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Hi. I currently have a workshop that measures 23'X16' (368 sq. ft.). This is after a renovation the summer of 2010 where a wall was knocked down and the shop opened up. You can see my blog series on the transformation "here": http://lumberjocks.com/Lenny/blog/17797. In 2007 my shop became a dedicated workshop at the rear of my garage but was only 8'X18'. Prior to that, for about 22 years it was an 8'X11' room I carved out of our basement space. I am currently experiencing woodworker euphoria as I now have a wonderful workspace complete with two skylights, heat and a wall mounted air conditioner. Now, when the weather is not too hot, I can open the window in the summer. I finished the walls with texture 111 (T-111) so there is a good bite for hanging things even when you don't catch a stud.

As noted in my profile, for years, my Craftsman radial arm saw was the workhorse of my shop. In May 2009 I purchased a Powermatic 2000, 5 hp beast and wow did I love it. However, after a serious table saw injury in August 2012, I sold the PM and bought a Sawstop 3 hp professional cabinet saw. Other tools I have are: Rikon 14" band saw, Grizzly 8" helical head jointer, DeWalt 735 thickness planer, Ridgid 15" drill press, Bosch 12" sliding compound miter saw, General Industries Hollow Chisel Mortiser, Leigh 24" dovetail jig, Delta oscillating spindle sander, Craftsman 12" lathe with a copycrafter attachment, Rikon belt/disc sander, Kreg pocket hole system, Worksharp 3000, Jet Ambient Air Filter system and an entire router station set up that includes a 17" Incra LS Positioner, a Pinnacle router lift, a Porter Cable 3 1/4 hp router and a Woodpecker table top. I built a router station cabinet for this equipment. I posted a blog series on the build. Just about all of the floor tools are on mobile bases. I also have a Delta 1.5 hp dust collector (DC) and installed 6" plumbing around the perimeter of the shop with 4" drops for the tools. I added a trash can separator. When I built my miter station, I moved the DC outside the shop, into the garage. The plumbing runs through the wall.

My current workbench has a six-drawer cabinet beneath it as well as a leg vise and deadman on the side not visible in the photo. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hey CJ. Thanks a lot. I am loving it!
 

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Awesome workshop Lenny & some really nice toys. You did a fantastic job.
 

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Awesome… but it looks better in person!
You did a great job!
Ellen
 

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welcome home lenny

looking real good there

and in time for the cold too

well done
 

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Lenny;

You have a great shop and some awesome tools to be creative with. Really like all your natural light from windows and skylights.

Thanks for sharing.

Good Luck!
 

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What a wonderful place. Well done sir.
Wow, windows. My shop is still in the basement.
You have moved up and out.

Enjoy,
Steve
 

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Lenny i just love your shop…so neat and clean and i really am happy for you that this happened and you got to expand your shop…you have done a great job , the vac system is very nice…and i love the ladder from your childhood in there…very nice touch…..thanks for posting your new update , am looking forward to the projects that will come out of the great shop…merry Christmas buddy..grizz
 

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Lou, thanks so much. Ellen, thank you and I look forward to your next visit! David, thank you sir. Viking and Steve, thank you. I am so glad I decided to include the skylights and move the A/C from the window. Grizz, Merry Christmas to you as well and thanks for the kind words. Psst, I must confess, the shop is only clean because I was staging for the photos!
 

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Nice job, Lenny. Very nice use of your space. My shop is about the same size, except I have a stairway in it, that I hope to get rid of this winter or spring. Makes it look a lot bigger when you have all of that open floor space. Bet you're glad no one bought your saw back when you had it for sale. Thanks for the update.
 

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Very nice shop. Thanks for sharing it with us.
 

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Thanks Tim. While I love this saw, I have become a firm believer in the Sawstop technology. If I could sell the PM for a fair price, I still would. Thanks rozzi.
 

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It's coming together very nicely, Lenny. Thanks for taking us along on the build. It has been a very enjoyable trip.
 

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so dang tiny!!! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA….SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now filler up in retirement!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND DUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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well as you can see many of us following the build here…and i have now figured it out…i would like you to come and "stage my shop for a few picture takin times"..if thats all it takes to get mine to be as clean and tidy as yours…i once mentioned my shop just had to much wood in it..i didnt get much sympathy from some…maybe i need to not be so selective about what goes into the wood stove..come on over lenny and bring your truck or trailer..or both…ill help you get your shop ready for a whole lot of wood working….lol…grizz
 

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Thank you Danny. Rand, thank you and thanks for the continued interest you showed during the process. MATT! Hey buddy, thanks. I will have to get some projects cranked out to pay for the toys that will "fill 'er up!" Grizz, how many hours from RI to AL? lol You have to remember it is a new shop Grizz. Takes some time to break her in with dirt and dust and what have you. You should have seen the place after I cut several lengths of that sewer pipe. Green dust/chips everywhere including on my wife when I gave her a hug after an evening in the shop. She liked the hug but the green flakes…not so much!
 

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Lenny,

The shop looks awesome. Congratulations! Man that Powermatic fills out a room nicely!
 

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Great Lenny, it's an awesome shop. I did notice in the first picture a clutter corner beginning to develop,
I think the jury better come back with that work bench behind the table saw!!!!
 

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Hey Lenny,
Now that is a sweet looking shop with lots of great toys to play with…nice job all round.
 
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