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My shop space is in the third stall of our 3-car garage. The footprint is roughly 10' x 16', and the ceiling height is about 12'. This space is shared with a motorcycle, 2 bicycles and a lawnmower.

My tool set:

Ryobi BT3100 table saw with router table extension,
Hitachi B13F 10" bench top drill press,
Skil 3385 9" bench top band saw,
Jet 10" planer/jointer,

plus a 20-year accumulation of routers, sanders, grinders, saws, drills, nailers, a biscuit slot cutter and a pocket screw jig.

For dust collection, I use a mobile DIY system built around a 12 gallon Ridgid shop vacuum and a standard Dust Deputy cyclone. This system attaches directly to my table saw or router table fence using 2 1/2 inch flex hose, and to other tools using adapters. A Jet AFS1000B air filtration system is suspended from the ceiling to draw dusty air from the shop area and blow the cleaned air toward my wife's car. The combination of the two has resulted in no sawdust on the car and very little in my work area.

I recently retired an old Bostitch Trim Air compressor and replaced it with a 4.5 gallon Husky Silent Air oil-free compressor. So far, I really like it, but I haven't had it long enough to write a review or make a recommendation.

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pictures or it DID NOT HAPPEN Welcome 2 LJ's :<)))
 

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you heard the man,we gotta see it to believe,show and tell. welcome to lumber jocks.
 

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Sounds like a really good work place … but as stated already, we must have photos to see what you have set up in there!
 

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Sounds like you have a decent space to work with and it is a little bigger than mine. How are you liking the Ryobi table saw?
 

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Hello Ian. I bought the BT3100 new sometime around 2007. I had to learn a lot about setting it up and adjusting it, and I made quite a few modifications. With that said, it's currently just right for my needs as a hobbyist, and I dread the thought of ever having to replace it.

To everyone who dropped by to comment and welcome me to LJ, thank you. And, shop pics will be up today.
 

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How do you like the Jet 10" combo planner/joiner? I have one and have struggled to get the settings correct.
 

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How do you like the Jet 10" combo planner/joiner? I have one and have struggled to get the settings correct.

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Sometimes, a new tool can become a whole separate hobby for a while.

I bought the 10" version because I wanted the longer jointer tables. I quickly discovered that the tables weren't coplanar and the output table couldn't be locked down very well. To correct this, I added some adjustable supports under the output table to make it rigid and coplanar.

The knives were a pain to adjust, even after some cleaning and light oiling. I've been thinking about replacing the "knife setting gauge" with two pieces of rectangular aluminum extrusion with magnets glued inside. Hopefully, the magnets would hold the knives in the aligned position while the gib screws are being tightened - saw something like this somewhere, but I don't remember the source.

Once I had the knives set correctly, I discovered that the planer table was not parallel to the knives. I think this can be overcome, but I haven't had a chance to think it through and do any tinkering.
 

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How do you like the Jet 10" combo planner/joiner? I have one and have struggled to get the settings correct.

- RCW

Sometimes, a new tool can become a whole separate hobby for a while.

I bought the 10" version because I wanted the longer jointer tables. I quickly discovered that the tables weren t coplanar and the output table couldn t be locked down very well. To correct this, I added some adjustable supports under the output table to make it rigid and coplanar.
I've had similar issues as well and have been considering selling and cutting my losses and either going with seperate equipment or spending much more and getting another combo unit but larger and hopefully better with more adjustment. I really lie the idea of the magnets in the tool to set the knives..I might try that and see if it helps.
thanks.
 
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