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Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia; Royersford, PA. I have a modest space about 18×12 in the basement. I make do with it and won’t complain as I Just re-oarganized a bit while isntalling new Dust colelction ducting. Almost done the temporary DC ducting (not grounded). 4” thin walled inexpensive PVC with 4” blastgates and 4” clear tubing to the following machines;
-Jet CTAS-10 Cabinet Saw run on 220V. Refurb almost complete. Was missing locking mechanism for blade height.
-Craftsman Router and Table. Attached to fence Rails on TS. POS cabinet underneath until I build a fresh router table.
-Penn State 1 HP Dust Collector. I realize that is not enough and it is on the list to replace.
-Milwaukee 12” Compounder Sliding Miter Saw. Bought when HD was clearanece them out. Could not be happier with it.
-Powermatic Bench top Mortise machine. Works great. Use this and router and haven’t which I like more.
-Craftsman Benchtop 10” DP. Definately needs replace. Allot of wobble and has seen better days.
-Delta 14” bandsaw. Love this especially with the Timberwolf blades.
-Jet Spindle sander Bougt it for a song for kid for his Pinewood Derbies.
-Craftsman 6” and 4X36 benchtop sander
-Jet JWL-1220 Midi Lathe with 3/4Hp. Newest addition and love it.

I have bought almost all of my tools used and am an admitted craigslist junkie. Hence why I have relatively low dollar in to the large power tools themselves. Roughly 2K by just buying what I find great deals on. Whether I need it or not. Hence why I am missing some key tools. The joiner and planer. I have managed around it with help from friends. But they are on my list. The Planer first, since I have been able to use the router in lieu of the jointer.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 01-09-2011 04:48 AM

Hey Sgt,
Now that is a real cool little set-up with lots of great toys to play with…good job.

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#2 posted 01-09-2011 03:49 PM

Sgtsprout, this looks like you have managed to put together a pretty nice looking shop. It appears to be well organized, with plenty of storage and you have some nice tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I had fun touring your shop.

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

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 03:58 PM

Thanks guys. I like what I have so far. And with some luck with a nice long life I can amass much more tools and or even grow my shop.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 07:14 PM

nice shop! You have found a way to fit an impressive amount of tools into limited space.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 04:34 PM

Hey Sgt, we’re neighbors, I’m in Broomall, PA. I thought I heard a dust collection system running. How LOUD is it? I’m working out of a two car garage. I’m using my 5 gal craftsman shop vac on some of my machines, it’s too small to be effective on my larger ones. The only machine louder and more annoying than my shop vac is my Grizzly 12 1/2” thickness planer. I would like to install a dust collection system, but I don’t want to annoy my neighbors. Get back to me about the noise and if it is annoying your neighbors or your family upstairs.

-- The wood is good.

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 08:35 PM

Just stumbled upon your shop. I am right down the road in Phoenixville. I have been playing in the world of woodworking now for just over a year and am hooked. I like your overall design and assembly of quality tools. Thanks for including the blue print diagram as I am also a basement shop and constantly looking for ideas to improve flow.

Take care,

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 08:43 PM

Nice shop! tell me about the cabinets you’ve got under all your bench top tools. Are they home-made or purchased?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 11:20 PM

Thanks. your welcome to come by and check out my lack of space and how I fumble over everything. I am in the same boat. Constantly moving things around. Already moved my lathe and still trying to figure out what works best. And I don’t even have a planer or jointer yet.

Can you keep a secret? I might be chastised here but I bought these cabinets. I am a man who weighs the costs of everything. As it turned out I got lucky when Lowes clearance these out. Had to goto the 2 nearest Lowes but ended up buying these for under $20 each. Spent about $150 for all 9 of them. I couldn’t figure out how I could possibly make these for near that price with the hinges, slides and hardware. I could have made cabinets without slides though but chose not figured how could I pass this up. By the way. I bought every cabinet left in the store then rushed to the next store and bought all them.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 11:25 PM

Nice looking shop! What brand of table saw is that?

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 11:50 PM

It is a Jet-CTAS10 Table Saw. An older model that they do not support but have found Jet to have good customer service. And thanks by the way.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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