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Castro Valley, CA 94552
United States

My workshop is a work in progress. The cabinet with the sliding doors were based on a plan from shop notes.
I did modify the dimensions so that they occupy the maximum space between the wall and garage door rail.
They were my first attempt at cabinets.
The second cabinet was my router cabinet, the door and drawers were built almost a year later.
The door on router table was my first raised panel door.
The third one, the miter saw station came out of another magzine. I still need to add some leveling screws
to the mitersaw base so that the lumber being cut is flat through out the table and the saw.

I will be changing the rest of the white sears cabinet that were in the garage when I bought the house.

The finishing supply storage is out of the Handyman magazine.
It proved very usefull in a tight space.

The other side of the garage door is occupied by a small lumber rack, a scrap bin on rollers and another
sliding door cabinet.

The bench is harborfreight until I get to make my own.

Dust collection is JDS collector and ceiling filter.

The rule is that every night my wife car is parked inside.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 09:42 AM

Hey Lanwater,
Cool T/S and some great cabinets and benches….well done.

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#2 posted 06-13-2010 02:49 PM

nice set up I like the cabinets


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#3 posted 06-13-2010 03:59 PM

This is a nice shop that you have to work in. It looks to be well organized and efficient. I like the design of the finishing cabinet. These cabinets have lots of storage and occupy a relatively small amount of wall space. Bummer about the wife’s car though. I tried for a long time to keep both a shop and a garage but eventually gave up and just let my truck sit outside. But I can empathize with you about her car as well. If I had to ask my wife to give up her garage space so that I could have a shop I definately would be in the doghouse- literally!

You also have a nice set of tools as well. Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2010 05:19 PM

thats a very nice shop whole bunch cleaner than mine…............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 06:12 AM

The best part of this tablesaw is the stand, it got a jack.
Just a couple of foot press and it’s ready to roll.

I see a lot of great shop around LJ. I plan to “borrow” some ideas to make better.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 09:53 AM

Great set up I’d love one of those saws by the way on pic#6 is that unit hanging up a spare sawstop or a trophy

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#8 posted 06-14-2010 12:46 PM

Nice shop! alota really shiny pretty tools to make us jealous… i like it! lol how are you liking your sawstop? I already got the green light to buy one from the wife because i have seizures on occasion. Sticker shock is hard to overcome though..

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#9 posted 06-14-2010 04:45 PM

Looks like you have to love your saw stop, it appears it has already paid for itself…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 05:02 PM

Nice looking workshop.

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#11 posted 06-14-2010 09:26 PM

Yeah, I kept that thing hanging as a souvenir..

It did not pay for itself but made me $125 poorer. I orginal setup my incra miter for a particular cut and decided to add a 1/4 inch to it after the dry run. I did not do a second dry run before the cut. It was about 1/32 too much, it touched the blade. Definetley my bad.

I did not even see anything hapening. I was wondering were my blade went since I did not here the sound (ear muff), then I looked at my digits then my miter. There was a tiny dent on it.

Otherwise the assembly was painless and everything was label with different colors too so no mistake.

What I dislike about it is that you have to change brake when you want to cut dados. When you do you have to adjust the break height and reajust it again when you go back to you regular blade.

If anyone plan on moving it around like I do, get the whell base that have the jack on it. It is so much easier than my other mobile base.

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Dust collection is as advertised: nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 03:46 AM

Hey nice shop. I noticed you have the harbor freight bench.How do you like it?

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#13 posted 06-15-2010 07:43 AM

Thanks edgar0,

l bought the 60” bench when it was on sale when I started woodworking.
The bench is too narrow. The finish on it is very thin.

I have plans to build my own as soon as I finish the many projects on my todo list.

I really do not like it much but for $149 I cannot complain much.
Everything I bought when I started was from HF. pretty much everything broke fairly quick.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 06-24-2010 06:32 AM

Nice shop Ianwater:
I’ve had the ICS for a few years now and changing from blade to dado and adjusting the brake gets to be quick and painless after awhile, usually you don’t have to adjust the brake. for what it’s worth thats the only time I set my brake off, I changed to the dado stack and never readjusted, the blade I had on was just slightly smaller then the others I have so when I installed the dado stack it was to close to the brake. I pulled the switch on and all I heard was a click the brake was then pushing against the dado head, the saw never even started spinning. Oh well lesson learned.

-- Mike

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 06:41 AM

lanwater nice shop. the white cabinets look fine, why don’t you just build new doors and leave the case.
just a thought.

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