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Having a small shop is like looking at your last beer: at least you have one – be thankful.
My shop is 8×24, roughly half a garage. I have 3 floor tools (table saw, band saw, and scroll saw) and 4 bench tools (chop saw, drill press, jointer, and sander), all hooked to a new Jet 1.5 HP dust collector.
Although it’s still a work in progress, I like the dust collection features I’ve added. There’s a flip down arm that is screwed into the garage door bracing that holds a 2.5 inch hose I can move from the crevice tool over the blade guard, to the fence that has both a sliding, tilting arm for when I use the Dremel, and a router adapter for the table I built into the Bosch 4000 table saw. To make the chop saw more useable, I built a support table next to it that fits just underneath the lowest position of the drill press. And I built a guard for the sander that includes a small fitting for the disc sander (the belt sander already has a hose port). For the drill press, I built a sliding magnetic keeper that attaches to the magnet on the dc nozzle. Last, I made a roller support so I could joint longer boards in front of the bench sander.
Everything works surprisingly well, except for dust collection for the dreaded miter saw. I built a box that limits the scatter, but because the bench below is for wood storage, I had to put the dc port on the back of the box, which gets some, but not nearly enough, sawdust. I’ve read a bunch of suggestions to improve the box but just haven’t found something I like. But I’m open to suggestions.


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#1 posted 09-18-2019 02:02 PM

your right a small shop is always better than no shop.welcome to lumber jocks.

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

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#2 posted 09-19-2019 12:36 PM

Good to have you aboard LJ’s. My shop is 3 feet wider than yours. This has been my haven for 25 years and I love it. No matter how small or encumbered your space is, you can make it work for you. It is a matter of what you put out of it more so than what you put in it.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#3 posted 09-19-2019 01:57 PM

Welcome 2 LJ’s GREAT SHOP :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 09-19-2019 02:37 PM



Welcome 2 LJ s GREAT SHOP :<)))))

- GR8HUNTER


relative of yours tony-lol.

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

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#5 posted 09-20-2019 04:00 PM

Looks like a great shop! Small shops just mean you don’t have to walk as far to get to another tool!! It looks to me like you have everything you need….have fun!!

-- Mike

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