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Hi, all

New to this forum but a lifelong woodworker. Mostly traditional furniture construction but I have other hobbies as well.

Still working on setting up my new workshop. Nearly finished the dust collection system. It’s a 28 by 46 foot “garage.” Moved into this space over the past couple of months from my prior very cramped 24×24 foot shop. Have quite a stash of walnut and cherry that has been air dried about 10 years (have used about half of it over the past few years). The shop is super insulated and is heated and cooled by a 1.5 ton heat pump. I installed the ductwork for the HVAC inside the room to maximize efficiency (avoid heat or cooling loss outside the conditioned space as would occur if the air handler or duct work were upstairs.)

Haven’t quite settled on tool positions yet, so some tools are still moving around. Need dust collection hooked up to the two band saws but will probably use a shop vac with an automatic switch.

I mounted my Performax drum sander on top of my 20 inch planer when I was in my previous shop to save floor space. Not sure I want it there now that I’ve got room to spread out. We’ll see.

I’d like to upgrade to a 10 or 12 inch jointer, and add a milling machine for my metal working projects. The dust collector, a 2 hp grizzly unit, seems to work fine in this arrangement, but am looking at a 3hp Oneida cyclone unit. The planer dumps into a 30 gal separator before going to the duct collector, though, so that reduces the frequency of emptying the collector bag substantially. So for right now, this collector seems to do the job as long as I limit it to one or two machines at a time with the blast gates.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.


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MinnesotaMarty

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 02:22 PM

Sawdustdad,
Very nice building for a workshop!! Is there an attic or space in those dormers? Your complement of tools is similar to mine, in about a third the space all on the second level of my garage, I have about 450 sq. ft. which am in the process of finishing off similar to yours.
Again, great looking building.

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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sawdustdad

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 03:29 PM

Hi, Marty,
Yes there is a complete upstairs. We are using it for storage at this point as it is unfinished.

-Frank

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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moke

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 04:08 PM

Awesome shop Frank….we are all “turning green”!!!
Mike

-- Mike

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#4 posted 12-25-2015 12:47 AM

god I hate you, you suck-lol no I want you to adopt me,ill sweep your shop whatever have to do.nice layout love it even with plenty of room id keep all the machine on mobile bases just because as time goes on im always tinkering the layout just makes it easier-merry Christmas and welcome to lj’s

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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sawdustdad

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 03:50 AM

Thanks for the compliments, guys. It’s really my dream shop. I’ve lived with a much smaller shop for 35 years. This building is at what will be our retirement home (14 months and counting).

About half the tools have mobile bases—except the Unisaw, the Hitachi resaw, the jet sander and the two lathes. I’m sure I’ll move stuff around over time as well.

I’m into a number of other hobbies including boating, fishing, shooting sports and cub cadet tractors. I have a second shop for the tractors…

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 10:39 PM

You have a wonderful shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 03:30 PM

Outstanding shop that’s laid out well and has super equipment too

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 02:39 PM

Very nice! Your shop is about the same floor space as mine, but seems to be a lot more open. I guess over time I’ve cluttered mine up! I did set a wall to separate an area for what I call my “metalworking” space. This includes a metal lathe and a Bridgeport knee mill. Not a lot of room for that equipment, but most of what I do with metal isn’t big stuff. I would like to have a completely separated room for the “dirty” metalworking, but that isn’t going to happen soon.

It’s nice that you have an oxygen tank in the corner of your shop to keep your plants healthy!!

My shop sits 9’ underground at back wall. Hydronic floor heating, but no A/C. Attic trusses give me plenty of storage upstairs and a heated office towards front.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#9 posted 12-28-2015 04:16 PM

Very nice shop.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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sawdustdad

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#10 posted 12-29-2015 02:38 AM

The metal working stuff is just here temporarily until I can make room in the other garage. The thought of welding or grinding and throwing sparks all over the place in a woodworking shop is just too scary. 8^O

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#11 posted 12-30-2015 03:38 AM

Stellar!!!

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English

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#12 posted 01-08-2016 01:15 PM

Very nice shop. I don’t know what I would do with all that space ( green with envy)

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#13 posted 01-11-2016 08:25 PM

Nice shop!!! Tell us more about the dust collection please. What size and lengths of the ducts you are using? Number of drops?

Thanks for sharing.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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sawdustdad

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#14 posted 01-13-2016 02:33 AM

Dust collection is a 2hp grizzly machine with a pleated filter. There is a single six inch metal duct running most of the length of the shop at the ceiling. As of right now I only have two drops—a 4 inch drop that splits into three machines with blast gates—TS, Shaper, and router table. The end of the main trunk line is a 6 inch drop that splits into a 5 inch line for the 20 inch planer and a pair of 4 inch lines to the jointer and the drum sander. I put two additional Wye joints in the main trunk line for future lines and drops. I have shop vacs hooked up to the bandsaw and Hitachi resaw using auto start switches. I’ll probably tire of that arrangement as the shop vacs make more noise than the dust collector. The 20 inch planer actually has a 30 gal chip separator before it goes to the duct collector.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#15 posted 01-13-2016 02:35 AM

I’m super jelly.

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

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