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My shop tour has moved.

Due to my involvement in multiple forums, and not wanting to rewrite my shop tours everywhere every time I make a change, I have moved the detailed shop tour.

It is now permanently housed in a sub page of my blog, and will be updated there as updates to my shop take place.

The tour is located at…

http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/p/the-workshop.html

A quick description though that will likely more or less stay this way.

My workshop is at this time an 18×20 attached garage, with a sloping floor. I have a dedicated 60 amp sub panel, and 110 - 220v outlets through the shop broken into 3 main circuits. Tools, HVAC, and Dust collection / Air Compressor.

Tools are an assortment of everything from the cheapest possible, even cheaper than Harbor Freight stuff as finds off of Amazon, all the way up to Snap On mechanics tools, so I run the gamut.

I have 2 clamshell pegboard cabinets made from older Wood Magazine plans, one holding 2 39 drawer plastic small parts bins etc… great for storage.

My benchtop tools are no longer on the tool stacker shown in the pics here but instead on shop made flip top tool carts. The grinder / sharpening station is on a shop built stand, just a basic column, 4 leg base and a a platform.. Yeah I might update pics once I manage to clean it all up…

Tool selection is fairly complete with all the major tools,

Byobi BT3100 Table saw with wide table / router table. The table saw side wing has an added drawer holding my table saw accessories.
Northern Industrial 13" 16 speed floor model Drill press with shop made drill press table, and Rockler drill press accessory tray mounted on a Harbor Freight mobile base. I need to fix the mobile base so the stretches quit bowing…
Chicago Electric 12" sliding miter saw. Freakishly good slider for the money, but oh boy is it big. I REALLY want to upgrade to a Hitachi / Metabo HPT 12" slider.
Central Machinery mortiser,
Central Machinery 14" band saw with riser block and a truck load of mods to match a top line Grizzly G0555 variant. I just need a better fence on it.
Dremel 16" scroll saw
Sunhil SM-150B 6-1/8" benchtop jointer, Knives were a pain to find, but I managed it so I can keep it going.
Ryobi AP1301 13" planer
Rigid EB4424 Oscillating belt / spindle sander,
Ryobi 8" bench grinder / sharpening station,
Central Machinery 12×36 lathe,
Central Machinery 2HP dust collector with Neutral Vane, Wynn filter and Wen 12" impeller. This is hooked up to 5" sheet metal mains. HUGE performance improvement.
Central Pnuematic 8 gallon, and 29 gallon air compressors in a dual compressor rig piped into the shop with a rapidaire clone setup and a Central Pnuematic 50' hose reel.
various drills, biscuit cutters and on and on.

Roll cart and top box of mechanics tools, plus heavy duty floor jack, assortment of jack stands etc…

Thanks for looking!

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This is a nice shop space that you have. I can empathize with you about the "non-essentials" in there. My wife seems to think that whenever she has something that she needs long term storage for that my shop is the logical place to do it. And, of course, her garage space is totally off limits!!

But it looks like you have organized your shop well and you have some nice tools to play with. I like the drill press table. Putting that table on, improves the functionality of it.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.
 

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Yeah, that DP table was one of my better additions. A fellow forum member from another site that is local to my area had it and sold it to me about half price… Been mostly happy with it. Had to reinforce the pockets that the thread inserts go into with CA glue though. Humidity is not its friend…
 

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Good shop thanks for sharing
 

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Nice Shop, I like the size of your lathe, the lathe is on my long list, I turn cnc, so I can get quick projects done at work. You asked about the base on my jointer, real simple, a piece of plywood with 4 swivel
wheels bolted to it. I tacked some L shaped 3/4" oak stock at each leg to insure I would not knock the
jointer off the base. As you have to move your stuff a lot in your garage this is a cheap solution, with the
exception of my table saw, everything is on a plywood base with wheels.
bob
 

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nice shop db it lookslike you found some good deals on some nice tools.
 

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DB: Did you put a baffle in your DC too? I was wondering how that would work if you had an external one also.
 

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I had one in the inlet ring, I took it out before I put the barrel separator together. I never gave it much thought for having 2 baffles…

I have seen guys do a Thien cyclone pre separator, and a Pentz type Neutral Vane with an HF DC. Not a bad way to go..

And yeah, I bargain shopped like crazy to get my shop together. I paid full price for very little in my shop… I tried to catch everything used, or on sale, and if there was a sale, I tried to combine coupons when I could like at Harbor Freight or Rockler…
 

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Ooops double post.
 

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Just as a suggestion to anyone doing a new shop or renovating. Spend the money on epoxying your floor. Clean up is a breeze and it really helps with the lighting.
 

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Agreed. I did not think of it when I started, and wish I had before I had gotten very far… For what it's worth, the garage is a temporary home as it were for the shop. The long term plan is still a dedicated building in the back yard… Plans call for 12×16 mini barn on a slab. Before the first tool gets moved in there, or even the first piece of peg board goes in, the floor will get a coat of floor epoxy coat.
 

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yo whats up how good does the 2 stage dust collection work for you
 

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It really sucks. And I mean that in a good way…

I have had it in place for 6 weeks now. Filled and emptied the drum 3 times now, almost to fill up #4, and still have less than a cup of dust in the lower bag….

I tap the DC filter down after every use to knock the fines out of the filter and into the bag, I get very little out of it…

I need to add some weather strip under the cinch strap though, I get a teeny bit of blowby that needs to get solved still…

All in all I am very happy with the rig.

The 2 stage Shop Vac DC now lives right under the extension wing of the table saw. LOVE that location. Hose gets to the bench real easy, and to the shark guard no problem…
 

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thats crazy I have to run down my drive way backwards and shake the dust off the filter to my shop vac or the dust gets all over everything. And I do that about every 3 weeks.
 

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If you have the room, I would say put together one of these Thien cyclones to go in line before your shop vac. It does a GREAT job keeping your filter clear for WAY longer. Before I got the HF DC, I used a Thien equipped shop vac setup. My only problem with that rig is it wasn't quite enough to keep up with all 3 ports on my table saw…
 

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Great shop! One question…...What's the wood spliter for? Maybe you start out with rougher wood than me?
I see you use the same router bits as me. I'm very satisfied with MLCS and their Katana bits.
I bet you get grreat pleasure in that shop. Nice.
Rand
 

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The wood splitter is for firewood. The shop is also my garage…

I have not used it for splitting logs to a usable size for resawing, but have considered it.
 

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dbhost,

Great Shop! Where are your curtains??? :)

John
 
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