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”I don’t have a garage, I have a two-stall woodshop.”

I have said that enough times that if I refer to it as the “garage”, my wife looks at me and says “garage”?

My shop is 20×20. When the house was being built, I had all the walls (and garage door) insulated. The night we closed, I epoxy painted the concrete floor (love it!). The next day, the Amana 1.5 ton PTAC a/c (and heat) unit was installed along with 3 extra 20 amp circuits. A PTAC is one of those hotel room style a/c units. So needless to say, I have do not excuses for not woodworking all year around.

Thing I like:
  • Climate controlled
  • 20’ from our kitchen’s fridge and coffee maker
  • Lighting: eight 8’ fluorescent bulbs that light the shop up
  • Connected to the house, so I am close to my family.
  • Computer and TV hookups. I also have a speaker in each corner of the room. I may have the only shop with surround sound.
Things I don’t like:
  • 8’ ceiling. I really wish I had 10’ or more to be able to stand plywood up on its end and store jigs
  • I should’ve elected for a garage door without windows. I have limo tinted the windows and also hung foam core to keep prying eyes from looking in, and more importantly keeping my woodshop from looking like the gates of heaven at night with my eight 8’ fluorescent bulbs.
  • Enough outlets, but builder put them all on one breaker. I have added three 20 amp circuits.
  • No dust collection. I have a Home owners association, so no chance of building a “closet” of the outside of the house to house the dust collection system and a large air compressor.
  • Our master bedroom and living room shares common walls with my woodshop. They are insulated, but I still have to be mindful of the noise I create.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 06:33 PM

Hey Jeff that’s a fine looking shop very well organized and some good tools to boot.


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#2 posted 05-31-2010 06:48 PM

Your outfeed/assembly table is off the hook! Looks like a torsion box in the pix. I’d love to have a table that large with that much storage space.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 09:55 PM

Thanks for the nice comments Jim and Dane.

Dane – it is a torsion box assembly table (wood whisperer style). It is 4×6’. I love it 95% of the time. The only time I despise it is when I think of how much real estate it takes up.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 10:32 PM

Yeah, I need a torsion box assembly table too. I see you found a good storage system for all of your small cut-offs. I really like how all of the wallspace is used, that’s something I need too!

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 10:52 PM

That sure looks like a nice setup Jeff. I also like the outfeed table.

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 02:27 AM

Jeff, this is a nice looking shop that you have. It looks like you have organized it well and you have plenty of storage in there. Having a shop with both heating and ac is certainly a bonus. Your lumber/sheet good area looks familar. I used to have one quite similar to yours. But, when I needed more room to accomodate the swing of the plywood storage cart, I changed my sheet good storage into a mobile cart rather than hinging it to the wall.

You have a nice set of tools to play with and adding the assembly table, even though it eats up real estate, was well worth the effort that you put into it.

Thanks for the pictures. It was fun to tour your shop.

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

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 04:34 AM

Hey Jeff,
Real cool set-up and great toys to play with…well done.

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#8 posted 06-01-2010 05:11 PM

Nice shop. I am a bit confused as to how / why an HOA would be a problem for dust collection? Just use a good DC with a decent filter inside the shop instead of an outside closet…

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 05:30 PM

Nice shop!!! Isn’t climate control nice? I also have AC and a HotDawg furnace/heater.

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 09:13 PM

Nice shop Jeff..I have begun building a torsion box workbench myself. I’ve finished the top, and I was preparing to begin construction of the cabinet. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to make the table mobile. I have 4 X 4” locking Urethane casters. It looks as if you have 6 casters? What kindof modifications did you make to the cabinet to account for the casters? I was trying to decide if I need to build a torsion box base for the cabinet to rest on, but that almost seems like overkill for the whole project.

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 12:20 AM


I guess I just don’t want to give up the real estate inside the shop for a dust collection system. I am also concerned about the additional noise.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 12:24 AM


I actually have 8 casters. I had six, but experienced sag (on the shorter 4 foot sides). So 1 caster on each corner and 1 caster in the middle on each side. I probaby need to do a post on that project sometime.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#13 posted 11-30-2010 03:11 AM

Jeff, I have have a 5 hp DC and yes it is very loud, I’m going to build a closet around it, just have to. Still under construction, but coming along, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#14 posted 11-30-2010 03:20 AM

Great looking shop… I wish I had that much space..

Thanks,Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#15 posted 03-01-2012 02:13 AM

nice set up jeff. i am looking to get there one day. i see we have the same TS. was wondering how your experience has been with it. mine has served me pretty well. i have i wired 220 but i still get a fair amount of burn. i think from my blade being a little shy of square. have you had a similar prob, if so do you know how to straighten out the blade. i haven’t tinkered with it any but i really need to and was hoping you might give me a head start. thanks, nate.

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