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I spent the day cleaning up my workshop and decided to take some pictures and post them before it got dirty again. Believe me, it usually never looks this clean.

I built this basement workshop about 10 years ago and never got it completely finsihed. The cabinets still need to be painted and the drywall was never finished.

The shop is 9 feet wide by 20 feet long. At one end is a cabinet (used office cabinets) and an old sink from the cottage. The overhead cabonets contain sand paper, glue etc and small power tools in the other. I have included a small TV .

A few years ago I installed a small 1 hp dust collection system. I still generate a lot of dust, but it works much better than just using a shop vac.

Along the far side of the shop is a row of cabinets that hold an old Dewalt 10” radial arm saw, a 10 inch mitre saw and a benchtop drill press. I can easily cut 12 foot long boards at either the radial arn saw or mitire saw. The fence is aligned along the whole length. Underneath is more storage, that includes a place for my planer and compressor.

All of the countertops are at the same height as my table saw which allows me to handle larger sized pieces of wood at the table saw, resting them on the countertops.

Since storage space is at a minmimum I have a potrable router table and spindle sander hanging on the wall. When needed, I take them down and set them up on my workmate. Also standing on end is an inexpensive lathe.

Along the other wall of the shop is a small 4” jointer, a 15 inch bandsaw and a 10” Delta Construction saw. They are all on wheels. I built a dust shute for the table saw and it is connected to the dust collection system by a 4” dia flexible hose. I have two lengths of 3” flexible house connected to my dust collection system and connect them to the bandsaw, planer, joint or router table when they are being used.

Wherever I have room I have clamps hanging from the walls.

I will be retiring at the end of 2011 and will spend some of my new found time finishing my shop. I want to add some dedicated electrical circuits, improve the dust collection and air cleaning and add a 220 volt circuit for an upgraded table saw.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 01:30 AM

Nice use of space.
I like the RAS and the miter saw on the same table.
I don’t think many of us really finish our shops completely.
I haven’t posted pics of mine yet, because it’s still a work in progress.
Congratulations on retirement.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 09:21 AM

That sink and counter looks really handy. I put a hot water tank and sink in my shop this past year and I use it way more than I thought I would…......

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 03:18 AM

nice little shop it looks well planned out and every thing a woodworker could need do you have a lathe I didnt see it

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Dude50: I do have a lathe of sorts. About a year ago I bought a very inexpensive lathe from Busy Bee Tools up here in Ontario. I had not done any turning to date and so far have only tried my hand at a few simple turnings. Of course what I learned quickly is that you need really sharp tools so I went out an bought the Tormek sharpening system. Since I don’t have room in my shop the lathe is standing on end up agaainst the wall. You can see the top of it in picture 6 right under the cordless drills. It is reasonaly light so I can take it an put it on my workmate when want t o use it. It is not the best set-up but for now, and until I get a bit more comfortable with turning, thats my set-up. Prhaps longer term a better soultion maybe to get a mini or mid lathe.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 11-20-2011 10:24 AM

Well thought out and functional…good job.

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 09:03 PM

very confined but well put….mines only a one car garage :/

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 12:59 PM

You have all the necessary tols in an efficient space. I’m guessing it just takes a little more time to set up for each step of your projects. I’ve seen nicer shops but never nicer stuff to come out of a shop!

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 05:25 PM

Great use of space. Seems like you have all you need to do what you want.

-- Eddie -

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#9 posted 10-27-2012 05:47 PM

Nice little shop!

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 07:03 PM

Such a sweet use of a small bit of space!

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