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Mt Pleasant, MI
United States

Relatively new, and slowly progressing in setting up my shop, I’ve recently got into woodworking through an interest and love of wood furniture, a general anger at the shoddy quality of available for purchase furniture, and a need for a distraction from a job that mostly keeps me cooped up in front of a computer or teaching students (Professor). While I also love to fish, here in MI that gets a little parky in the winter months so looking for something I can do more indoors. That said, the wood options here are amazing compared to back in AU. My space for working is a two car garage, though we only have the one car (ole reliable a 2010 RAV4 which can fit a surprising large board footage of lumber, and has carted many of the tools). At the moment we don’t have a garden shed, so shop setup involves moving garden tools and other stuff out of the way (also hoping to get rid of a few other annoying things via CL). Eventually I envisage having all tools setup a long the back and window wall, and rolled out as need if they can’t be used in place.

I’m aiming for a hybrid approach as I like my dimensioning to be prompt and get me to the point where I will instead focus my hand tool work on the finer details. The main focus of my work is heading toward cabinetry and furniture for the home, plus a few odds and ends of smaller project honeydos. Much of my kit out so far has been supported by some patience on craigslist, and picking up some pretty good holiday sale deals while I’ve been waiting to get the garage set up and get electrical power installed. Total outlay so far is probably in the range of $3000 (my only new tools were the router, and the bandsaw which my wife got me as a birthday/christmas gift). At the moment, I’m not able to do a lot of work without pre-dimensioned lumber as I don’t have the 220V set up necessary for the bandsaw or jointer and don’t yet have the hand planes to handle some of the smaller elements.

Major Power Tools:
Dewalt DW735 with outfield tables on a non-mobile base.
Grizzly G0500 8” jointer.
Grizzly G513X2 17” bandsaw.
Bosch TS3100 on the gravity rise base.
Jet DP14M
Ryobi 10” Sliding Compound Mitre Saw on a stand.
Ryobi Oscillating Spindle Sander
Duracraft Belt/Disc Sander combo.

Other Power Tools:
Bosch 1617EVS Router
Skil Circular Saw.
Dewalt 5” ROS.
Ryobi Cordless nail gun.

Hand Tools:
Gyokucho 9” Dozuki
Suizan 9” Ryoba

Shop outfitting:
So far its pretty crude, but with the help of dad (visiting from AU) we put together a (2×4s with carriage bolts and casters) rough portable lumber rack the other day to hold the hard maple and other wood I picked up. The other fixture I have is a simple workbench, which at the moment holds the sanders and my array of clamps collected from some nice sales. In the plans are some pocket hole cabinets and storage to start organizing things more. I also need to sort out a dust collector which I plan to run with a cyclone and exhaust through a window vent the finer stuff – but as my major tools don’t have power, the portable vac (HEPA, bag, mini-cyclone) will have to do.

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#1 posted 06-03-2019 09:15 PM

Need to get rid of that snowblower and exercise equipment. You’ll soon be old, flabby and hiring someone to remove the snow and mow your yard. Woodworking will be all consuming. :^)

I do like your lumber rack. I need a sheet good rack / panel saw (Swap Saw). I am considering knocking you off on that rack. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 06-03-2019 10:24 PM

Hah, thanks. Hoping I don’t age that quickly! Though it does scare me a little that all these students I’m teaching were born after 2000 and don’t know any of the song references.

Weight set is for craigslist (honeydos keep me fit), and plan is to get an outdoor shed for the mower/blower and some additional lumber storage.

Its probably over-engineered, but if I was going to build it for sheet goods I’d probably still do the shelf rack levels and just mitre them off at the A frame for the additional support and bracing and leave the bottom ones. I’d probably also think about some sort of stop on the end of the lower support as well just to stop the sheet sliding out too far. Might be kind of cool to do for a full sheet on one side, and partials on the other. Measurements are 4 ft for the spans, 6 ft tall on the A frame, but that was mainly driven by garage door height. Angled the 2×4s with a bevel gauge, drilled a straight (parallel to ground) half inch hole through the side into the A-frame, and put through a 6” carriage bolt, but could’ve gone a 5” for the dimensions. Knocked of the angled tops for convenience. You could also think about Long spans are secured with 3” screws face and top, while cross members were done with 3/8th carriage bolts, except for the lowest brace which is half inch and has an extra width to support the casters. Cross bracing is just 2×1” material, though to provide more support for a sheet you could lap fully cross brace, or alternative shorten the space with another A frame to reduce bow if you are planning to set a side up for panel sawing. I went with 175 lb rated casters (2 locking, 2 free), but I kinda wish I went a little heavier duty to make it easier to move with the ~200 bdft of hard maple I have on there.

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#3 posted 06-05-2019 12:44 PM

It looks like you have a good start. You can’t go wrong woodworking during the winter. Did I miss provisions for heat in your new shop? A definite must to qualify as a mancave. I love your wood rack and I am always looking for project wood. Thanks for showing us your shop and keep sending pics of your progress.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#4 posted 06-10-2019 06:35 PM

Very nice….A great start, and nice tools. Thanks for showing!

-- Mike

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#5 posted 08-02-2019 02:42 PM

So progress has finally been made on the shop – the electrician has spent most of the last day getting the shop power setup for me. Have now installed a 100A sub-panel in the garage, and running a 30A 240V circuit for DC, two separate 240V 20A circuit for the bigger tools, and two 2×120V 20A (one circuit), and a 4×120V 20A circuit. Got space to be able to do lighting (LED) in there as well. Plan is for tools to occupy the area between the window and the back wall. Also picked up a 3HP Grizzly blower (from a G1030), and collecting an SDD XL tomorrow.

Next jobs are sorting out some cabinets (going to try the flip top approach for my planer and oscillating spindle, and build a nice extendable Mitre Saw stand), installing the dust collector, and building a small workbench – thinking a modified version of this one for a little more sturdiness – change the flat top to a glue up of edge grain boards, and more support on the rear legs to compensate. I might get fancy and do it via through mortice and tenon:

Will post pictures a little later on.

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