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My shop consists of 1/2 of my two car garage (attached to my townhome) I live in a two story townhome with an attached garage and no basement. I do not own the land my home is on, therefore, cannot build a shop outside. So, instead I no longer park in the garage (but make sure its clean enough so the wife can!) in order to tinker with my new obsession. I don't have many tools, but am working on acquiring some in order to create some of the master pieces similar to those shown on this site. I have received a few hand me down tools from my older brother (Dewalt cordless drill) as well as my dad (Craftsman router/table - that I have yet to use, but am excited to try out) and made my first significant purchase on my new Ryobi 10" compound sliding miter saw as well as the Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes. I also have a bunch of little odds and ends that I purchased off Harbor Freight because I don't have the extra disposable funds to accommodate the bigger brand items. I am looking into an entry level table saw to add to my collection so I don't have to rely on Home Depot to rip my ply and lumber for me, but that may be a bit down the road.

My wife and I work pretty much opposite schedules so I try to sneak some time in the garage during the day while my daughter is taking a nap so I can spend the little bit of time we have at home together. I have found that I am not very good when it comes designing my own projects (not a very creative person), but discovered that I am able to follow directions well from a few of the builds I have made off of plans I've purchased via the web or through fellow woodworkers on sites similar to LJ. By viewing pictures of all of your work I am slowly learning the inner workings on how pieces come together so that maybe one day I can create a piece that is truly my own doing.

Some of the above info should probably be placed on my profile page, but oh well.

I will try and get some pictures of my "shop" up as soon as possible, thanks for looking!

Future projects:

- Ceiling storage in garage to replace metal store bought stuff
- Bed with trundle for my daughters big girl room
- dresser / chest for my daughters big girl room
- New entertainment stand to replace store bought furniture in my living room
- I have a ton more, but they are still in the "approval process" by the wife, lol!

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Hey Dave - welcome to LumberJocks - your world will never be the same! Warning - it's not to late to run!!

I have an opion on your table saw purchase - try to avoid the low cost "table top" versions if possible - they tend to be direct drive and often use non-standard miter slots and often times you can't add a dado blade. Some day you'll want these things…..

Watch Craigslist - tons of people getting rid of there old contractor saws for cheap. Take some time to learn about the saw and how to adjust it, etc….it makes a world of difference.

Good luck with the new hobby!

Jeff
 

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Thanks for the tips Jeff. My dad has an old table saw (possibly Craftsman) just hanging out in the garage back in MI that used to be his dads, maybe he is will to part ways with it (if only on a temporary basis!). Thanks for the encouragement and the advice!
 

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Dave, I am looking forward to a tour of your shop when you get a chance to post some pictures.

I can empathize with you about your shop space. I have often said that I am glad we added another garage in our basement when we built our home that I later converted into my shop . If I had to ask my wife to give up her garage space so that I could have a shop I definitely would have to build a doghouse because I would be outside in the weather before her vehicle would be. :)
 

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Scott -

The tour will probably take about 5 seconds and consist of one or two pictures, but I will get some up here shortly! I did have to move my wife's car out of the garage tonight to get some poly on a few little projects I am currently working on, but it'll just be overnight! I am embarrassed to say this is the first time I have used poly, but feel it went pretty well. We will see tomorrow when it is dry and I am able to add a second coat! Thanks for comments!
 

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Welcome to Lumberjocks, Dave. You'll like it here. Don't worry about it, one of these days you'll have a complete shop with more tools and equipment than you'll ever would have imagined. Just stick with it and you'll get there.
 
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