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What was your best wood shop improvement?

by Sandon
posted 09-10-2018 11:00 PM


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CWWoodworking

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#1 posted 09-10-2018 11:13 PM

If you glue up a lot of panels and don’t have a lot of space(most of us), build a clamp rack that hangs the panels from the ceiling. For around 100$ you can glue up panels and actually still see your floor. Also work for doors.

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 11:29 PM

A bunch of lights. Or a workbench. It’s a tossup.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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pottz

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 11:30 PM

my assembly bench with outlets for electric,air lines,vertical clamp rack,t-tracks on the top for holding things down,paper roll holder and enough storage space for everything needed for project assembly,on wheels for mobility.

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

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fivecodys

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 11:32 PM

Dust collection system…hands down.

http://lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/2107897-438x.jpg?1532986619

Runner up would be the LED lighting from Costco. I swapped out all 8 of my florescent fixtures for LED.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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Samdog

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 11:40 PM

Heat.

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lumbering_on

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#6 posted 09-10-2018 11:50 PM

The best thing I did was enlarge my driveway so I could keep my wife’s car and mine outside.

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Rayne

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#7 posted 09-10-2018 11:56 PM

Mini Split…by far. Without it, I would be limited to maybe 3 – 5 months of woodworking before succumbing to heat or humidity.

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fuigb

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#8 posted 09-10-2018 11:57 PM

Rolling workbenches and wheels under all of my tools. In 15 minutes I can have the entire shop out in the drive and humming. I get more equipment in place than the army did on Omaha beach.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 09-10-2018 11:59 PM

Wood floor vs. concrete.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 09-11-2018 12:13 AM

Oooohhh

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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CWWoodworking

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#11 posted 09-11-2018 12:17 AM



Dust collection system…hands down.

http://lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/2107897-438x.jpg?1532986619

Runner up would be the LED lighting from Costco. I swapped out all 8 of my florescent fixtures for LED.

- fivecodys

These are both excellent.

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theoldfart

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#12 posted 09-11-2018 12:20 AM

workbench, without a doubt.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Knockonit

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#13 posted 09-11-2018 12:22 AM

refrigerator, for that cold libation, whether it be alcohol related or otherwise, and much like dont drink and drive, don’t drink and cut or machine,

but gotta admit, having cold water, at a moments reach, well, ..................

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Knockonit

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#14 posted 09-11-2018 12:25 AM

lol, actually it was the new to me delta 150inch blade band saw, boy howdy, does it cut thru the mother nature goods, and i’m liking it more and more, sure is one big boy for sure

love me some band saw.

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Dark_Lightning

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#15 posted 09-11-2018 12:42 AM

My SawStop Job Site saw [ducks]. I’d like to get a larger band saw, but there wouldn’t be any room for it if I had it. I’m in a minor fraction of a two-car garage. Smitty’s wood floor brought tears to my eyes.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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CWWoodworking

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#16 posted 09-11-2018 12:48 AM



Wood floor vs. concrete.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

When I retire, this is what I want. I wood floor and hand tools. And more beer than wood

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Rich

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#17 posted 09-11-2018 01:06 AM

A wet bar, stocked with premium whiskeys, and a small opium den that doubles as a spray booth.

Mellow is as mellow does.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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socrbent

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#18 posted 09-11-2018 01:13 AM

1. SawStop Cabinet Saw, 2. Nova DVR XP lathe, 3. electrical wiring, 4. work bench

-- socrbent Ohio

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CWWoodworking

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#19 posted 09-11-2018 01:17 AM



1. SawStop Cabinet Saw, 2. Nova DVR XP lathe, 3. electrical wiring, 4. work bench

- socrbent

I need a new cabinet saw like you would not beliece.

What saw did you have before SS?

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sras

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#20 posted 09-11-2018 03:32 AM

Can’t decide between

1. Sink
2. Dust collection
3. Lights – lots of LED lights

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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msinc

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#21 posted 09-11-2018 03:37 AM

Too hard to narrow it down to just one. In no particular order…these are the big ones:

1. Built a separate detached building from my house {so I wasn’t filling the house up with dust}

2. Bought my own sawmill {no more buying wood, got plenty of very cost effective lumber piled up}

3. Large 6ft X 6ft solid white oak workbench complete with pattern makers vise

4 Installed Shelix heads on my jointer and planer {where this really shines is when you have to change blades}

5. 200 amp service with plenty of dual gang outlets and separate breakers for the right and left receptacles…also, dedicated service to each machine.

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therealSteveN

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#22 posted 09-11-2018 03:52 AM

I don’t know if a single thing will narrow it down

Dust Collection

Lighting

Climate/humidity control

All 3 of those are deal breakers if I don’t have them, and I cannot separate their importance. I give them equal weight.

A wood floor would be fabulous, but at the cost it comes placing those stall mats from Tractor Supply in front of all your frequently used machines is just a small amount of $$$$$ and if you are on a mat, I can’t tell if it was wood, concrete, sand, dirt under it. Takes that pain right out of your low back.

Tractor Supply stall mats

-- Think safe, be safe

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WoodenDreams

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#23 posted 09-11-2018 07:10 AM

A 8’ long gluing and clamping table (allows me to keep my work bench available while waiting for glue ups to cure), and or a Grizzly G1531 Edge Sander 80” x 6”.

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jtdon

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#24 posted 09-11-2018 10:30 AM

1. 100% LED lighting
2. 100% Rubber mats over entire floor area
3. heated and cooled

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Fred Hargis

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#25 posted 09-11-2018 10:33 AM



Dust collection system…hands down.

http://lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/2107897-438x.jpg?1532986619

Runner up would be the LED lighting from Costco. I swapped out all 8 of my florescent fixtures for LED.

- fivecodys


+1 to both points.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Peteybadboy

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#26 posted 09-11-2018 11:09 AM

Monster racks hanging from the ceiling for material, then the hand drill rack (you can see in my project list, many out there), then the Kreg mobile work table with clamping T track.

-- Petey

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becikeja

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#27 posted 09-11-2018 11:12 AM

Wireless ear protection to pipe in the tunes

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Sandon

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#28 posted 09-11-2018 11:24 AM

Thank you all for the comments and suggestions!

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EarlS

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#29 posted 09-11-2018 11:32 AM

Storage – lots and lots of storage space, preferably cabinets with doors so the stored items don’t get dusty and they are out of the way.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Redoak49

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#30 posted 09-11-2018 01:45 PM

1. Dust Collector 5 hp

2. Sawstop

3. Nova Voyager Drill Press

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splintergroup

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#31 posted 09-11-2018 06:58 PM

Tools aside, best improvements for the shop was to replace the 32 fluorescent bulbs in my lights with LEDs (even though it cost slightly over $200), second was adding heat for winter woodworking.

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Peteybadboy

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#32 posted 09-11-2018 08:07 PM

good lighting is also a must. Now LED is available. Incra sled was also a great add for accuracy.

-- Petey

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Woodknack

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#33 posted 09-11-2018 08:10 PM

1. tool wall

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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HokieKen

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#34 posted 09-11-2018 08:15 PM

Workbench was definitely the biggest improvement in how I work. Biggest improvement in shop organization was probably making a cart to hold lumber.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Sandon

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#35 posted 09-12-2018 02:33 AM

Well, I think the goals for me are to go to Leds, get a mini split, run 220 and an additional 110 line out to the workshop and get a mini split. Wood flooring would be nice, I have a work bench and a tool wall and use foam pads in several spots and most tools are on casters( just need to fix the driveway to floor transition. My old 3 hp Oneida needs to be hooked up. I went from about 550 sq ft to 200 sq ft and 11 ft ceilings to 7. Thank you for all the comments and suggestions.

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OSU55

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#36 posted 09-12-2018 12:27 PM

No specific order:

Hvac
Led lighting
Good shoes/boots vs mats/wood floor
Windows
Hand planes instead of sandpaper
Planer, TS, router table
Dust collection
Air compressor
Excellent spray gun
Spray booth

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jimintx

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#37 posted 09-12-2018 02:15 PM

1. Fully insulated and added A/C (I feel this is imperative for my local weather)

2, “Huge” array of single bulb lights, and multi-bulb fluorescent fixtures (part of a complete shop rewire)

3. Installation of a lot of cabinets (quick and easy using ready-made unfinished from HD)

I love my array of tools, but before the above features were installed, it was not an easy space in which to use those machines and devices.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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sras

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#38 posted 09-12-2018 02:19 PM

I’ll add to my list with this one:

Getting EVERYTHING out of the shop that did not belong in the shop. Examples are paint cans, drop cloths, and mechanics tools. Also putting a limit on scrap wood storage

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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pottz

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#39 posted 09-12-2018 02:22 PM



I ll add to my list with this one:

Getting EVERYTHING out of the shop that did not belong in the shop. Examples are paint cans, drop cloths, and mechanics tools. Also putting a limit on scrap wood storage

- sras

ill agree to this one,did the same.

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

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YesHaveSome

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#40 posted 09-12-2018 02:35 PM

1) Mini Split
2) Added a subpanel and rewired the whole shop and installed new lighting. Have outlets all over the place and 100+ lumens psf
3) Scrap wood storage cart

-- But where does the meat go?

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GR8HUNTER

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#41 posted 09-12-2018 02:41 PM

wheels under all tools ….. keep cabinets off floor space :<))

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

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xeddog

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#42 posted 09-12-2018 03:36 PM

Outlets out the a…. uh…. lots of outlets. Both 110V and 220V and several different circuits. Compressed air piping with several hose connection points (with water drains). Extension cords mounted in the ceiling on cable sliders so you can have power right where you need it for hand sanders and the like. Deep sink. Micro fiber dust collection canister. All tools on wheels (except drill press. Too top heavy). Garage door insulation. LED lighting. LOTS of LED lighting. Wall storage (slat wall??)
I must admit that I don’t have all of the above, but I would like to have the things I don’t have. I could probably add a few things too.

Wayne

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AlaskaGuy

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#43 posted 09-12-2018 08:02 PM

Switching from wood heat to natural gas heat.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Runner

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#44 posted 09-12-2018 11:08 PM

Lots of outlets and heat for the winter.

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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CWWoodworking

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#45 posted 09-13-2018 01:32 AM



I ll add to my list with this one:

Getting EVERYTHING out of the shop that did not belong in the shop. Examples are paint cans, drop cloths, and mechanics tools. Also putting a limit on scrap wood storage

- sras

If sweating for bucks, this would be almost at the top.

I don’t do custom so I have a ton of shorts that I have a hard time letting go of. I usually save them and throw them out in the end. I always have to remind myself that I figure 25% waste, pitch it!

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oldnovice

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#46 posted 09-13-2018 02:50 AM

My LED lights, more light, no warm up, no flicker, no hum, and no bugs drawn to them.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Charlie H.

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#47 posted 09-13-2018 02:08 PM

A year ago I replaced four 4 tube T12 light fixtures with eight 2 tube LED fixtures and the difference is remarkable.
I want to add four more fixtures too.
In the past few months I did a complete overhaul of the two car garage that included a merciless removal of 95+% of all non woodworking related material, a subpanel, new paint, portable AC unit, rolling clamp rack, rolling wood cart, and ‘permanent’ machine locations.
Since I can’t work without light I will put that as #1.
Clearing out the non-woodworking stuff and a pile of wood scraps is probably #2 because that just made everything better.
I have no idea how I survived for 30 years without the new electricity and the new electricity has allowed me to run a portable AC so the subpanel is #3 and the AC is #4.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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MrRon

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#48 posted 09-13-2018 04:19 PM

200 amp service. I never have to worry about tripping a breaker. I can use any 110/220 appliance , many at the same time, like a 3 hp saw, DC, air conditioning, lighting, welding, etc. Sometimes my son will be working in my shop doing his own project, so many machines can be running at the same time. Also lots of electrical outlets.

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olegrump

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#49 posted 09-13-2018 08:55 PM

I work out of a 1 1/2 car garage that also has to house garden equipment. Two things I have done which have made a HUGE difference in the space available and the ease of getting work done. 1. Clean out ALL the crap that gets relegated to the space (often by the wife) or is busted, rusted or otherwise out of commission. (Vintage wood working tools or machinery awaiting restoration exempted of course.) Throw out, donate, dispose of EVERYTHING that is of no use to you. If you can’t mill some of those old nasty looking wood pieces into something useful, throw them in the burn pile. The dump IS your friend. 2. Organize your work space. This doesn’t have to take up all your shop time. Pick one area and spend one hour a couple of afternoons or evenings a week sorting it out. I purged the pegboard over my general work bench last February, and hung ONLY those tools I might need on it. No need to hang EVERY screwdriver and pair of pliers I own, just the few that I may use there. Relocate the surplus tools to OTHER areas of the shop where you WILL need them. Saves time, space and a hell of a lot of steps.. Place the tools and items you use with a specific machine with or near that machine. These two simple, but often overlooked “upgrades” have made a MAJOR difference in using the shop space.

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mathguy1981

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#50 posted 09-13-2018 09:58 PM

This is a great thread. I’m just getting my shop set up and so far ‘borrowing’ an AC vent from the rest of the house is my next upgrade, especially because in the attic the HVAC unit is about 8 feet from the garage. I’ve already insulated the garage door and that made about a 20 degree difference (TX). Once I have 72 degree air circulating it will really be nice.
And the brand new 3 HP Grizzly G0651 and new subpanel (3 new 110V, 1 220V) aren’t too shabby either.

-- Two thumbs and counting

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