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Recently built an outside shed for the dust collector. In addition to opening up some valuable shop space, it's a lot quieter and cleaner. The overhead sch 40 PVC duct was previously installed, and it was only necessary to turn around some tees to reverse the direction of flow. There are three 4" drops; one behind the bandsaw, one for the table saw and one for the downdraft table. There is also a 2 1/2" drop that connects to each of the five work stations in the middle of the floor.

There are two 20 amp circuits in the garage. All the woodworking machines are connected to one circuit since I can only operate one at a time, and the other circuit powers the dust collector and some convenience outlets. I'm very thankful for my wife who gave up her parking space for the shop, and also did the putty and paint job on the shed.

The old Total Shop machine (a Shopsmith "knock-off") was a gift many years ago, but it's "clunky" and takes up a fair amount of space. The attached band saw and jointer have been replaced by stand alone machines, but it makes a great sanding station with a 6" belt, a 12" disk, and a 14" x 18" cast iron table with a real miter gauge. The features I'm most dependent on are the horizontal boring capability, and the lathe with a 16" swing; these features were both indispensable for making the rim for the banjo project. The Total Shop also powers the custom built thickness sander which is shown as one of my first projects. I guess it doesn't take up that much space for all it does - but it's still a bit "clunky".

I'm really pleased with the new router "cabinet" with the Jessem lift. The Husky cabinet next to it now has a 1" marble/granite (?) top. I stopped by a nearby business that makes custom counter tops and asked if they had a 1 ft square cast off I could use for a sharpening platform. He came back with an 18" x 60" piece tucked under his arm and said it was mine if I could use it. Never worked with stone before, but I shortened it by about a foot using a 3" harbor freight cutoff saw to etch a line about 1/4 inch deep. Then I knocked the end off with a hard plastic mallet.

The last photo shows the sanding station. The downdraft table works pretty well. It has a few stiffeners for the top, and some baffles in the bottom to help funnel the air flow to the 4" duct on the right. The top is a 2 ft x 4 ft piece of pegboard. It works well, but the white rubs off on pieces getting sanded. I don't know if the dark pegboard would be different, but maybe someday I will find out. The sanding station also serves as the painting station when needed. The spindle sander is the newest piece of equipment and it is already getting a lot of use. I use a big gulp hood in addition to the built in dust port which catches most of the dust.

The Cutech Jointer was purchased last year. I'm so pleased with it I can't imagine buying anything else. It is light, relatively quiet, and doesn't tend to bog down since it's not pushing six inches of steel through a single cut. The spiral cutters are barely 1/2" in width, and maintenance free after truing the tables and the initial setup. I plan on getting a set of spare cutters - just in case- but debating on high speed steel vs. carbide. Any suggestions?

The Rigid thickness planner has had a lot of use, but it's been in the shop twice for repairs. That's a 60 mile drive each way to an approved repair shop, but thank goodness for the 3 year warranty. The warranty is expired now, so if it goes on the blink again I'll send right out for the Cutech planner.

The 14" Craftsman band saw is less than two years old. I started out going for a Grizzly, but was swayed by several features - including the price - and my own needs. The 8" resaw depth is nice. I haven't needed it yet, but the lower bout of a guitar is about 16" and it would be handy to resaw an 8" book matched set for a guitar back in the future. I know riser blocks are available for the Grizzly, but why bother if you don't need them? The large cast iron table (14" x 20") is nice too. The Rikon fence was an extra, but it was a straight up bolt on with wing nuts for easy removal and replacement. For me the table saw - Grizzly G0771 - is the go-to saw for most uses.

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a very NICE SHOP :<))
 

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Thanks for your comments. My dad had a skill saw and saw horses. I'm still trying to be as skillful as he was.
 

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great shop space looks well organized.welcome to lumber jocks.
 

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Very well organized shop. You have a great view out the window too!
So what's your secret to getting the wife to give up her parking space?
I strike out every time I try! :(
 

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Very nice, good tools and great organization…..I like your new addition with the space for DC….
Thanks for showing!
Mike
 

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Good looking space. I am still negotiating with my wife to allow me room to work.

Also careful with that IPA on the router table hate to see anything start to rust. ;)
 

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I just came across your workshop and I noticed that you have a Shopsmith. I have the Mark V with the new powerpro head. It is a great addition. I'm in the process of moving to Mount Vernon, Wa. from Indiana. Once I get moved in, I will be setting up a new shop in my garage. Once I get setup, we need to get together to share some woodworking ideas. My projects are wood carving and some furniture.
 
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