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My workshop, as most have to be, is a roll-a-round shop. During the week, the wifes car occupies one side of the middle of the garage along with a Harley Electra Glide. Every other Saturday my wife has to work, and that is “Woodworking” day at our house. The car is gone and replaced by a Sears contractor table saw with an Incra TS fence on the top, a BenchDog Pro router table extension on the left with a Porter Cable 890 underneath it riding up and down on a Jessem router lift FX.

For dimensioning the wood, there is a Ridgid 6.5” jointer riding on a home made platform. A Grizzly G055 bandsaw with the 6” riser block is used for resawing and quick cuts on small stock. A Dewalt 734 12.5 inch planer gets the stock as close to the thickness I need as possible, always using a home made sled to get the small stuff. A Dewalt 20” scroll saw gets the really small stuff smaller and curvier. A Ridgid Oscillating spindle sander was a Christmas gift this year and I have yet to really use it. There is also a Delta 10” miter saw for odd jobs, and an incra miter express with an Incra 1000SE attached to it most of the time. Depending on the cuts, I usually switch between the miter express and a homemade cross cut sled.

For glue ups, I use a Dewalt biscuit jointer, a few Jorgensen cabinet clamps, a few Bessy Duoclamps, a few 48” aluminum clamps, and an assortment of other pipe clamps.

Other items: Porter Cable pancake compressor, which never fails me or fails to scare the crap out of my wife when it kicks on at 3:am after I’ve forgotten to unplug it. A Shopfox oscillating bench top drill press. Now that I have the Ridgid, the usefulness of the oscillating part is a moot point. Currently I have a small roll around dust collector which does help some, but not really what I need when playing with paduk and bloodwood. And a myriad of power hand tools, like the 18v Royobi drill I use nearly on a daily basis, a Bosch colt trim router, Porter cable 15ga and Bostich 18ga nailers, Ridgid ROS and more.

As suggested, I’ve uploaded some pictures of the shop. Its not a pretty site, but the smells you can make cutting that wood. When the Miata goes away every other saturday, everything under the bench rolls out and the sounds of woodworking sing through the neighborhood. Eventually the next door neighbor comes up and says “Whatcha making Wilson”, in reference to the Tool time. I’ve built 15 neighborhood cedar mailboxes in this garage.

The dream would be to build a 24×24 shop behind the house, but in a neighborhood, a shop doesn’t necessarily increase the value of your home, just the value of the time spent living there. So one day…maybe.

I will post more pics of when I have everything rolled out for a project

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 12:17 AM

Love to see some pictures!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 02:42 AM

Scott, I have to echo Lew’s comment. Your shop sounds interesting. A visual tour would be wonderful.

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

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 06:31 PM

As requested, I’ve posted some pics of the shop. This is NOT Norm Abrams shop for sure.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 07:54 PM

HEY we are close to each other I think (somewhere in SC) the shop looks like you can do what you want and have to do, as for the 24 X 24 it will never be enough space, I have had shops with as little as 600sq.ft. and as many as 16,000sq.ft. so its just more places to put stuff you can live without..

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 03:22 AM

Scott, you have a nice shop in which to work. Bummer about letting your wife keep her vehicle in there though. But I understand where you are coming from. I have often said that if I tried that with my wife I would be out in the weather before her vehicle is. I like the upgrade on your table saw. With the Incra addition you have really upgraded the performance of the saw. The fence is, in my opinion, the major weakness of Sears contractors saws. Mine bows when I lock it down and have been debating whether to get the Incra jig or upgrade it to a cabinet saw since I would really like to expand the cutting width.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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Monty Queen

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 02:58 AM

Welcome Retired Military neighbor: I guess you read my posting and see that i am retired from the Army, Do not hold that against me ha ha. I am originally from columbia. I went to Spring valley high and joined the Army in 1978, moved back to columbia in 2000. I work at westinghouse now. I bought this work shop a year ago and been colecting tools and making my shop look more like a shop. I am working on a hope chest right now it is done except for the sanding and finishing, i will post it in a week. I also go to mann,woodzone,home depot and lowes. I really enjoy working with wood, i do leather to but i have not mess with that in years. I love your pen making one day i will buy me a lathe and try to turn some pens and other things. Talk to you latter.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 12-26-2009 05:42 PM

Nice shop, a lot like mine, home to a lot of tools, and a car and still room to house a Motorcycle or 2, or 3.
Mine has 2 Harleys, a road king for me a sporty for my wife and a broken kawi klr, looking to get that up and running sometime after the new year.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#8 posted 06-27-2016 05:11 PM

Hi. Enjoyed the projects and see my site I have had 5 shops. Shop #4 I bought a modular Shed in 2 halves. In PA, I bought a 24×28, pressure treated floors, 2 garage doors, upgraded the 3 windows and man door delivered for $11,500. The base price was 9,000 and built strong enough to hold cars. Worth checking out as an addition. Siding to match the house included. Then I wired and insulated it. Used white pegboard for walls and cost. and a white beaded panel for the ceiling. warm in winter and with a small ac and fans great in summer. This was my dream shop and it replaced the one car garage we had. that may not be your case but dollar for dollar the modular sheds are solid and worth the cost. Yes the wife had half for her car. and we get winter here so snowblower, mower and stuff on half and I had half for my shop. Thanks Hal

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#9 posted 06-28-2016 08:36 PM

Scott, you have a very interesting shop. Congratulations and Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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