 14” x 40” Heavy Duty Lathe
• Router table built by my brother from Norm’s plans
• A Floor model Clark Drill Press with a woodworkers drill press top
• Penn State Tempest 1425 S 2.5 HP Cyclone Dust Collector

I have had two large cabinet projects in this building; one full kitchen made from rustic hickory. The other just 22 raised panel doors made from poplar for existing cabinets. I also built a 20” cabin/Pilot house Power Dory. The shop is not a clean after the boat. 400 hours of sanding has a tenancy to leave a deep layer of dust on every thing in the shop.

The dust collection system is all 6” snap lock 26 gauge pipe and fittings with a 2.5 hp. Tempest S cyclone. The 6” blast gates were all shop made.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 01:25 AM

great shop you have john.looks very neat and organized.very nice dust control system.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 07:10 PM

Wonderful looking shop, well thought out and well appointed. I am very impressed. Your double band saw setup is something I definitely need to do in the very near future.


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#3 posted 05-13-2014 01:46 AM

Nice shop.
I didn’t see a workbench..

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 10:30 PM

Very nice John! I see blast gates on the inlet side of your filters however I don’t see them on the clean out side. Do you constantly re-circulate dust back through the cyclone?

BTW, your table saw dust hood looks kinda familiar!

-- "Post count on a forum does not denote level of knowldege, skill nor experience"

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 10:51 PM

Marv88, You are correct the table saw hood is copied from the post you indicated. There are gates on the bottom of the filters. Penn State provides 4” gates for this. I ran a 6” duct down to the bottom for re-circulation and installed a flue wye then reduced to 4” for the gate and hose. I checked the velocity at this point and found with all other gates closed I had 7200 fpm. That is about 650 CFM. This picture shows this better.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#6 posted 05-14-2014 12:25 AM

Thanks John! I was talking to Dick Wynn at Wynn Filters today about making a plenum to use 2 filters on my cyclone however I really like your set up especially with the recirculating clean out! Also, hopefully my hood design works well for you and if you check the last page of my thread above you’ll see I made a new hood but unfortunately it did not work out as well as the original design (I already gave the original to a friend so I’m going to re make it)

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#7 posted 05-14-2014 12:49 AM

Marv88, Thanks for the hood design, I like it. It works well. I did make one change I used nylon screws to hold the Plexiglas on. I have a SawStop so I didn’t want any metal down close to the blade.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#8 posted 07-10-2014 04:00 PM

A really nice space. I really like the higher ceilings. You can never have enough storage and wall space.
Looks like an enjoyable place to work. I really do need A\C in my next shop.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#9 posted 02-16-2015 07:43 PM

a really nice shop you have, i really like how you’re able to keep it clean, after 18 years of working in my shop, it has gotten away from me, as i have a lot of wood and it has just grown everywhere…well anyway i admire your clean work space and i have now gotten intrigued with your mention of a boat…can you comment further on this….enjoy being so handy and in use by your family…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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