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I have a complete workshop at a house I own in VT. I am now living and working full-time in Germany. The photos and descriptions are for the shop in Germany. Latest changes are in bold.

The workshop is a work in progress. It’s in the basement of our house as well as the garage. In the basement I have a 380 volt Jet Jdp-17F drill press that can be run in both directions. I also made a drill press table for it which has so far met all my needs. I am currently building a new workbench. At the moment I use the benchtop which sits on sawhorses. I’ll have a 12” Lie-Nielsen chain drive vice with bench doog holes on both sides of the bench. If all goes well I hope to finish the workbench by Spring 2016. I’ll I only get to work on it every other weekend so progress is a little slow.

I installed about 125 square feet of plywood tool wall for my hand tools. In addition to that I also have modular walll system for my clamps. I also have a 32” flat screen TV. The cool thing about the TV is that I can access files from our in-house network (server in the next room) and see PDF’s from old woodworking magazines, etc. My aging eyes appreciate the large print! :-)

I had to box in some air exchanger pipes but I put the overhead space to good use. On the underside of the box I screwed up some sheet metal and I now use magnets to keep reference info where it’s quick and easy to see it whenever I need it. I also put up a white board. I use it to draw out ideas when I’m working on a project as well as making lists of supplies I need to buy, etc.

In the garage I have an awesome Metablo sliding compound miter saw. It’s the only miter saw I have ever used that actully collects sawdust well when it is attached to a dust collector. I am also using a Dewalt DW745 table saw. It’s not my ideal saw but it was all I could find here in Germany that used a 5/8” arbor and had 3/4” x 3/8” slots for the custom (totally tricked out) miter gauge I made before I moved to Germany. I also just added a Jet dust collector. That’s made a huge improvement in the work environment in the shop. As I write this I am expecting the arrival of three new tools for the garage. I’ve been saving my pennies and in December 2015 was able to buy a Jet 14” bandsaw, Jet 12” combo jointer/planer with helical cutter head and a combo 6×48 belt sander with a 9 disk sander. I only get to the shop every other weekend so it will be mid-January until I can post some photos.

Please check out my projects page for photos of the drill press table and miter gauage (as well as a few other goodies I made for the shop.)

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 03:45 AM

I am glad that you have a space of your own to call your shop.

Look forward to seeing some of your projects and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Brad, Texas,

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Grant Davis

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#2 posted 06-01-2015 08:27 PM

Love the adjustable clamp rack. Might have to borrow this idea. Thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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