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When we bought this property, there was an existing shop building which made it a good fit for our objectives. The original building with the gambrel roof measured 16' across and 24' deep. After a lot of consideration, we decided to add 20' to the side of the existing structure, making the shop portion of the building 36' wide by 24' deep.

The loft in the old section of the structure measures 16' by 24' with a 7' ceiling. We added shelves along each side wall and store household items as well as smaller cuts of wood up there.

A main objective was to have my tablesaw centrally-located with left and right support tables as well as outfeed support. I can place a full 4' by 8' sheet to the operator's left of the saw, then maneuver it to make the cut. There is ample outfeed distance to fully support the material after a cut. Another factor in building the tablesaw support tables in this manner is to keep all associated dust collection duct from having to run across the floor. The table to the left of the operator's position of the tablesaw can also hold my Incra LS fence system. I set six threaded inserts into the table for easy installation and removal of the fence base.

Among the first things I installed when I started outfitting my shop is an Oneida 3hp Super Dust Gorilla. In time, I ran galvanized steel duct to most of my machines.

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Hey Bill, I just now looked at your shop. SWEET, I am envious man. How much property do you have?
 

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We're in a county development and have the house at the end of a cul-de-sac. The lot is a bit of a pie shape and totals to just over one acre. The main criteria when searching for property here when we decided to move from Florida in 2006 was a house with a good layout but not too big along with a shop building or space to build one. This turned out to be everything we wanted, including some great neighbors!
 

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Very nice shop! A couple of questions about work flow and layout. I notice that you have the chopsaw adjacent to the large TS outfeed - so you get both ripping and crosscutting in one location with an apparent efficient use of space including the fact you've incorporated the router table in the outfeed table. Do you ever feel any loss at not being able to move around the operator right side?

Does the dust collection duct enter the TS/CS/Router station at operator right somewhere? I see what looks like DC duct on the floor to the right of the last table saw outfeed image. (Nice DC too!)
 

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@johngoes: I've had no issue with CMS set up the way it is. In some ways, it would be nice to be able to walk the full area but I like what I've got.

On your DC question: I need to add more photos for clarity. I have a 6" main running around the ceiling to the mid-point above the TS surround tables. It drops down the wall, goes under the table to a 6-5-4 wye. The 5" side goes to the TS; the 4" side to the router station.

Incidentally, a lot of this is in transition with updates to my TS, fence system and router station. More on that as time allows.
 

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Wonderful shop it looks great.
 
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