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Matt Snyder

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Salem, OR
United States

I’ve got a very small one car garage converted to a wood shop. It’s only about 10’x20’. I started with the Jet table saw and moved on to a Jet 15” planer. My father-in-law donated the band saw and my addiction grew from there. My 6×48 belt sander is a HF special but has been serving me well.

The drill press I picked up from CL for $250. It took a full tear down and stripping/sanding with fresh paint but this 650 pound beast will outlive me. I looked up the serial number and it is a 1946 model.

My dust collector is a HF with a Super Dust Deputy cyclone dumping into a 33 gallon plastic drum. Under the second stage/filter I made a clear vinyl bin with a sheet of vinyl and a heat gun. It lets me see how much fine dust I’ve built up.

I added the PVC ducting this fall with 6” main and 4” drops to the big tools and 2 1/2” to the rest.

The work bench has been a long project but is finally mostly complete. The pegboard doors hide a large cubby on the right and shelves between the studs for my tools in cases.

The two work tables are mounted on hinges and fold out of the way if I need to move larger items through. The smaller one has my router built into it. I used a curly maple wood grain Formica laminate for both. It makes them durable and easy to clean.

For dust collection at the bench I have a sweep port on the longer bench and two extra 2 1/2” ports for the router and any other needs.

It is wired for 110v AC and 12v DC. All the lighting is LED with strip lights all over the bench.

It’s a small shop but I make the most of the space I have. I want to add a proper woodworker bench and miter saw table but that is a project for next fall.

Tools at my disposal:

Jet 10” right-tilt table saw
Jet 15” planer
Delta drill press circa 1946
6×48 HF belt sander
Rigid Bandsaw
Various hand tools
Bosch plunge router and table
2 stage Harbor Freight/Dust Deputy dust collector
Makita Miter saw
1” HF belt sander

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

8 comments so far

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70 posts in 2405 days

#1 posted 02-04-2019 04:26 PM

Very nice! I like what you did with the drill press

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#2 posted 02-04-2019 06:30 PM

Wow, what a great layout and use of your space. I like your DC and the mods you made. The bench is a great layout and use of space also….I have the predecessor to you Jet planer, which is 16” but the motor is on top, which makes for some hard cranking when you want to raise it very much. They are beasts though and can plane anything!!
Thanks for showing and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Mike

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5757 posts in 1434 days

#3 posted 02-04-2019 07:41 PM

great little shop space well organized,looks like your utilizing every inch.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 02-04-2019 08:45 PM

Beautiful restoration on the drill press.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 02-04-2019 11:15 PM

Nice job on the drill press! It looks like you enjoyed building your shop. Very neat and your layout looks functional. I always say a shop makes a marriage last and keeps your head in alignment. However, you need two very essential items. A TV to watch sports and videos, and a small fridg for your beer. Did you see my Patriots win #6?

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#6 posted 02-05-2019 12:05 AM

I agree with the others. That drill press looks great!
You have made good use of the space available.
Thanks for sharing.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#7 posted 02-05-2019 12:06 AM

drill press looks GR8 i also like the router table but that fence on that saw would drive me crazy Welcome 2 LJ’s GREAT SHOP :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 03-01-2019 03:49 AM

That drill press really IS amazing work. I hate to not be unique or original… but ever so nice!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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