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Workshop by MrBob54 posted 06-05-2019 04:38 PM 1121 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Lakewood, WA
United States

I am recently retired so I decided finally put together the shop I have always wanted. I have mostly the standard tools but I tried to get the best dust collector and jointer I could afford, more on that later. My shop is in a single car garage so space is at a premium. I spent a lot of time trying to utilize every inch the best I could. In the past I had less tools so I set it up so that things could move around and we could get the car in. With the upgrades I wanted to do I could not figure out a way to make that happen, so making the decision to have this be a shop and not a “garage AND a shop” was a game changer. My gracious wife agreed and there was no looking back. The house needed a new electrical panel anyway so I upgraded to 200 amp which gave me plenty of room for the additional circuits I needed.
The first thing I had to deal with was were to put the stuff that normally gets stored in the garage and is not shop related. To solve that problem I did two things. First I build an upgraded garden shed. It is 10 X 12 with a cement slab floor, a loft, and plenty of shelves. We needed that anyway because the old shed was collapsing.

Next we upgraded the attic above the garage with pull down stairs, lighting, and shelving. This way we are more likely to put things up there out of the way but still have reasonably easy access. Before I finished the attic I insulated the garage ceiling and upgraded the lighting.

The garage walls were fire taped sheetrock and I really wanted wood walls in the shop. People have used T-111 siding, shiplap, and various other products. In the end I found a good deal on prefinished ¾ inch plywood. I did not want to remove the sheetrock so I had insulation blown in between the studs and then hung the plywood over the drywall. I also build some cabinets and shelves and did some painting.
Next to tackle dust collection. After a lot of research I ended up with the 5 hp Clear Vue cyclone. I built a closet to put it in for noise reduction and left room in there for a small air compressor for the same reason.

I learned that there is no use having a top of the line dust collector with a duct system that restricts air flow so I went with the 6 inch PVC and TRIED to minimize the bends. Its hard to do in a small shop with an overhead garage door. I also changed the connection on the table saw to 6 inch and built a chop saw dust collector with a 6 inch connection as well. It works very well and I have plans to try and make it even better.
I always wanted at least an 8 inch jointer as well as a planer, but space was at a premium. After going around and around, I decided on a combo unit and almost went with one of the Asian models, but the quality seemed lacking and I hate struggling with tools that are difficult to get set up properly. Everything I read about jointers stressed the importance of proper adjustment. So I decided to go quality and went with the 12 inch Hammer. I got a very robust 12 inch jointer and planer in a reasonably small package. Kind of pricy but a joy to use.

To save space I put in a Bench Dog cast iron table saw extension router table with an Incra lift.

I like a lot of horizontal surfaces so I have two workbenches and an assembly table that knocks down easily when I need floor space for something else.

All of those benches take up space but for the way I work it is a necessity.

My lumber rack is based on Marc Spagnuolo’s design that you can see “here”:

Even though the shop looks a little tight, I find I can access everything and work just fine. It gets a little crowded when two people are in the shop, but you adjust to it. I think I proved that you can get a fairly full feature workable shop even in a single car garage without compromising too much. Of course it will never be completely finished….

-- Bob, Washington State

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#1 posted 06-05-2019 06:24 PM

Everything seems very well thought out. Great pictures and a lot of great ideas. Thanks for sharing your shop.

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#2 posted 06-05-2019 11:10 PM

id say you proved quite well you dont need a 5000 sq ft shop to do woodworking,you just have to be efficient and organized and you look to have done that very well.looks like a nice place to spend a day,thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 02:30 AM

Very efficient use of your space. Well done! Coincidentally, I live in Lakewood, Ohio which is one of the most densely populated cities in the USA so I can’t expand due to zoning. I also have a small work area and am always looking for ideas and will post my shop here in the near future.

-- Visit the forest and appreciate the source of our craft’s raw material.

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#4 posted 06-07-2019 03:15 PM

Very nice shop and great use of the work space.

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#5 posted 06-10-2019 06:30 PM

Great upgrades to existing spaces. All very well thought put and executed. I also love your new tools, and the organization you have put in place! Good job! Thanks for showing.

-- Mike

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