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Welcome to my happy place.

We have a detached, oversized double garage. The car gets one side and the shop gets the remainder - about 425 sq feet. I had been sourcing used tools for years with the hope of one day having a shop. I had a gas line roughed into the garage about 15 years ago and 4 years ago I tore out everything (it was half insulated) and rewired and reinsulated the space myself. A friend was able to source a ceiling mounted gas heater (ie free) and a neighbour's son was a gas fitter and he gave me a great rate on the install. It's way oversize for the space: I can raise the temp from 40F to 60F in 10 minutes. Smartest thing I did was to put up ¾" plywood on the walls rather than drywall. I can hang things virtually anywhere. I added 4 foot lights over the critical areas (5 in total).

Just about everything is on some form of mobile base including the table saw/router table combo. The 2 lathes and the bench are the only things that sit on the floor. Most of the machines are 20+ years old. I've cleaned them up, replaced or refurbished what needed to be done and they have been serving me well. Like most, I've built my own storage/tool cabinets (other than 2 used rolling metal tool cabinets). I recently rebuilt my cut off sled, mitre/spline sled and router table fence. I also have an old INCRA fence for the router table - I can easily swap those in and out when required.

The main dust collection comes from a 3HP dust collector which connects to the main dust makers via 4" metal pipe and/or hose. I built a cart to house the shop vac/dust deputy set up which primarily serves the band saw and the lathe by way of a 2 ½" hose or can be moved around the shop for general clean up duties. There are 2 other smaller shop vacs: one services the drill press, the other is housed in the mitre saw cabinet and turns on when the trigger on the mitre saw is engaged. I have an overhead air cleaner as well as shop built rolling air cleaner driven by a furnace squirrel fan (credit to Jay Bates for the YouTube build video).

I redesigned the air flow through the table saw to help with improved dust collection. One day I'll post pictures and description of what I did. On this unit the dust port was on the lower right of the cabinet. It is now on the lower rear. More on that at another time.

Equipment wise:

3HP Delta Unisaw
Rockwell 6" jointer
Canadian General model 160 Lathe with an aftermarket VFD
King Industrial 14" bandsaw with riser kit
Dewalt DW735 planer
Ridgid Drill Press
Hitachi 12" sliding compound mitre saw

I standardized on Ryobi to enable easy battery swap between tools (drills, circular saw, grinder). A mix of routers (Porter Cable, Hitachi and Bosch - all corded). The Hitachi is installed on the router lift in the table as its the only one with variable speed control.

Hand tools are a mix of Kijiji finds or hand me downs which I've restored/refurbished.

All in all … a fun place to make sawdust.

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Nice setup! I like the wall tool cabinet and shop made router table.
Looks plenty big for making sawdust!
 

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Your work shop is very nice, well organized, and super clean! I really like your reconditioned Unisaw. I came really close to getting a General lathe like yours at an auction. I missed the timing on bidding and didn't get it. It has great capacity and features. I hope you enjoy your shop as much as I enjoy mine.
 

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fantastic shop space,looks like you got a pretty good setup.thanks for sharing the dream.
 

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Very nice! I love organization and you have done well ion that dept. Good tools, I had that fence on a TS I had before I bought a Saw stop. While I love the saw, that is a so much better of a fence! Well done! great space!
 

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Great looking garage shop!
 

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From a fellow Calgarian! Good looking shop and set-up.
 

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Nicely setup shop, looks like a great space to work, even though you have to share it a vehicle. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects.
 

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Good looking shop! Really clean too! Now that your pics are done, go make some sawdust!

Jake
 
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