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My shop is only 14 X 21 and is fairly small but mighty! In order to use all my equipment most everything had to be put on wheels. The table saw, miter saw and jointer are used the most so are more accessible than the others. The spindle/belt sander and drum sander are put on platforms and I use a small sizzlor lift table to move them out when needed. My table saw is a Powermatic 2000 with a 3hp motor and a 50” rip. The bandsaw is a 14” Jet that can re-saw boards up to 12”. The peg boards are for my hand tools when I get around to hanging them up. The catch table/assembly table and storage unit has 5 drawers, 4 doors and stores my power hand tools, hand screw clamps, fasteners, hardware and mics. The Jet 12” planer/jointer can be used for jointing where she sets and can be pulled out for planing. The drill press is a Jet 17” with laser and built in light. My miter saw is a Makita 12” slider and it is the best miter saw I ever owned. The two sanders is a Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander and a Jet 16-32 drum sander. The Jet 1 1/2hp shaper comes with a 1/2” spindle, 3/4” spindle, 1/4” collet and 1/2” collet for router bits. The mortiser is a Powematic bench top and I used the base from the 16-32 drum sander to put it on for now. I need to build a storage cabinet under the table saw and a base for the mortiser to sit on. My dust collection unit and duct work came from Penn State Industries. I feel this is a must to have in my shop and would not be with out it. In 1983 I shot the second legal elk in modern North Dakota history (ND2ELK). My daughter named him Elmer. He field dressed 690 lbs, 6 X 6, with a 52” spread. Thanks for looking!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 07:10 AM

Looks good. Don’t forget to take pictures.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 07:13 AM

Good luck in the set-up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 11:58 AM

You are going to have a lot of fun with the new shop setup. Keep us posted with the progress. Great looking grand kids! Future woodworkers ?
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 03:19 PM

Looks like a great plan…keep us posted!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 05:51 PM

That’s a fine looking buck. I’ve always wanted to go hunting.(Not many places in Southern California/Southern Nevada that you can find good game.)

Your floor plan looks like a great use of your available space. I don’t know the layout of your home, but having the DC up against a shared interior wall might cause some unwanted noise transfer in to the house(especially if you will have it strapped to the wall, this will turn the drywall in to a giant transducer and serve to amplify the sound on the other side.) Is it possible to move it closer to the front garage door? Perhaps in place of either the band saw or the planer? This will also be a help when you need to empty your dust collection, it will save you from dragging the mess back through your shop and past furniture with potentially wet or tacky finish.

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#6 posted 02-02-2008 04:47 AM

Hi Mark

The dust collector is on the opposite wall (not interior) by the table saw side. I thought about putting the dust collector on the opposite end but I don’t know if the garage door track would be in the way. After the wiring and lights are in I can determine what might work best. I appreciate your input.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 04:53 AM

Hi Tom,

I love your “shop” pictures. Now I see where you get your inspiration (and I am not referring to the buck). They are gorgeous and it looks like you are having fun. I have often said that grandchildren are so much fun that I really wish we had them first.

Thanks for the post. I would like to see some real shop pictures sometime in the future.

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

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#8 posted 04-10-2008 06:09 PM

Hi Tom, Thanks for all the comments on my stuff. You asked about the saw. I got it awhile back it’s a Makita LS1013 dual slide compound miter saw. I like it alot. I have made a few modifications though. After fighting with the safety swith I disconnected it and while I was at it I add a longer cord. Yes, I know about warranties and the big void when one messes with tools but now it’s safer and better. I also put an after market laser thing on it. Sometimes I trust it and sometimes I don’t. The best thing about the laser is that it tells you where not to place finger or a hand. It doesn’t work so good when working in the bright sun though. I hope this is an ok place to post a response to your query. Later bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#9 posted 04-21-2008 05:28 AM

Hi Tom,

Thanks for checking out my shop and as you requested I’m here checking out your floor plan. I think it looks pretty good. Will you have enough room to use your router table or will you need to move it and the TS away from the wall? How do you plan to hook up your dust collector that will be in the corner? I’m still struggling to figure out something more suitable in my own shop. Finally, I think it makes good sense to have an assembly table as your primary bench. I’m squeezing 2 into my little space and want to get down to 1 good one instead of 2 not so good ones.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#10 posted 04-21-2008 06:44 AM

Hi Paul

I was planning on building my router table cabinet on the end of the table saw (Powermatic 2000). The top will be part of the 50” table top for the saw. The only time the saw has to sit the way it is shown is when I am breaking down sheet goods. I have always cut the complete cabinets (sheet stock & solid) before I start assemblying them. When I use the router table I can move it away from the wall or turn the saw/router table unit long ways in the shop because all the big or longer stock will be cut. The assembly table with drawers and doors will also have casters on it. I should be able to move the saw and table around for easier assembly.
I am also planning on building a 10 X 14 shed to sit on the patio out the back door of the shop. Materials and over flow will go in there.

I just got a Temp 142CX cyclone dust collector from Penn State Industries. It has a 2HP 110/220V motor, you can have up to 12 drops, with two 1/2 – Micron canisters. Designed for shops with 8’ ceilings or a little less. Because of the air flow and filters you do not need a air cleaner. They are on sale right now. Thanks for looking at shop plan.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 06-02-2008 06:16 AM

Shop plan looks great! Our shop is in our garage and the Suburban must be parked inside at all times (the LOML’s request on this). We have a General dust collector that we just have a long flexible hose on and detach and move as necessary. It works pretty good. Talking about 220v, that was really fun. We had the Electrical Contractor that I used to work for come and do it and the lights. Now we just have to insulate, sheetrock, mud & tape and paint. Along with building a workbench, several porch chairs, two twin beds and a cabinet for my MIL for her laundry room. I hope that your shop goes as smoothly as our hopefully will.

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 07:15 AM

Hi Tom…

Congrats on getting your shop started! Looks great… I believe I’ll take some lessons on the way you have your recepticles laid out. I also started working on a new shop… except I’m going the other way… I’m movin the cars back into the garage & building a woodshop on the other end of my home. I’ve started out just like you did by upgrading my electric service from 100 amp to 200 amp.

I bet you’re gonna like not sharing woodshop workspace space with lawn mowers, bicycles & christmas lights from now on! I’m looking forward to watching your progress.


-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#13 posted 02-19-2009 08:32 AM

Nice Elk, nice Whitetails. I use my grandaddies old.308 Winchester, but my wife bow hunts. Takes a lot of stamina. Don’t know how you guys do it. Nice table saw. Powermatics are certainly worth the money.

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 04:11 AM

Hi Tom,
It looks like you are putting together a very nice shop. I like the dust collector set-up. I need to get one myself. What brand is your unit?

The grand kids are awesome they always seem to put a big smile on your face


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#15 posted 03-20-2009 09:40 PM

i like what your doing in your shop, also thanks for your comment on my shop…i see that you build a grandfather clock, i’m just started to build one for myself…(no plans just make it up as i go) meaning i might be asking for some advice…it’s something i been wanting to do for a long time, i bought my movement for it 4 years ago…i’m always in a hurry to do things.. ( LOL )...


-- jhrj11, indiana

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