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Sadly, my “shop” is far from a “shop.” It is, however, my patio and there’s plenty of room to work, even if it’s not an ideal set-up.

When I’m in project mode, my beloved miter saw—my pride and joy—is mounted to a high-top, heavy duty steel frame patio table acquired from one of the establishments on my block. I leveled it out—also taking into account the patio slats which can be uneven – then crafted a brace of sorts to mount the saw to the table, and allow it to be removed when I need to put it back away.

Over the winter, I picked up a Ridgid portable table saw and bench planer, so I can start working with a little better quality of lumber.

Since I lack dedicated work space, I picked up a Keter collapsable work bench on clearance a few weeks back and to be honest, it works great for what I need. Mainly, it gets used for assembly, sanding and painting or, if I’m using the router, I rest the router table atop it.

I also just picked up a Centipede XL and it’s a game-changer. Able to re-arrange the deck and have a big, 4×8 table strong enough for my bench tools, flat enough for assembly and at the end of the day, can pack it all up and stash it in the back of her closet.

Upgraded from the tiny, 5-gallon shop vac to a 16-gallon Ridgid for dust collection. Had a hell of a time with the filter, so I splurged on the (overpriced) bags and it’s made a noticeable difference.

Right now, it does the job. It’s not ideal, it’s not perfect but I found a way to make it work. Hopefully, soon, I’ll be relocating to someplace a little bit bigger but for now … it’s my shop.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 01:29 PM

When I was young, I purchased a 8 1/2” Craftsman Radial Arm Saw. I stored it in an out building and I hauled it on my sons wagon to my patio when I needed to make or fix something around the house. You can do good work with your set up.

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 01:45 PM

I was very lucky, when I was living in an apartment, I could always go to my dads to do wood work.

I find someone like you who can make do with the space they have very commendable. I love the can do attitude.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 05:20 PM

It’s more of a “will try to” as opposed to “can do” ... but we’re getting there.

The set-up works though, I draw the ire of the CEO as my tools seem to take up a significant amount of space in our closet but I like the simplicity of it.

As for the saw, I love it. Unfortunately I already need a new blade (little mishap with the fence and a bevel) and it needs a little tweaking/adjusting but am very much enjoying the learning process that goes along with it.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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